Dublin is a city of culture and you will never be short of things to do when you visit Dublin. Comedy and music gigs take place around the corner from the hotel in the world famous Olympia Theatre while the Gaiety Theatre which is over 140 years old has seen many a famous actor thread its boards when performing plays. Dublin also has its fair share of large entertainment venues such as the 3arena, and the Aviva Stadium within commutable distance of the hotel which regularly play host to some of the World’s greatest artists.
The Aviva Stadium was built in 2007 on the site of the former Lansdowne Road stadium and is the home stadium for both the national Irish rugby team as well as the national Irish football team. The impressive architectural structure is quite unique, with a bowl-like shape, and can hold up to 51,000 people for most sporting events, or up to 65,000 for music concerts (for example both Rihanna and Lady Gaga have both played this venue). The Aviva stadium has hosted some of the most exciting sporting events in recent history and this looks set to continue this year.
Croke Park Stadium
The Croke Park Stadium is located on the North Side of Dublin and is the home of the GAA sports- both Gaelic football and hurling. Following a large redevelopment programme in the late 1990s, the capacity of the stadium increased to over 82,000 people, and this has been reached for both sporting events and concerts. The Croke Park Stadium is definitely worth a visit, even for those without an overt interest in sport, to experience the Etihad walkway tour; this tour takes you out on a walkway that is 44 metres off the ground that offers breathtaking views of the stadium and the surrounding Dublin area.
The 3 Arena (formerly the O2 Arena/ the Point) is one of Dublin's largest concert venues, with a capacity of just under 15,000 people and the option of retractable seating- making it a very flexible venue for everything from music acts to acrobatics. There is always an impressive programme of acts scheduled to play the Arena, so it is well worth looking at the 3Arena site before a trip to Dublin. The proximity of the 3Arena to the Red Line Luas also means that it is very accessible from the Drury Court Hotel.
Located just a stone's throw away from the Drury Court Hotel, the Gaiety Theatre is one of Ireland's oldest theatres, founded in 1871. It has played host to a number of cultural events over the years- everything from the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest, to Riverdance and culminating each year in the famous Gaiety Theatre pantomime. Just in front of the theatre, visitors can see the bronzed handprints of many of the Gaiety's most renowned stars- including Luciano Pavarotti, John B. Keane and Brian Friel. Please see the Gaiety Theatre website for full details of upcoming shows and ticket prices.
Bord Gais Energy Theatre
The most recently opened large theatre in Dublin, the Bord Gais Energy Theatre has a capacity of over 2,100 seats, and as such attracts some of the very best touring productions of plays, musicals and one-off concerts. Designed by the internationally renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, the theatre is in the heart of the Grand Canal docklands, one of the areas to benefit from council funding, meaning that it is surrounded by lovely cafes, bars and restaurants. Similarly the modern design of the theatre's interior ensures that audiences have a fantastic view and audio experience from all sections of the theatre- which would certainly be more unusual in older theatres. The Bord Gais is certainly within walking distance or a short walk from the Drury Court Hotel, making it an ideal location for a cultural night out in Dublin.
National Concert Hall
Located just a few minutes' walk from the Drury Court Hotel, the National Concert Hall is the main venue for classical music concerts in Ireland and has been host to some of the biggest names in classical music in the last years. The RTE National Symphony Orchestra is the resident orchestra, providing a beautiful backing to the visiting musicians and special events, such as film screenings. The interior style of the concert hall is reminiscent of the 1890s, when the hall was originally built, making any visit to the National Concert Hall a truly memorable occasion.
Originally opened as a music hall, the Olympia Theatre has been providing quality entertainment since 1879 and its city centre location makes it a great choice for anyone staying at the Drury Court Hotel. The theatre is host to a number of musical and theatrical acts, and has seen names such as Adele, Billy Connolly, The Script and the Gleeson family perform in recent years. Its capacity is approximately 1,500 people, meaning that visitors are guaranteed a truly intimate show when they visit.
One of the more intimate venues in Dublin, Vicar Street has a fantastic reputation for providing consistently high quality music and comedy gigs. Stars such as Tommy Tiernan, Dara O'Briain and Lana Del Rey have all performed here in truly memorable shows, and the upcoming calendar looks equally promising. Located just around the corner from Christchurch Cathedral, the venue is easily accessed from our city centre location.
The Abbey Theatre is Ireland's National Theatre, established in 1904 with the aim of promoting and nurturing theatrical talent- especially homegrown talent. Since this date the Abbey has hosted a huge number of incredibly successful performances from playwrights both traditional and modern, and some of the stars that began on the Abbey stage have gone on to international acclaim. For any guests with an interest in theatre, especially theatre designed to be thought provoking and exciting, then a visit to the Abbey should not be passed up.