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Visit Cleveland’s cultural heart to discover a wealth of museums, restaurants and cafes, fine botanical gardens and more. 

Wherever you go in University Circle you will encounter beautiful buildings with rich histories such as Glidden House or Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra. Browse works by master painters at Cleveland Art gallery’s extensive European collection or learn about the area’s history in the Western Reserve Historical Society. Children will enjoy a visit to the Children’s Museum while adults may appreciate the chance to relax in the Cleveland Botanical Gardens.

The name University Circle came about in the 1880s when Western Reserve University relocated there. In the early 20th century several more grand institutions were added and it soon became Cleveland’s cultural center. Covering 550 acres (222 hectares) the area is where you will find almost all of Cleveland’s major museums, university buildings and medical institutions.

Admire the plants in the Botanical Gardens, which feature large glass domes containing a rainforest landscape filled with butterflies. Pay a visit to the Natural History Museum to learn about the flora, fauna and geological history of the area. See dinosaur skeletons and meet Lucy, one of the oldest human skeletons ever discovered. For more recent history, visit the 20th-century mansions of the Western Reserve Historical Society. Take your time to explore the Cleveland Museum of Art and its excellent collections of European Impressionists art and Asian pieces.

If you like music, visit to the Cleveland Institute of Music, which puts on over 500 concerts a year. Also visit Severance Hall for a tour or to listen to the Cleveland Orchestra.

Wade Oval, in the center of the Circle, is the center for many of Cleveland’s favorite festivals. If you visit between June and August, head along to Wade Oval Wednesdays to catch a free concert. The Circle is lined with cafés, restaurants and bars so grab a drink or something to eat at the end of the day.

University Circle is located east of Cleveland’s town center and is served by regular buses and a light rail. There is also a regular free bus that goes around the circle, shuttling you between attractions. You’ll find metered parking at several garages.


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The Glidden House
The Glidden House
3.5 out of 5
1901 Ford Dr, Cleveland, OH
The price is £107 per night from 11 Mar to 12 Mar

Located in University Circle, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cleveland Institute of Music and Cleveland Museum of Art. Case Western Reserve ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (992 reviews)

"Excellent staff and location was perfect for my business trip."…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2021

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Courtyard by Marriott Cleveland University Circle
Courtyard by Marriott Cleveland University Circle
3 out of 5
2021 Cornell Rd, Cleveland, OH
The price is £100 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar

Located in University Circle, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Museum ...

4.3/5Excellent! (550 reviews)

"Very nice location close to all museums. Due to Covid their restaurant was closed and their market place felt more like a liquor store/candy shop than a market place with healthy alternatives for the consumer."…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2021

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The Tudor Arms Cleveland - a DoubleTree by Hilton
The Tudor Arms Cleveland - a DoubleTree by Hilton
3.5 out of 5
10660 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, OH
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Located in University Circle, this historic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Children's Museum of Cleveland, Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,000 reviews)

"Very clean and well maintained. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Restaurant has awesome food and great staff. Food prices are a little high but the food is always well prepared and tasty. I have to mention Dennis and Fred the shuttle drivers. Very courteous, helpful and great people."…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2020

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Washington Place Bistro & Inn
Washington Place Bistro & Inn
3.5 out of 5
2203 Cornell Road, Cleveland, OH
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Located in University Circle, this inn is within a 15-minute walk of Little Italy Historical Museum, Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (116 reviews)

"The property closed for business and we never received any notification."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2020

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Lovely Condo in the Heart of Little Italy
Lovely Condo in the Heart of Little Italy
12110 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH
The price is £136 per night from 10 Mar to 11 Mar

Located in University Circle, this condo is within a 15-minute walk of Little Italy Historical Museum, Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Location, location... and a great host

"I've stayed with Mathew every time I've come to Cleveland. He's an ideal host; helpful, communicative and warm. The location of the property is also outstanding. At the intersection of Mayfield and Murray Hill you're in the heart of Little Italy. The neighborhood is vibrant and full of wonderful ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Dec 2020

Lovely Condo in the Heart of Little Italy
University Circle Bed and Breakfast
University Circle Bed and Breakfast
3 out of 5
1575 E 108th St, Cleveland, OH
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Located in University Circle, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum and Cleveland Museum of Art. Case Western Reserve ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Affordable B&B in a great area of Cleveland

"Gary was a fantastic host! Even though we booked only 1 room, he offered us 2 rooms with a shared bath for the same price. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast every morning and he sat with us in the evening sharing information about the area and suggesting his favorite restaurants. He has connections ..."…"

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2018

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