Plan Your Visit

You've decided to travel to Dublin for St. Patrick's Festival 2022.

A great decision!  

Here you'll find information about Dublin, as well as all you need to know about the St. Patrick's Day Parade, Festival Quarter at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks and tips and recommendations to make the most of your Festival experience. 

Enjoying Dublin 

  • Welcome To Dublin!

    Dublin is Ireland's capital city (though our friends in Cork would often disagree!) In Irish, we call our home Baile Átha Cliath.  

    The city is divided by the River Liffey and locals refer to the Northside (the north side of the river) and the South Side (the south side of the river). Our ancient city, and beautiful county beyond, is home to a wonderfully diverse population of 1.43 million. In Dublin, you will find a city where history and heritage meet contemporary life.  

    While the primary language we use is English, our native language is Irish. The Euro is our currency, but remember if you are heading to Northern Ireland you will need Sterling. We drive on the left hand side of the road so please be careful when driving, cycling or crossing the road. 

    Dublin lies on the East coast of Ireland, so you can enjoy all the buzz of a modern European city, while a short journey will bring you to beautiful beaches and coastal towns. Dublin is surrounded by hills, mountains, forests and lakes, all easily accessible for those who enjoy the outdoors. 

    Ireland is renowned for its warm welcome and friendly people. From our cultural greats and artistic treasures, to our incredible food and world class hospitality, we love to chat and we rarely let the truth get in the way of a good story! Our use of the phrase 'Top of the morning to you' is greatly exaggerated. No one in Ireland has ever uttered these words! We also never refer to St. Patrick's Day as 'Patty's Day'. This is a phrase that is sure to result in copious amounts of eye rolling, so best to avoid it! 

  • Explore

    The best place to find information to help you plan a truly remarkable Dublin experience can be found at www.visitdublin.ie brought to you by our friends at Fáilte Ireland. There are also two Tourist Offices in Dublin, one at Visit Dublin Centre Suffolk Street and one at O'Connell Street Tourist Information Centre where you will be met by a friendly team of experts who can give you all the information you need on Dublin, and Ireland.  

    You'll find a wealth of information online to help you make the very most of your trip to Dublin and Ireland, from official tourism websites such as www.ireland.com  www.discoverireland.com and www.failteireland.ie as well as a host of independent websites and travel blogs. 

  • Stay

    There are a huge range of accommodations in Dublin to suit all tastes and budgets, from five star hotels and budget hostels, to B&B's, guesthouses and short stay apartments. 

    Irelandhotels.com is the official consumer site of the Irish Hotels Federation and offers hundreds of hotels and guesthouses in Dublin and throughout the island of Ireland, along with a vast collection of unique packages and hotel breaks. 

  • Travel

    Getting around the Dublin area is easy. Many Festival events and Dublin attractions are within walking distance of the city centre, which is where the Parade is located. You can also jump on our coastal train, the DART, to discover the beautiful towns and villages dotted along the coast, or use our extensive public bus network to travel the city and suburbs. There's the Luas tram system to get you out to the suburbs too as well as bicycle hire throughout the city! If you are here for a few days then the best value across bus and rail options is the Leap Visitor Card
     
    Why not download the official Transport for Ireland Journey Planner to view all Dublin's transport options. It's completely free and covers bus, Luas, taxis, ferries and even walking! 

    All options for travelling around Dublin can be found here: https://www.visitdublin.com/see-do/travel-and-planning/getting-around  

  • Closures and Diversions

    Certain roads and streets will be closed for Parade and Festival events. For up to date information on transport diversions, traffic and road closures, visit https://www.theaa.com/route-planner/traffic-news/ireland 

  • Bank Holiday Closures

    It is worth remembering that St. Patrick's Day, Thursday March 17, 2022 is a Bank Holiday in Ireland. All Government offices, and civic and public services will be closed, such as banks and post offices. Many businesses close on this day. Supermarkets, shopping centres, shops, petrol stations, bars, cafes and restaurants continue to trade but it is worth checking individual websites and social media channels in advance.  

    In 2022, a special once-off Public Holiday on Friday March 18 has been announced by the Government of Ireland, in recognition of the efforts of the general public, volunteers and all workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in remembrance of those who lost their lives due to the pandemic. The same closures to Government, civic and public services and businesses will apply.  

  • Covid-19

    If you are travelling to Ireland from overseas please ensure you read the latest travel requirements relating to Covid-19 here: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/77952-government-advice-on-international-travel/ 

    All St. Patrick's Festival events will implement the prevailing public health guidelines at the time of the Festival. Any such advice will be published here and on social media channels nearer the time of the Festival.

Parade

Whether you've been coming to the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin for years or this is your first visit, here are all the details you will need to make the most of our wonderful street spectacle! 

  • Location

    Dublin City Centre , running from Parnell Square in the north of the city, down O'Connell Street, over O'Connell Bridge and through the south side of the city, ending at St. Stephen's Green.  

    A route map will be published shortly. 

  • Dates & Times

    Thursday March 17, 2022, from 12pm to 2pm 

  • Tickets

    No tickets are required for you to attend the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Simply pick a spot along the route and enjoy the spectacle and excitement! 

    If you would like a seat at the Parade, there are a limited amount of tickets available to purchase for Grandstand Seats. Please see here for information.

  • Age Restrictions

    All ages are welcome at the Parade

  • Accessibility

    We work hard to facilitate our communities with disabilities and additional needs, so that all our people can fully participate in the St. Patrick's Festival Parade, Festival Quarter and various events. Please see here for information and application forms for Accessible Viewing.

  • Comfort

    We've celebrated St. Patrick's Day in both snow blizzards and tropical sunshine, so keep an eye on the forecast and dress appropriately!  The Parade takes approximately 2 hours to pass, so make sure to bring refreshments to keep you hydrated and happy.  It's best to wear comfortable footwear. Free portaloos will be available at many points along the Parade route and will be cleaned and restocked on an on-going basis. 

  • Pets

    While no-one will stop you from bringing your pets to the Parade we would ask you to consider their best interests. The Parade can be very loud with lots of marching bands, spectacle noises and of course hundreds and thousands of visitors. Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs are of course trained for these kinds of situations. 

Festival Quarter 

Join us for a magical day-to-night urban Festival for all, in the heart of Dublin, at Festival Quarter at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks in Dublin 7 from March 16 – 20.  

  • Location

    National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7, D07 XKV4 

  • About Festival Quarter

    Most official St. Patrick's Festival events will take place at Festival Quarter at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks. 

    The grounds of the stunning, historic heritage site will be transformed into a magical day-to-night urban Festival for all, in the heart of Dublin, featuring many great venues such as Spiegeltent Mór and Spiegeltent Beag, a 3,000 capacity outdoor Main Stage, Craic Comedy Tent, Story Yurt, performance spaces, relaxation areas and a dedicated Irish Food and Craft Village. Festival Quarter will be a bustling hub for locals and visitors alike! 

  • Festival Quarter Days

    Festival Quarter Days is the day time programme of events for all ages, which runs March 17 - 20 from 12pm to 6pm. All Festival Quarter Days events are free, no ticket is required and entry is on a first come, first served basis, subject to capacity. See Programme for more details.

  • Festival Quarter Nights

    Festival Quarter Nights is the night time programme of events for over 18s, which runs March 16 – 19 from 6pm to 10.30pm. Many Festival Quarter Nights are free, no ticket is required and entry is on a first come, first served basis, subject to capacity. Some Festival Quarter Nights events on March 18 and 19 require a pre purchased ticket. See Programme for details and ticket purchase information

  • Transport

    The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks is located in Dublin 7. The Eircode is D07 XKV4. The Museum is a 15 – 20 minute walk from O'Connell Street, straight down the quays on the northside of the city. It is very easily accessible by Luas and Bus, both of which stop right outside the Museum. It is also adjacent to Heuston Station, one of Dublin's main rail connection points to the rest of the country.  

    Please note there is no on-site parking at Collins Barracks during the Festival. The nearest car park is Park Rite - Smithfield Market Car Park, Queen St, Dublin, D07 NX33 It is a10 minute walk from Collins Barracks. 

  • Age Restrictions

    Festival Quarter is open to all ages from 12pm – 6pm 

    From 6pm – 10.30pm it is strictly for over 18s  

    Please ensure all under 18s leave the site by 6pm daily 

    All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult 

    Valid ID will be required for 6pm – 10.30pm entry 

    First entry is 12pm. Last entry is 10pm 

  • Respect Our Neighbours

    The Museum is located in a residential area. Please respect those living in the area and enter and exit quietly. Be careful where you park and do not park illegally or block access to footpaths and driveways. 

    Ideally, please walk or use public transport to access Festival Quarter.  

  • Accessibility

    Details will be announced shortly. 

  • Pets

    Animals are not allowed in Festival Quarter, with the exception of Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs. 

Wednesday March 16
Festival Quarter Nights 

Time

6pm – 10.30pm 

Age Restrictions 

Strictly over 18 

Programme  

See here

Tickets 

No ticket required, entry is on a first come, first served basis, subject to capacity 

Food & Craft Village at Festival Quarter 

Time 

6pm – 10.30pm  

Age Restrictions 

Strictly over 18 

Tickets 

No ticket required, entry is on a first come, first served basis, subject to capacity 

Thursday March 17
Festival Quarter Days 

Time 

12pm – 6pm  

Age Restrictions 

All ages 

Programme  

See here

Tickets 

No ticket required, entry is on a first come, first served basis, subject to capacity 

Festival Quarter Nights 

Time

6pm – 10.30pm 

Age Restrictions 

Strictly over 18 

Programme  

See here

Tickets 

No ticket required, entry is on a first come, first served basis, subject to capacity 

Food & Craft Village

Time 

12pm – 10.30pm  

Age Restrictions 

Before 6pm, all ages  

After 6pm, strictly over 18 

Tickets 

No ticket required, entry is on a first come, first served basis, subject to capacity 

Friday March 18
Festival Quarter Days 

Time 

12pm – 6pm  

Age Restrictions 

All ages 

Programme  

See here

Tickets 

No ticket required, entry is on a first come, first served basis, subject to capacity 

Festival Quarter Nights 

Time 

6pm – 10.30pm 

Age Restrictions 

Strictly over 18 

Programme  

See here 

Tickets 

Pre purchased tickets are required for a number of events, please see event pages for details 

Food & Craft Village

Time 

12pm – 10.30pm  

Age Restrictions 

Before 6pm, all ages 

After 6pm, strictly over 18 

Tickets 

No ticket required, entry is on a first come, first served basis, subject to capacity 

Saturday March 19
Festival Quarter Days 

Time 

12pm – 6pm  

Age Restrictions 

All ages 

Programme  

See here

Tickets 

No ticket required, entry is on a first come, first served basis, subject to capacity 

Festival Quarter Nights 

Time 

6pm – 10.30pm 

Age Restrictions 

Strictly over 18 

Programme  

See here 

Tickets 

Pre purchased tickets are required for a number of events, please see event pages for details 

Food & Craft Village

Time 

12pm – 10.30pm  

Age Restrictions 

Before 6pm, all ages 

After 6pm, strictly over 18 

Tickets 

No ticket required, entry is on a first come, first served basis, subject to capacity 

Sunday March 20
Festival Quarter Days 

Time 

12pm – 6pm  

Age Restrictions 

All ages 

Programme  

See here

Tickets 

No ticket required, entry is on a first come, first served basis, subject to capacity 

Food & Craft Village

Time 

12pm – 6pm  

Age Restrictions 

All ages

Tickets 

No ticket required, entry is on a first come, first served basis, subject to capacity 

Breathe Festival

Breathe Festival is a wonderful new programme of wellness and resilience for the self, our communities and our planet. Brought to you by Happenings, the event takes place on the grounds of The Law Society of Ireland in Dublin 7, on March 18 and 19. 

  • Location

    The Law Society of Ireland, Dublin 7, D07 E98Y  

  • About Breathe

    Sustainable, meaningful cultural event producers Happenings, in partnership with St. Patrick's Festival, will bring their own inimitable style and insights to Breathe Festival, a wonderful programme of wellness and resilience for the self, our communities and our planet in The Law Society, Dublin 7. All ages are welcome to relax and breathe with yoga and mindfulness classes and activities, talks, demos, local food offerings, a mobile sauna and more!

  • Transport

    Details will be announced shortly. 

  • Accessibility

    Details will be announced shortly. 

  • Pets

    Animals are not allowed in The Law Society grounds, with the exception of Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs. 

Leave No Trace

Always remember - love this place, leave no trace. Please use the bins provided or take home any waste and dispose of it correctly. Please avoid single use plastics when you can and make sure to recycle where possible.  

We all love to wave our flags and wear our shamrocks, please consider making them yourself, a really fun activity for children and families. If you are purchasing St. Patrick's Day items, try to ensure that are recyclable or sustainable and have been ethically produced