Royal Dublin Society Showground

Spectator Sport in Southside

This impressive, Victorian-era showground is used for various exhibitions throughout the year. The most important annual event here is the late-July Dublin Horse Show, which includes an international showjumping contest. Leinster rugby also plays its home matches in the 35,000-capacity arena. Ask at the tourist office for other events.

The Royal Dublin Society Showground was founded in 1731 and has had its headquarters in a number of well-known Dublin buildings, including Leinster House from 1814 to 1925. The society was involved in the foundation of the National Museum, National Library, National Gallery and National Botanic Gardens.