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The RDS Arena is a multi-purpose sports, event and music venue, owned by the Royal Dublin Society and located in the Dublin suburb of Ballsbridge, Ireland. With our premium location in Ballsbridge, Ariel House is the perfect choice of accommodation near the RDS. Our Ballsbridge B&B is within walking distance of this world renowned arena. Offering award-winning breakfasts, spacious, relaxing bedrooms and outstanding customer service, our charming Victorian guesthouse in Dublin 4 is the perfect place to rest your head when attending an event at the RDS arena.

About The RDS Arena 

In 1731, 14 Irishmen came together in Dublin united by a common aim – to improve the poor economic condition of the country by promoting agriculture, arts, industry and science in Ireland. This objective, they believed, could be achieved by the dissemination of knowledge and new ideas. And so, the Royal Dublin Society was born! The Society developed into an invaluable resource from which grew major national institutions including the National Botanic Gardens (1795), the Veterinary College (1800), the National Gallery of Ireland (1854), the National College of Art and Design (1877), the National Museum of Ireland (1877), the Natural History Museum (1877), the National Library of Ireland (1877) and the Radium Institute (1914).

The RDS arena itself was originally developed to host equestrian events, including the annual Dublin Horse Show, which was first held there in 1868. Today, it hosts a broad array of shows, exhibitions, sports events, and concerts. The RDS is a huge complex consisting of several meeting rooms, concert halls, backstage areas and dressing rooms, a library and four large multi-purpose halls as well as the main arena area and the Simmonscourt Complex. It's not uncommon for several events at once to take place at the RDS. The sheer size of the arena makes it one of the most popular choices of venue in Ireland for staging any type of large event.

Book Award-Winning Accommadation Near The RDS 

Rated by Expedia customers among the top 500 hotels in the world, Ariel House is the leading B&B Ballsbridge has to offer. Book a stay at Ariel House and enjoy just a short stroll to the wonderful RDS Arena. Our ideal location finds our Ballsbridge B&B within short distance of Dublin City Centre too if you fancy exploring all that the city has to offer during your stay. We welcome guests from all over the world each year who attending concerts, conferences or other events at the RDS Arena. Promising award-winning home cooked breakfasts and an incredible night's sleep, Ariel House offers simply unrivalled Ballsbridge accommodation.


  • Build by the Royal Dublin Society, founded in 1731
  • A major space for exhibitions and conferences
  • Facilities business and social gatherings of all sizes
  • The RDS Foundation Program aims to improve Ireland’s economic position
  • The RDS promotes the development of Agriculture, Arts, Science and Industry.