Paper Based IELTS at CES

Before the day of your test, check the start time of your IELTS test and make sure you know how to get to the test venue on time. We recommend doing this a week in advance so you’re fully prepared. Make sure to arrive early to the test venue. If you arrive late to the venue, you may not be permitted to sit the test.

Your test takes place in two different locations.

The written parts of your test will take place in the Camden Court Hotel, Lower Camden Street. Your speaking test will take place a 10 minute walk away at CES Dame Court, our test centre at 15/16 Dame Court.

Written Test Location

Camden Court Hotel

Camden Street Lower

Dublin 2

D02 W086


Speaking Test Location

Centre of English Studies

15/16 Dame Court

Dublin 2

D02 R208


Both venues are located in the city centre. It is a 10-15 minutes walk between them. Please note that the speaking test venue is not the main CES office (31 Dame Street). It is located behind the main office on the adjoining Dame Court, just before Honest to Goodness restaurant and opposite the Stag’s Head pub.

Getting to the Camden Court Hotel

By Bus

Take the 9, 15, 16 or 83 bus from South Great George’s Street (the stop beside the George’s Street Arcade) to the top of Camden Street (the stop beside the Centra newsagent) and walk up to the Bleeding Horse Pub and the Camden Court Hotel.



Take the Green Line Luas to the Harcourt stop. Walk up Charlotte Way past the Garda Headquarters building on the right to the Bleeding Horse Pub on the left. Turn left and walk past the pub to the main entrance to the Camden Court Hotel.

Getting to your speaking test (15/16 Dame Court)

The test venue at 15/16 Dame Court is conveniently located just off Dame Street. It is served by  most buses that go to or through the city centre (Dame Street, O’Connell Street etc.)


The test centre is located within walking distance of the central bus station (Busaras) ,  the Heuston, Connelly, Tara, and Pearse Street rail stations. The centre is also with walking distance of LUAS stops on both the Green Line and Red Line.

Public Transport

If you are travelling from within Dublin

If you are travelling from within Dublin, your options include:

Dublin Bus Click here for timetables 

Luas (Light rail system) Click here for timetables

Dart (Dublin Commuter Train) Click here for timetables

If you are travelling from outside of Dublin

For test takers travelling from outside of Dublin, the city is served by both national bus and rail services.

Bus Click here for more information.

Rail Click here for more information


The Camden Court Hotel offers parking at a rate of €10 per day for test takers. Please bring your parking ticket to the main hotel reception before you leave the venue. Please note that there is limited on-street parking at CES Dame Court. The closest car park is a 5 minute walk away on Drury Street, Dublin 2


Test takers can avail of cafe/restaurant facilities at the Camden Court Hotel. There are a number of cafes, shops and restaurants  in close proximity to the Dame Court test venue where test takers have their speaking test.

Test Day Check-list

Don't forget to bring your Identification Document (ID) with you to the test venue. You will not be allowed to sit the test without this.

Plan to arrive early to the venue. We will include our emergency phone number in your test day email. You should call this number if you are having trouble getting to the venue.

Mobile phones, watches or any electronic equipment are not allowed in the test room. There will be clocks in the test room.

Do not take valuable items with you. Personal belongings cannot be taken into the test room. You can only have pencils, a sharpener, an eraser, and your ID on your desk.