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University College Dublin

Originally founded in 1854 as part of the Catholic University of Ireland, then reformed in 1880 and declared a university in its own right in 1908, University College Dublin is one of the Republic of Ireland’s oldest and most prestigious education institutions.

The university quickly established a reputation for attracting the best students and faculty in the country, including Fr. Gerald Manley Hopkins and writer James Joyce, becoming one of the most well-respected centres of learning in Europe.

By the 1940s, University College Dublin had outgrown its existing site in the city centre and a move to a new site at Bellfield was proposed. The new campus was located two and a half miles south of the city. Its design incorporated existing Georgian structures along with notable modern buildings, including the iconic water tower.

Today, University College Dublin plays a big part in city life, being home to around 30,000 students and 1,300 staff who add a huge amount to the social, artistic and sporting life of Dublin. Any visitor to the city should pay a visit to the campus and surrounding student areas, where they’ll discover a vibrant, fun and energetic scene.

Particular highlights include the Newman House building at St. Stephen’s Green and The Gardens behind Earlsford Terrace. Former University College Dublin buildings in the city centre have also become home to various government facilities, with one even being home to the Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Department.


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Mespil Hotel £103
Mespil Hotel

Mespil Hotel

50-60 Mespil Road, Dublin
     
    4.2
    of 5, from 1,496 reviews
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    Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Aviva Stadium, St. Stephen's Green and Trinity College. The Convention Centre Dublin and 3Arena are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Clayton Hotel Burlington Road £84
    Clayton Hotel Burlington Road

    Clayton Hotel Burlington Road

    Burlington Road, Dublin
       
      4.2
      of 5, from 1,461 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Herbert Park, St. Stephen's Green and National Gallery of Ireland at Merrion Square. Aviva Stadium and St. Patrick's Cathedral are also within 1 mile (2 km).

      Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel £86
      Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel

      Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel

      Stillorgan Road, Dublin
         
        4.3
        of 5, from 1,103 reviews
        5.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in the suburbs, this luxury hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from University College Dublin and within 3 miles (5 km) of Aviva Stadium and Royal Dublin Society. Herbert Park and Beacon Hospital are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Broc House Suites
        Broc House Suites

        Broc House Suites

        53 Nutley Lane, Dublin
           
          4.4
          of 5, from 45 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Situated in Dublin, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Elm Park Golf and Sports Club, Sandymount Beach and University College Dublin. Aviva Stadium and 3Arena are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Tara Towers Hotel
          Tara Towers Hotel

          Tara Towers Hotel

          4 Merrion Road, Dublin
             
            3.6
            of 5, from 601 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in a regional park, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from University College Dublin and within 3 miles (5 km) of Aviva Stadium and 3Arena. Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and National Gallery of Ireland at Merrion Square are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            Luxury Apartment With Parking Excellent Transport Links to Dublin
            Luxury Apartment With Parking Excellent Transport Links to Dublin

            Luxury Apartment With Parking Excellent Transport Links to Dublin

            , Dublin
               
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              Situated in Dublin, this property is close to Royal Dublin Society, Aviva Stadium and Merrion Square. Also nearby are Herbert Park and University College Dublin.

              Talbot Hotel Stillorgan £79
              Talbot Hotel Stillorgan

              Talbot Hotel Stillorgan

              Stillorgan Road, Dublin
                 
                4.1
                of 5, from 815 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in the business district, this romantic hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from University College Dublin and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Royal Dublin Society. Beacon Hospital and Herbert Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                InterContinental Dublin £157
                InterContinental Dublin

                InterContinental Dublin

                Simmonscourt Road, Dublin
                   
                  4.7
                  of 5, from 409 reviews
                  5.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Ballsbridge, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Herbert Park, Aviva Stadium and Royal Dublin Society. Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and National Gallery of Ireland at Merrion Square are also within 2 miles (3 km).