Royal Dublin Society, Ballsbridge


The Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show is the highlight of the summer and runs annually for five days, Wednesday to Sunday following the August bank holiday weekend. The Dublin Horse Show began in 1868 on the lawns of Leinster House. The first Shows featured led horses, ‘leaping’ demonstrations and the Stone Wall competition. In 1881 the Show was moved to Ballsbridge where it has been held annually ever since...

In times past the Ladies’ Hunter Classes were judged on the Thursday of the Show: as a result Thursday became famous as Ladies’ Day. Today, the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show showcases the best show horses and national and international show-jumpers and is Ireland’s leading equestrian event. The show boasts one of the largest prize funds of any equestrian event in the world. Every year the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show is host to the world renowned Aga Khan Nations’ Cup which was first presented in 1926 and the legendary Puissance.

Catering for everyone the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show includes an exhibition of crafts and antiques, a diverse range of shopping and exhibition stands with many food outlets, restaurants and bars on site. The Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show continues to celebrate the Irish-bred horse on an international stage, with the aim of setting standards in equine breeding and performance and endeavouring to create a market place for Irish bred horses.

Directions to the RDS

By Car.

Outside Trinity College, take Nassau Street (N11) for about 150 metres then turn right following the signposts for the R118. Follow the R118 (also known as Mount Street which becomes Merrion Road) for approximately 2km. The RDS Main Complex will be situated on the right hand side. To go to the Simmonscourt Complex continue along the Merrion Road and turn right into Simmonscourt Road. The RDS Simmonscourt Complex is situated on the left hand side after the two office buildings

By Bus

The RDS is serviced by bus routes number 4,7,8 and 18 (Directly) which stop outside the Main Hall Entrance to the RDS on the Merrion Road. These bus services can be availed of on Nassau Street outside Trinity College. Routes numbers 46a,145 (Walking Distance)

By Train.

Dublin DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) service also operates from the City Centre to Ballsbridge. Travel southbound to Lansdowne or Sandymount stations.

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