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Dublin International Film Festival

A celebration of the best in contemporary world cinema with over 100 film premieres and various panels during 12 days. The Dublin International Film Festival will be held online this year. Please check the website for more details.

Date: 03 March 2021 - 14 March 2021
Venue: Virtual event.


St. Patrick's Day Festival

Instead of an in-person festival, the 2021 St Patrick’s Day Festival will be a series of virtual events held on the new online TV channel ‘SPF TV’. This channel can be accessed globally for everyone around the world to enjoy. There will be a vibrant selection of live music from home grown talent as well as art, theatre, storytelling and poetry performances.

Date: 12 March 2021 - 17 March 2021
Venue: Virtual event.


St Patrick's Day Parade

Ireland's largest street party consisting of parades, fireworks, family carnivals, street performances and ceilidh dancing has gone digital in 2021. People around the world are encouraged to share photos of their home-parade using the hashtag #RTEVirtualParade on social media platforms.

Date: 17 March 2021 - 17 March 2021


Dublin Fringe Festival

Ireland's largest festival for the performing arts has grown from its modest beginnings in 1995 to become one of the city's best-loved events. It now puts on hundreds of performances in various venues throughout the city. Expect a programme of fantastic, beautiful, exciting live performances in the fields of dance, music and visual arts. Total audiences exceed 30,000 in what has become a festival of international importance.

Date: 11 September 2021 - 26 September 2021
Venue: Various venues in Dublin.


Dublin Theatre Festival

The best time to experience Dublin's many theatres is during the city's annual Dublin Theatre Festival. For 16 days, stages across Dublin come alive with a range of productions ranging from dance to live theatre. As well as plenty of home-grown talent, visitors have the opportunity to see acts from all corners of the world.

Date: 30 September 2021 - 17 October 2021
Venue: Various Dublin theatres.


Dublin City Marathon

More than 10,000 runners have participated over recent years in the KBC Dublin City Marathon. The 42.2km (26.2 miles) race starts on Fitzwilliam Street Upper and finishes in Merrion Square North, both near the city centre. The route passes through many of Dublin's most historic Georgian streets, with Trinity College, St Stephens Green and Phoenix Park among the highlights of a mainly flat single-lap course. Thousands of spectators line the route to watch the race and cheer on the runners.

Date: 24 October 2021 - 24 October 2021
Venue: Streets of Dublin.

Free to spectate.

Samhain Halloween Festival

One of the city's few genuinely Celtic traditions, with parties and celebrations climaxing in fireworks and a thrilling night-time procession of banshees, devils, druids and dragons.

Date: 31 October 2021 - 01 November 2021
Venue: Venues throughout the city.


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Featured Hotels


Central Hotel

This cheap, city centre hotel harks back almost 200 years. It is very old school Dublin and as such boasts some impressive period features in its façade and public areas. The rooms have been recently refurbished, with free Wi-Fi available in most of them, though snuggle up in the Library Bar and the years still drift away.

Number 31

Overlooking elegant Fitzwilliam Place, Number 31 is the former home of Ireland's leading architect, Sam Stephenson. It has since been converted into a highly sophisticated, award-winning guesthouse with an emphasis on detail, luxury and simplicity. This stylish property offers a variety of en-suite accommodation, as well as secure car parking, but it's the intimate beauty that wins guests over.

The Shelbourne

A veritable Dublin institution immortalised in James Joyce's epic Ulysses, and now something of a hub for the Ireland rugby team, the 5-star Shelbourne Hotel has been home to the rich and famous (and even royalty) since its opening in the 18th century. Centrally located beside St Stephen's Green, with 265 opulent rooms, celebrated bars and restaurants, and a smart health club, it remains one of Dublin's most distinguished hotels.

The Merrion Hotel

Dublin's most sumptuous 142-room hotel looks like a standard Georgian block of houses, but behind its modest façade, it has been sensitively restored to combine period elegance with 5-star modern facilities. There's a classy restaurant, sizeable pool, gym and spa, but also magnificent formal, landscaped gardens, forming a serene haven far removed from the frenetic city centre.

The Fitzwilliam Hotel

Luxurious and ultra-modern, The Fitzwilliam commands a striking central location with the calm and tranquillity of St Stephen's Green to one side and Grafton Street to the other. Theirs is a stark, minimalist interpretation of typical country house features, using chrome, frosted glass, large leather sofas and dramatic down lighting. Its large roof garden is great for summer sunshine.

The Dylan

Located in the western canal belt, this small boutique hotel is the epitome of style and sophistication. It's housed in a former 17th-century theatre, which in its heyday staged concerts conducted by Antonio Vivaldi. Today, the minimalist east-meets-west designer décor of the 40 individually designed guest rooms, combined with an intimate courtyard garden, spectacular canal views, efficient staff and an excellent restaurant, ensures a luxurious stay.