T-6 Weeks: Guide to Dublin

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There’s only 6 weeks left until Web Summit 2015! With the countdown clock well and truly ticking, we’ve decided to begin the Startup Series, a weekly blog series designed to get you ready for the conference in November. First up: our guide to Dublin.

This year’s Web Summit will see people from the Bahamas, Panama, the USA and beyond touching down in Dublin. For many attendees it will be their first time on the Emerald Isle, with little knowledge of their surroundings. If that sounds like you then listen up: we’ve tips on getting around, getting to the conference and seeing the main attractions.

How do I get around?

Public Transport

If you’ll be relying on public transport for the duration of your stay then you should consider picking up a Leap Visitor Card. This ticket is around €20 and it allows for unlimited travel on the Dublin Bus, Luas (Dublin’s tram system) and DART (Dublin’s train system), for 72 hours. Note that the Leap Card cannot be used on the Aircoach.


There’s an abundance of taxis in Dublin: 25,000 to be exact. You should have no bother grabbing a taxi – you can either find a taxi rank or use Hailo or Uber. Bear in mind the initial charge of €3.60, or €4.00 if you’re traveling between 8pm and 8am. From then on the fare is calculated on the basis of distance travelled or time (if the vehicle is moving under a certain speed).

What’s the story with the RDS?

The RDS, short for the Royal Dublin Society, is Web Summit’s current home. At forty acres, it’s the only venue in the country that’s able to cope with the 30,000 people who will be attending Web Summit this year.


Getting there

From the city centre

Catch the DART towards Bray/Greystones. Get off at the Sandymount stop.

Or, hail a taxi and ask to go to the RDS – they’ll know it. It should cost you around €15, but it could be more if there’s heavy traffic.

Or, hop in a bus to get there. You can take the 4, 7, 8 or 18.

From the airport

It is easy to get to the RDS from the airport. Just buy an Aircoach ticket and hop on Route 702: Dublin Airport to Greystones/Bray. You’ll be getting out at the fifth stop, the RDS/Bewley’s hotel stop.

What else should I check out while I’m here?

Christ Church Cathedral

christ Church

Explore the crypt at Christ Church Cathedral and you’ll be experiencing the city’s oldest surviving structure. Here you’ll find fascinating memorials and a mummified cat and rat – as described in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. Plus, Web Summit attendees can get a reduced entry price of only €5, which includes a guided tour.

Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse

How could you visit the home of Guinness without seeing where it all began? In 1759, the brewery at St, James Gate began to produce the black stuff that is now world famous. Today, you can visit the Guinness Storehouse to drink in the history of the iconic brand, learn how to pour the perfect pint, and enjoy 360° views of the city with a pint in hand.

Trinity College Dublin


Trinity College sits in the heart of Dublin, and is as much a loved tourist attraction as it is a respected university. Stroll through the grounds yourself or take a guided tour to learn about the story of the campus. The walking tour also gives you access to the Book of Kells, a must-see for any Dublin tourist.

National Gallery of Ireland

National Gallery of Ireland

Home to over 15,000 masterpieces, you’ll no doubt be inspired by the fine art that lines the walls at the National Gallery of Ireland. As well as housing Irish art, it has work by the greats such as Picasso, Rembrandt and Monet. Entrance is free and it’s open every day of the week.

So there you have it – a guide to Dublin for the lucky startups joining us in November. If your startup isn’t on the list yet, what are you waiting for? Apply for Alpha today.

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