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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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Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel

Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel

Stillorgan Road, Dublin
4.3
of 5, from 1,086 reviews
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Located in Booterstown, this luxury hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from University College Dublin and within 3 miles (5 km) of RDS and Aviva Stadium. Royal Dublin Society is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.

£99
Broc House

Broc House

53 Nutley Lane, Dublin
4.4
of 5, from 41 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Dublin, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of University College Dublin and Royal Dublin Society. RDS and Aviva Stadium are also within 2 miles (3 km).

£54
Tara Towers Hotel

Tara Towers Hotel

4 Merrion Road, Dublin
3.5
of 5, from 586 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Booterstown, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from University College Dublin and within 3 miles (5 km) of RDS and Aviva Stadium. 3Arena and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£72
Talbot Hotel Stillorgan

Talbot Hotel Stillorgan

Stillorgan Road, Dublin
4.1
of 5, from 782 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Stillorgan, this romantic hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of University College Dublin, RDS and Royal Dublin Society. Beacon Hospital and Dundrum Town Centre are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£146
InterContinental Dublin

InterContinental Dublin

Simmonscourt Road, Dublin
4.7
of 5, from 397 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Ballsbridge, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Royal Dublin Society and RDS. Aviva Stadium and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre are also within 2 miles (3 km).

£62
Ballsbridge Hotel

Ballsbridge Hotel

Pembroke Road, Dublin
3.8
of 5, from 1,528 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Ballsbridge, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of RDS and Aviva Stadium. Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and National Gallery of Ireland at Merrion Square are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£72
Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge

Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge

Merrion Road, Dublin
4.1
of 5, from 1,543 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Ballsbridge, this family-friendly Dublin hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Royal Dublin Society and RDS. Aviva Stadium and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre are also within 2 miles (3 km).

Donnybrook Hall

Donnybrook Hall

6 Belmont Avenue, Dublin
4.6
of 5, from 13 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Donnybrook, this guesthouse is within 2 miles (3 km) of RDS, Aviva Stadium and St. Stephen's Green. National Gallery of Ireland at Merrion Square and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre are also within 2 miles (3 km).