Dublin City Information

Dublin is a beautiful historic city known for its culture and hospitality. The city has a unique landscape being a coastal city divided by a river and encircled by canals.


Dublin is a truly unique city in that it is the only capital city in the world that is also a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Dublin’s existing and planned cycle network follows our coastline, rivers and canals. It moves through sensitive ecological areas where special habitats, flora and fauna are protected.

Dublin is also an ideal location for an international congress. Its small, cosy, compact nature lends itself to be a natural walkable city. Our city offers the best of both worlds, a bustling capital city where you are only a short distance from the sea and the mountains – Dublin truly is a breath of fresh air!


Delegates will enjoy the best of facilities, engaging discussion and a social programme of the kind that only Dublin can offer.This, along with the famous Céad Míle Fáilte (One Hundred Thousand Welcomes) that Dublin and Ireland are famed for will make the 31st IUA World Congress an unforgettable event.


The ETC Conference will be held in the Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) located on the River Liffey and positioned at the convergence of several key coastal, river and canal cycle routes. The historic, cultural and social amenities of the city centre are within ten minutes walking distance and even closer by bike! The CCD is located in the Docklands area currently being regenerated in line with sustainable principles and designed predominantly for active modes.


Dublinbikes (Dublin’s existing fixed station bike sharing scheme) is on the doorstep of the venue, covering 9km2 it links all major tourist destinations and is generally free. Existing cycle routes and greenways to visit include the Tolka Valley Park Greenway, the Grand Canal cycle route and the Sutton to Clontarf cycle route, where delegates can experience part of the East Coast Trail which runs along the coast of Dublin Bay at the heart of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve area.

Dublin is Ireland’s capital city and was founded by the Vikings in 841. The city is steeped in history and buzzing with energy. Medieval, Georgian and modern architecture provides a backdrop to a friendly cosmopolitan city. 

Dublin is a thriving centre for culture and is home to a great musical and literary tradition, its native sons include Shaw, Yeats, Joyce, Wilde and Beckett


The city’s attractions include castles, museums, art galleries, pubs and cafes. Within half an hour of the city are mountain walks, stately homes and gardens, numerous golf courses, sandy beaches and fishing villages.


A bustling city with a population of over 1.7 million and home to over 100 different nationalities all of whom contribute to the fabric of Dublin. While it has a genuine cosmopolitan feel, Dublin has still managed to retain its own distinct culture which is expressed in a love of literature, drama, traditional music and sport. The quintessential Dublin Pub provides the focal point of Dublin’s social life, illuminating the vibrant hues of Dubliners and their culture. Conversation flows freely unleashing the unique atmosphere that defines the city.


Dublin is one of the oldest cities in Europe and with ancient churches, grand buildings and fine museums, cultural riches abound. From the ancient to the avant-garde, from history, architecture, literature, art and archaeology to the performing arts Dublin has it, with the real advantage to the visitor being that everything is contained within a small area.


When the convention business is over, there is a wealth of activities and culture for you to explore.

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Failte Ireland