Concerts, Shows and Events

Concerts, Shows and Events

Every year hundreds of concerts and shows take place in Dublin with stars from the entertainment industry coming to Dublin to preform for both their Irish and international fans. At the Ashling Hotel, we welcome guests everyday who are attending shows and concerts and are looking for tips on the best way to get to the venue so we’ve put together this list to help you on your way.


The 3 Arena

The 3 arena is Ireland’s leading indoor concert venue. The venue was originally known as the point depot and in December 2008 it was reopened as the 02. In 2014, it was rebranded to the 3 Arena. Major artists such as U2, Guns n Roses, Westlife and many more have all played there in recent years. With Ariana Grande, Little Mix, Cher and Rod Stewart due to perform before the year is out.

Getting there: Catch the luas from Museum/Heuston and get off at the Point, the last stop. Couldn’t be easier!


Bord Gais Energy Theatre

Located in Dublin’s docklands, the Bord Gais Energy Theatre is Ireland’s largest fixed seat theatre. The theatre is surrounded by trendy places to eat and drink so there’s plenty to do before and after the show. Popular west end shows including Wicked, the Lion King and Dirty Dancing have all been shown in the theatre. With Kinky Boots, Angela’s Ashes and Grease showing in the coming weeks.

Getting there: Catch the LUAS from Museum/Heuston and get off at the Mayor Square stop, the theatre is just a few minutes’ walk from here.


Olympia Theatre

This theatre first opened its doors in 1879 as Dan Lowery’s Star of Erin Music Hall and has undergone numerous make overs and reopening’s since. The theatre is a great central location on Dame Street and is surrounded by lively bars and places to eat.

Getting there: Hop on the 66E bus towards Merrion Square and get off at Ormond quay, the Olympia is just a 5-minute walk away.  Alternatively Catch the LUAS from Museum/Heuston to Jervis and take a walk through Dublin’s cultural hub – Temple Bar.


Vicar Street

Vicar street is one of Dublin’s most loved comedy and music venues. It first opened it doors in 1998 and underwent and extension in 2002. Today Vicar street is a hugely popular venue with comedians such as Tommy Tiernan, Al Murray and Ardal O’Hanlon all taking to the stage regularly.

Getting there: A 7-minute taxi journey or an 18-minute walk from the Ashling Hotel.


Gaiety Theatre

Located just off Grafton Street, the Gaiety Theatre specialises in operatic and musical productions, it is holds residence to the worldwide phenomenon which is Riverdance. Performers and playwrights associated with the theatre have been celebrated with hand-prints cast in bronze and set in the pavement including Maureen Potter and John B Keane.

Getting there: Catch the 69 bus from Heuston station towards Poolbeg and get off at the Central Bank, the Gaiety theatre is an 8-minute walk from there. Alternatively, it’s a 20-minute drive away. The Luas can also be taken from the Museum to Abbey street, with a 10-minute walk down the main shopping street – Grafton street.


Royal Hospital Kilmainham

The Royal Hospital Kilmainham is widely regarded as one of Dublin’s best live music venues. It’s played host to major artists such as Blur, Damien Rice and Kodaline. The venue also hosts the popular forbidden fruit festival every year.

Getting there: The Ashling Hotel is just a 13-minute walk, or a 6-minute drive away from the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.


Croke Park

Croke Park is the GAA headquarters and also hosts major concerts throughout the year. Bruce Springsteen, Ed Sheeran, The Rolling Stones and the Spice Girls have all played concerts here in recent years. As well as being a major concert venue, Croke Park is one of the best sports stadiums in Europe and holds many GAA fixtures through the year.

Getting there:

Catch the LUAS from Museum to Bus Aras/Connolly and then catch the 27 bus to Strandville Avenue, Croke Park is a 10-minute walk from there.

Alternatively, Croke Park is approximately a 15-minute drive away from the Ashling Hotel.


Aviva Stadium

The Aviva Stadium on Lansdowne road is the home of Irish Rugby and Football but is also a major concert venue. Acts including Robbie Williams and Rihanna, Phil Collins and Billy Joel have all played concerts here in recent years.

Getting there: Catch the LUAS into the city centre and then get the dart to Lansdowne road, the Aviva Stadium is a 1-minute walk from there.


Phoenix Park

Is one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city. It facilitates – Bloom, Ireland’s premier gardening festival, The Popes visit on 2018 and also was awarded the prestigious gold international large parks award 2018.

Getting there: Turn right outside the front door of the hotel, the park is approx 7 – minute walk from our door, close enough to be our back garden.


Our front desk team are always happy to help with directions and any queries you may have throughout your stay.

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