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Forbidden Fruit returns for its seventh instalment this June Bank Holiday weekend. The festival takes place from June 3-5 at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, just outside Dublin city centre, with a packed and varied line-up that includes techno legends Orbital and Aphex Twin, indie-folk star Bon Iver and many more.
As it’s a city festival there’s no camping, which means you can get home to your own bed after a day’s partying – very civilised! Look out for the official after-parties too, which are to be announced at venues around Dublin.
The gates will open at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, and 3pm on Monday.
You can walk to Forbidden Fruit from the city centre, but it could be a long trek depending on where you start from – the Royal Hospital Kilmainham is about 40 minutes from O’Connell Bridge. East Gate on Military Rd will be used as the pedestrian entrance with the West Gate on South Circular Rd to be used for emergency access only. Both will be used as exits each night after the festival.
From O’Connell Street or College Green, take the 40, 123 or 13 (every 10-15 min on Friday and Saturday, 20-30 min on Sunday) and exit at St James’s Hospital. From the stop, cross James’s St and walk down the steps, following the signs for the Irish Museum Of Modern Art.
From Aston Quay, take the 79/79A (approx. every 15-20 min Friday, Saturday and Sunday) towards Spiddal Park and exit at St James’s Hospital. As above, cross James’s St and turn right down the steps.
From Wellington Quay, take the 25A (every 10 min on Friday, 20 min on Saturday, 30 min on Sunday) towards Lucan SC and exit at Heuston Station. From the main entrance, it’s around a 10-minute walk to the East Gate entrance via St John’s Rd West and Military Rd.
From Palmerstown, take the 25A or 66A towards Kilmainham. Get off at St John’s Rd, cross the road and walk back the way you came, turning left up Military Rd to the festival entrance.
NB: Dublin Bus will operate to a Sunday timetable on Sunday and Monday. The 25A and 66A will be diverted for the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon. See here for full information. Timetables and real-time info are available from dublinbus.ie and the Dublin Bus mobile app.
It’s a five-minute walk from Heuston Station to the East Gate entrance via St John’s Rd West and Military Rd.
If your train arrives at Connolly Station, take the Luas Red Line from there towards Saggart and get off at Heuston.
Timetables are available here.
Heuston Station is on the Luas Red Line. As above, it’s around a 10-minute walk from the station to the East Gate entrance via St John’s Rd West and Military Rd.
Timetables are available here.
Shuttle buses will depart from the main gate on Military Rd and take festival-goers into the city centre from 9pm each night, stopping near the designated after-party venues.
There will be no parking at the venue and traffic restrictions will be in place on both Military Rd and Kilmainham Lane, so it’s best to use public transport if you can.
The other issue for drivers is that the nearest public car parks to the festival are the Qpark at 15 Usher’s Quay and the Park Rite at Queen Street in Smithfield. It’s a 25-minute walk between either one and the Military Rd gate, which may feel a lot longer at the end of a day’s partying!
Gardaí also suggest the following locations for car parking: Phoenix Park, Hilton Hotel, Heuston Station, Inchicore Village, James St area, Rialto, Oblates Church, Goldenbridge Industrial Estate.
If you do decide to drive, make sure to leave plenty of extra time for your journey as the route to the venue is likely to be very busy.
Driving from the west, take the N4 Sligo Rd and the Chapelizod Bypass, Con Colbert Rd and St John’s Rd West.
From the north and north-west, use the M1, the N2 Monaghan Rd or the N3 Cavan Rd and then the M50, exiting at J7 Lucan to join the Chapelizod Bypass.
From the south and south-west, use the M11 Wexford Rd, N81 Blessington Rd or N7 Limerick/Naas Rd then the M50, following the route above.
A drop-and-go system will be in operation for taxis outside Heuston Station on St. John’s Road West and on Kilmainham Lane at the junction with Irwin St. Taxis will not be allowed onto Military Rd.
Vehicles with a mobility impaired badge should arrive via James’s Street and Bow Lane where they will be directed via Military Rd to the East Gate and from there to the Mobility Impaired Car Park.
Your mobility impaired parking badge must be clearly displayed on your vehicle.
After the show, vehicles will be held until after the vehicle curfew (approximately 30 minutes).
AA Membership is available for as little as €8.25 per month and offers 24/7 emergency cover so we’ll never see you stuck. See here for more.