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Meetings and Conferences

The RDS is Ireland’s largest venue for meetings and conferences, offering a superb location and setting with magnificent heritage. Our expert staff provide critical support to conference organisers. They are specially skilled at demonstrating how different combinations of halls or rooms can facilitate just about any scale or format of conference.

The RDS has 10 multi-purpose conference and exhibition halls with access to 15 breakout rooms and a capacity for up to 12,000 delegates at any one time. 

Flexibility is often the key to the success of a major event. For example, many of the halls are adjoining and have nearby meeting rooms to facilitate varying breakout session requirements. Hall 1 (Main Hall) accommodates up to 4,000 delegates in theatre style while the Concert Hall, with retractable tiered seating, provides a superb conference venue for up to 1,000 delegates. Hall 8 (Simmonscourt) has capacity for up to 6,500 delegates, while the Minerva Suite is perfect for a small event for up to 130 delegates. For full details, please consult the RDS Floor Plans for Hall locations and capacities consult Venue Capacities and Site Map.


Example Conference and Meeting hall sizes at the RDS:

Conference Size

Recommended Venue

up to 6,500

Hall 8 (Simmonscourt)

up to 4,000

Hall 1 (Main Hall)

up to 3,000

up to 1,000

up to 1,000

up to 130

Hall 2 (Shelbourne Hall)

Hall 3 (Serpentine Hall)

Hall 7 (Concert Hall)

Minerva Suite

up to 100

 Merrion Room

up to 100

up to 60

up to 50

Hall 5B (Dodder Suite)

Presidents Room

Hall 5D (Dodder Suite)


*The above capacity numbers are indicative therefore subject to change and may vary depending on the clients’ final layout.


The RDS Conference Village is a partnership between the RDS venue and local hotels to provide nearby accommodation allocations during your conference.


International conferences held at the RDS include...

The International Pig Veterinary Society Congress, the International Air Transport Association’s AGM, the 7th World Congress on Women's Mental Health, the World of Coffee, organised by SCAE (Speciality Coffee Association of Europe) and IUFoST–the World Congress of Food Science and Technology.


What our conference clients say...

 "I would like to thank you for having us for the 72nd IATA Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit at the Royal Dublin Society earlier this month. This prestigious venue certainly added to the successful delivery of the IATA AGM, which is a key event in the global aviation calendar.Your staff’s dedication and professionalism greatly contributed to the satisfaction of our member airlines, industry partners and sponsors. Our delegates were extremely pleased by the level of services and accommodation offered.’"

Antony Tyler, Director General and CEO, International Air Transport Association.


The unique benefit of being a very flexible venue gives the RDS team the ability to tailor to individual client requirements. To speak to one of the RDS dedicated sales team call + 353 (0)1 668 0866 or email sales@rds.ie.

We are ready to help you find the perfect space for your next event.

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