Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel, Dublin



From arts festivals and historic sites to horse racing and traditional pubs, Ireland’s capital offers something for everyone. The Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel in Dublin has a location that puts you within minutes of the majestic Dublin Castle, St Patrick’s Cathedral and great shopping areas. There are also several festivals and cultural events to discover. Enjoy the outdoors? The nearby mountains and coast provide ample opportunities for hiking, riding and sailing.
  • University College Dublin – 1 km. Ireland’s largest university is within walking distance of the hotel. The uni was also rated one of the top universities in Europe.
  • Dundrum Town Centre – 2.7 km. This is Ireland’s largest shopping centre. Indulge in some retail therapy in over 100 different stores, from high street brands to designer labels.
  • Leopardstown Race Course – 3.2 km. Racing takes places all year round at this Irish horse-racing venue, which was established in 1888. There are also on-site designer shops, a fitness centre, cafés, restaurants, a pub and even a nightclub.
  • National Museum of Ireland – 5.8 km. Discover a fascinating world of Irish art, culture and history at this captivating museum. Find exhibitions on everything from prehistoric Ireland to medieval times.
  • National Gallery – 6.1 km. The National Gallery of Ireland is home to the Irish national collection of Irish and European art. It’s located in the centre of Dublin and entry is free.
  • Dublin Castle – 6.9 km. The castle serves as a major Irish government complex. You can explore the grounds for free, along with the library and museum. You can pay to access the State Apartments.
  • St Patrick's Cathedral – 6.9 km. The National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland was founded in 1191. Marvel at the wonderfully ornate interior.
  • Abbey Theatre – 7 km. Also known as the National Theatre of Ireland, this theatre has been open to the public since 1904. The intention of its founders was to “bring upon the stage the deeper emotions of Ireland”.
  • Christ Church Cathedral – 7.1 km. A spectacular cathedral founded in 1030. It is located in the former medieval centre of Dublin. 
  • Trinity College and the Book of Kells – 7.4 km. An absolute must-see. The Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript believed to have been written in 800. Ireland’s finest national treasure is housed in its oldest university.  
  • Guinness Brewery and Storehouse – 7.7 km. Find out how the famous black stuff is made. Take a tour of this world-famous brewery, and enjoy a pint and a bite to eat afterwards.
  • Johnnie Fox's Pub – 8.1 km. The “highest pub in Ireland”, this pub sits atop the Dublin mountains in Glencullen. Be sure to catch the famous Hooley Show for delicious food, traditional music and classic Irish craic. 
  • Irish Museum of Modern Art – 8.4 km. An engaging display of contemporary art set in a gorgeous 17th-century building. You’ll find a dynamic programme of exhibitions. 
  • Dublin Zoo – 9.5 km. A classic day out for the whole family, Dublin Zoo is based in Phoenix Park. In fact, it’s spread out over 69 acres of it, and dates back to 1831. 
  • National Botanic Gardens – 10.5 km. These gorgeous gardens are home to over 20,000 living plants and several million dried plant specimens. A fascinating visit, whatever the weather.
  • Kilmainham Gaol – 10.6 km. Learn about the Irish revolutionaries (including the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising) who were executed by the British at this former prison, which now serves as a museum.
  • National Leprechaun Museum – 7.7 km. Dive into a mystical world of magic and folklore. Based in the heart of Dublin, this quirky museum makes for a truly memorable day out.
  • Dublina – 7 km. Look at Dublin from a whole new angle at this fascinating museum. Discover the tale of Viking and medieval Dublin, with exhibitions on both the city and its people. 

Dublin festivals

A variety of festivals take place in and around Dublin throughout the year. Here are our top picks:
  • International Literature Festival Dublin - Ireland’s premier literary event. Listen to the world’s finest writers discuss and debate. 
  • Taste of Dublin - Perfect for foodies, this grub-filled festival takes place in the picturesque Iveagh Gardens.
  • Dublin City Rose Festival - Held in St. Anne’s Rose Garden, this is a fun day out for the whole family. Festivities are based around the City of Dublin International Rose Trials.
  • PhotoIreland Festival - Enjoy fantastic photography exhibitions, from new Irish works to landscapes and portraits. 
  • Festival of World Cultures - Celebrate cultures from around the world, with delicious food, live music and audiovisual shows. 
  • Dublin Horse Show - A city institution. See world-class show jumping while indulging in shopping and delicious cuisine. 
  • Dublin Fashion Festival - A huge event, with more than 250 fashion brands, restaurants, bars and hotels taking part.
  • Fingal Film Festival - An event where emerging independent filmmakers can showcase their work.
  • Dublin Festival of History - Discover a varied programme at this entertaining, enlightening history festival.
  • Dublin Theatre Festival - Artists, theatre-makers and audiences come together for 18 days of exceptional theatre, both Irish and international. 
  • Dublin Book Festival - Celebrating the Irish literary world, this is one of Ireland’s most successful and dynamic book festivals.
  • Improv Fest - A truly unique festival. Watch improvisations, unscripted theatre and comedy. Sheer entertainment.