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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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Clayton Hotel Burlington Road
4 out of 5
Burlington Road, Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, Dublin, Dublin, D04 A318
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Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel
Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel
5 out of 5
Stillorgan Road, Blackrock, Dublin, Dublin, 4
The price is £181 per night from 1 Aug to 2 Aug
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Broc House Suites
3.5 out of 5
53 Nutley Lane, Donnybrook, Dublin, D04 DA2
The price is £145 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
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Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
4 out of 5
Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Dublin, 4
The price is £123 per night from 7 Jul to 8 Jul
Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
Clayton Hotel Burlington Road
Clayton Hotel Burlington Road
4 out of 5
Burlington Road, Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, Dublin, Dublin, D04 A318
The price is £137 per night from 18 Jul to 19 Jul
Clayton Hotel Burlington Road
Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel
Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel
5 out of 5
Stillorgan Road, Blackrock, Dublin, Dublin, 4
The price is £181 per night from 1 Aug to 2 Aug
Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel
Broc House Suites
Broc House Suites
3.5 out of 5
53 Nutley Lane, Donnybrook, Dublin, D04 DA2
The price is £145 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
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Gleesons Townhouse
Gleesons Townhouse
4 out of 5
44 Booterstown Ave, Dublin, County Dublin, A94 P981
The price is £143 per night from 10 Jul to 11 Jul
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Talbot Hotel Stillorgan
Talbot Hotel Stillorgan
4 out of 5
Stillorgan Road, Dublin, Dublin
The price is £145 per night from 1 Aug to 2 Aug
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Maldron Hotel Merrion Road
Maldron Hotel Merrion Road
4 out of 5
Ascaill Bellevue, Merrion Road, Dublin, Dublin 4
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InterContinental Dublin, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Dublin, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
Simmonscourt Road, Dublin, Dublin, 4
The price is £340 per night from 1 Aug to 2 Aug
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Marlin Hotel Stephens Green
Marlin Hotel Stephens Green
4 out of 5
11 Bow Ln E, Dublin
The price is £138 per night from 1 Aug to 2 Aug
Marlin Hotel Stephens Green
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