Horsing around at the Dublin Horse Show

The Irish capital is more than just brews, amazing architecture and craic. Dublin Horse Show is the largest equestrian event in all of Ireland and something you don’t want to miss.

The best horses as well as national and international show-jumpers are all on display from July 21 – to 24 this year, when the annual Dublin Horse Show takes place. There is nothing quite like it and we have all the information you need, straight from the horse’s mouth.

A historical event

Nothing says fancy quite like an equestrian event, and the people of Dublin all put on their Sunday best for the entirety of the Horse Show. The very first show was held in 1864 and was one of the earliest leaping competitions ever held. Since then it has grown into a high profile international and national competition. So book your tickets and make your way to the grounds at the Royal Dublin Society Arena.

The competitions

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With competitions spanning from small horses and working hunter horses to junior equitation and qualifying rounds, any equestrian fan will find themselves in a horse heaven. There are also parades and equestrian entertainment to be found throughout the show days. Keep up to date with all that is going on at the competitions page.

What to do


You can enjoy fine dining at the many restaurants and bars, where you can toast your friends with some refreshments. There are countless dining options available, catering to adults and children alike.

You can also shop until you drop at the show grounds. More than 300 trade stands are ready for you to browse through, offering everything from arts and antiques to fashion and equestrian gear. Whatever you might need, you’ll find here.

An entertaining event

Every year the Dublin Horse Show offers a wide range of entertainment to keep you busy all day long. In 2016 they are adding music and circus acts that will be roaming the showgrounds. On the Band Lawn a special theatrical performance named the “Hush Circus” will be held, where three unique acrobatic and clown performers will amuse and amaze the entire family. In addition, magician Brian Daly will perform magic tricks and Ireland’s leading barbershop quartet #4 in a Bar” will perform on the Band Lawn.

Children can have the time of their life at the ever popular Kids’ Zone, where they can enjoy an inflatable slide and bouncing castles as well as face painting. Check out the show’s own music and entertainment page for a complete overview of the many happenings here

How to get there

When you’re staying at our Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel, the RDS Arena is just a 5-minute drive away. There is designated parking at nearby sites with shuttle transport to and from the event. If you don’t have a car of your own then there are excellent transport links available, ranging from buses, trains and taxis. Check out the event’s own transport information page for detailed maps and an overview of nearby bus stops.

Whether you want to enjoy the competitions or just the fantastic atmosphere, then the Dublin Horse Show is where you need to go. Don’t miss out on the biggest event in Ireland, you won’t regret it.

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