Our Guidebook TO DUBLIN 4 & BEYOND
“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”
Welcome to Ariel House where layers of historical charm meet modern graces. Passionately created for the discerning traveller, at Ariel House we seek to offer you a Dublin abode of discreet luxury where privacy, tailored experiences, and comfort are all at the fore of your stay.
Within this guidebook you will find our insider tips on how best to explore Ballsbridge, Dublin and beyond, whether here for business or leisure.
Our family of passionate, enthusiastic, people are on-hand should you wish for them to further assist. Be it reserving dinner at our recommended eateries, hiring a car, or advising on the latest spectacles at nearby theatres. Simply ask at our 24 hour reception.
On behalf of all at Ariel House, we wish you the most exceptional and memorable stay.
Built in 1850, Ariel House dates back to a time when Queen Victoria ruled in England. The house was originally destined as the home of a wealthy merchant shipper who vacated the house with his wife and children for many years.
In 1963, Ariel House entered a new era by opening its doors as a guesthouse. During this time, the walls of Number 52 were expanded to encompass Number 50 and Number 54.
The McKeown family purchased the house in 2002 and invested significantly in its restoration to a modern interpretation of a Victorian townhouse fit for today’s luxury traveller.
Original features can still be admired through-out Ariel House. From our stained glass windows in the stairwells, to our restored Flemish brick bonding, sash windows, and the exquisitely preserved stonework of a traditional Victorian entrance which you may marvel at as you enter through our front door.
Breakfast is served in our Dining Conservatory from 7:30 am daily, through to 10am on weekdays and 11am on weekends.
Room Service Breakfast is available during these hours.
Takeaway Breakfast is also available before and during these hours. Should you have an early departure please do inform Reception the night before and we shall arrange a breakfast bag to take with you.
Check-out time is 12:00 midday. If you wish to request a late check-out please contact Reception before 10am on the morning of your departure who will advise on feasibility.
Our complimentary concierge service is available at reception. Whatever your wish, simply ask.
A first aid kit is available at reception, where we can also assist with local medical contacts should you require.
For guests with afternoon or evening flights, we are happy to take care of your luggage at reception after you check-out.
We operate a no smoking policy at and appreciate your respect.
Internet is available with our compliments throughout the house with password 5054lansdowneroad
Discover Ballsbridge like a true local…
Our elegant red-brick Victorian guesthouse is located right in the heart of vibrant Ballsbridge. And yet our central location on Lansdowne Road is remarkably peaceful, leafy, and residential, offering the feel of a sumptuous private house, rather than a guest house.
Sustaining its long-famed reputation as a European capital of culture, Dublin is awash with museums and galleries that both kindle your curiosity and inspire your imagination. A stone’s throw from our guesthouse you will find the National Gallery of Ireland, Royal Hibernian Academy and Museum of Literature to name a few.
Ariel House is encircled by the capital’s most iconic venues, from the RDS, to the Bord Gais Theatre, 3 Arena and the Dublin Convention Centre. Not to mention the Avvia Stadium, a matter of footsteps from our door.
Locally known as St. James’ Gate Brewery, you will find the birthplace of Guinness. The Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s top attraction and a must see when visiting the capital. Discover more about the ingredients, history and culture that tell the Guinness story before taking in the 360 degree views of Dublin City from the Gravity Bar
National Botanic Gardens
A haven in the bustling city of Dublin, The National Botanic Gardens contain a treasure of over 15,000 flora. Located in Glasnevin on the North side of the city, you will find 19.5 hectares of true oasis and calm.
Doors of Dublin
Some of Dublin’s most famous features are the entryways of Georgian town houses located on the south side of the city. Make your way around Dublin 2, particularly around Fitzwilliam Square so that you can see the colourful bursts of the doors
Kilmainham Gaol is a former prison in Dublin. Many Irish revolutionaries, including the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, were imprisoned and executed in the prison by the orders of the UK Government. The jail turned museum will take you on a journey through Irish history.
Jameson Distillery, Bow Street.
Visit Jameson Distillery Dublin for one of Ireland’s most famous distillery tours, cocktail-making classes, premium whiskey tasting sessions or to learn how to blend your own whiskey. Finish off your trip with a Jameson at the centrepiece bar.
The Chophouse is famous for their steak and it is no wonder their focus is to produce high quality dishes using the best of Irish produce. Their main ingredient is Irish Meat, the winner of which is their beef but also excel with their locally sourced fish.
Cosy is the epitome of Roly’s Bistro. Simply conceived dishes rely on the quality of the ingredients at this bustling fixture. A venue for all occasions, Roly’s is suitable for lunch on their heated terrace or a romantic dinner for two.
“There is no sincere love than the love of food”
George Bernard Shaw
Opened in 2021, by renowned Irish Chef Grainne O’Keefe, Mae has built up a stellar reputation for a fine dining experience. Their purpose is to bring modern, seasonal cooking with superb wine pairings to match. Based in the French Paradox on Shelbourne Road, Mae has access to some of the most incredible wines, from vineyards across France.
Describing itself as an intimate experience, Forest Avenue is a food lovers dream. A warm and inviting setting allows you to immerse your senses on the food experience at hand. MICHELIN Guide described the offering as ‘Punchy flavours and vibrant colours lead the way in creative dishes’.
Directions To Dublin City Center
BY BUS: There are plenty of buses that pass through Ballsbridge to the city centre. Bus Numbers 4, 7, 8 and 84 all run close by Ariel House, and you can see their timetables on Dublinbus.ie.
ON FOOT: Head west on Lansdowne Rd crossing the traffic lights to continue west on Lansdowne Rd. Cross the road again to make your way onto Pembroke Rd and walk straight ahead where your will join Baggot Street Upper. Continue walking straight for about 1km until you reach the top of Grafton Street, which is just passed Stephens Green.
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Points of Interest
1. Roly’s Bistro
2. Mae Restaurant
3. Avoca Ballsbridge Market
5. Forrest Avenue Restaurant
6. Powerscourt Townhouse
7. Brown Thomas
8. Helen McAlinden
9. National Gallery of Ireland
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10. National Museum of Ireland
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For a Drink
The Bridge 1859
Excellent atmosphere, great drinks and gastropub food that will have you wanting more. A great spot to capture the atmosphere of a match, whether it is shown on TV or live down the road at The Aviva Stadium or RDS.
Cosy and comfort are key for the Bath Avenue pub. A stone throw away from the Aviva, this is the perfect place to soak up the big match or concert atmosphere. With their south facing terrace, it is a popular spot for summer evening drinks with friends where you can enjoy their famous Pimms, by the jug.
A beautifully restored 1920s-style bar with a friendly, warm and inviting atmosphere. It comes alive on match day where rivalling supporters come together for pre and post match banter. For a quiet evening drink, pull up a stool to their whiskey bar boasting an extensive range of 150 whiskeys.
A light lunch or a leisurely coffee are one of the best ways of exploring Ballsbridge. With so many options, a foodie trail awaits you around the leafy suburb.
Avoca is a foodie’s haven. With the freshest of fruit, veg and salad, the finest artisanal products and gifts for that special someone, Avoca has it all. Pick up lunch at the neighbourhood deli counter, Poulet Bonne Femme concession counter, coffee bar or ‘Hello and Go’ section.
A comfortable and spacious eatery with warm, genuine and friendly team located on Shelbourne Road.
The Orange Goat
Renowned for their delicious brunch offering, and speciality Cloudpicker Coffee, The Orange Goat is a local favourite for its freshly homemade offering.
A fresh approach to food, with quality and provenance at its heart. Fresh and exciting food is what you will find here and the view in their window will have you ordering dessert in no time.
A visit to Dublin must feature a quick dash to the city’s most famous shopping districts. A range of bespoke retailers can be found on the main boulevards and down the narrow lanes and alleys beside them, offering you some of Ireland’s most exquisite brands.
Located just off Grafton Street, Powerscourt is a bustling townhouse with lots of treasures inside. Steeped in history and coveting beautiful Victorian architecture, it is a beautiful sight for browsers of all ages. Here you will find unique retailers in fashion, interiors, antiques, jewellery and more.
Louis Copeland & Sons is a 4th generation family business which was originally opened as a workshop on Capel Street in 1908. The store is notorious for its fine tailoring and menswear. Dress the part and visit Louis Copeland & Sons so you can be assured of the best service combined with the best selection of luxury high end men’s clothes.
Helen McAlinden is an authentic Irish brand dedicated to creating sustainable wardrobe staples, allowing you to buy well and buy less. Located on South William St, find yourself if this beautiful boutique for something simply luxurious, yet sustainable.
A quirky and fun store that specialises in feminine clothes & accessories, fashionable jewellery & homewares.
A landmark on Grafton Street, Brown Thomas boasts a large shop front on the main thoroughfare of Grafton Street, continuing back onto Clarendon Street. Home to some of the worlds most luxurious brands including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Midleton Craft Collection, Moët, Maria Tash, Montblanc, Prad and more.
Art & Culture
National Gallery of Ireland
Housing the nation’s collection of European and Irish art, spanning from the early 1300s to the present, The National Gallery is a must visit when in Dublin. The Gallery boasts a rich and varied programme of world class exhibitions throughout the year.
National Museum of Ireland
Whether you enjoy Archaeology or Natural History, you will find both in the heart of Dublin. The National Museum of Archaeology on Kildare St, will transport you back in time to see famous Celtic artefacts. The Natural History Museum, on Merrion Street, has galleries of animals from Ireland, as well as geological exhibits from a total collection of about two million scientific specimens.
Merrion Square Open Air Gallery
Make your way to Merrion Square on a Sunday morning to immerse yourself with local artists. The artists display their work by attaching them to the external railings of the the beautiful Georgian Square and provides a colorful, pleasant opportunity for visitors to view, learn or even buy some pieces.
EPIC Irish Emigration Museum
Located in Dublin’s Docklands, the Irish Emigration Museum educates you on the history of the Irish diaspora and emigration to other countries with stories and tales from Irish emigrants who became Scientists, Politicians or even outlaws. You will find out what it means to be Irish!
Trails & Walks’
Getting out into the fresh air and stretching your legs is a great way of the outskirts of Dublin.
River Dodder Walk
Right on our doorstep you will find the River Dodder Walk. A mainly flat walk, it spans from Ballsbridge ending at Bushy Park which is about 8km and will take you 2 hours to complete.
Poolbeg Lighthouse Walk
Officially know as the Great South Wall Walk, this is one of the best in Dublin. Join the path on Sandymount beach and meander your way around the coastal walk. You will make your way through Irishtown Nature Park, past the infamous Poolbeg Chimney Towers and onto the beginning of the Great South Wall. A cobbled stretch that will take you to the Poolbeg lighthouse where you can sit and watch cargo ships and ferries approaching the River Liffey from the Irish Sea.
For impeccable vistas of Dublin City and County, make your way to Ticknock for a moderate hike. Take a selection a forest trails and make your way to the top to soak in the views. Ticknock is located on the outskirts of Dublin, just south of Sandyford so you will need a car to get there.
If you require the use of a chemist after normal working hours, please contact reception.
Life Pharmacy Ballsbridge 01 668 3287
Murrays Pharmacy 01 660 3376
Boots 01 660 0175
Doctor or Dentist
Appointments can be arranged if you require dental or medical assistance. After hours medical services may be obtained through East Doc Dublin 4 by dialling 01 209 4021 or simply ask our reception team for assistance.
For medical emergencies dial 112 and inform reception.
Emergency Dial ‘0’ for Assistance
Please familiarise yourself with the emergency notice in your bedroom. If you notice or suspect a situation that may result in a fire, please dial ‘0’ to notify reception. If you have a hearing difficulty or any other special needs, please advise reception on arrival so that we may assist in the unlikely event of an emergency.
1. To call another room; please dial the room number directly.
2. To make an external call – dial ‘9’ for an outside line on your phone and wait for a dial tone. Then dial the number you wish to call.
Calls & Codes
To place an international call:
• Dial ‘9’ to obtain an outside line (wait for a dial tone)
• Dial 00 for the International line
• Dial Country code
• Dial the local area code
• Dial local telephone number
For example, to call the UK: Dial ‘9’ for an outside line + 0044; leave out the first ‘0’ of the area code and then your number.
International Dialling Codes
Airlines Aer Lingus 1890 800 600 Delta 0818 904872 Air France 0818 776 057 Emirates 01 517 1600 American Airways 0818 710299 Etihad 01 7651800 British Airways 1890 626 747 Lufthansa 01 844 5544 City Jet 0818 710 202 Ryanair 1520 444 004 Continental 1890 925 252 Selected Airports Cork (021) 431 3131 Dublin (01) 814 1111 Kerry (066) 976 4644 Shannon (061) 712 000
Numbers Stena Sea 01 204 7777 Irish Ferries 0818 3004000 Garda Station – Emergency Services Garda Station 01 666 9600 Emergency 112 Hospitals
East Doc* 01 209 4021 St Vincent’s University Hospital - Emergency Department 01 221 4358
(*Out of hours doctors service)
Country America Australia Austria Belgium Canada Denmark Finland France Germany Country Hong Kong Iceland Israel Italy Japan Netherlands New Zealand Norway Portugal Country South Africa Spain Sweden Switzerland Code 1 61 43 32 1 358 33 30 49 Code 852 354 972 39 81 31 64 47 351 Code 27 34 46 41