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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 1,065 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Booterstown, 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. Dundrum Town Centre and Beacon Hospital are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£100
Broc House

Broc House

53 Nutley Lane, Dublin
4.4
of 5, from 37 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Dublin, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of University College Dublin and Royal Dublin Society. Aviva Stadium and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£77
Talbot Hotel Stillorgan

Talbot Hotel Stillorgan

Stillorgan Road, Dublin
4.1
of 5, from 735 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Stillorgan, this romantic hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from University College Dublin and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Royal Dublin Society. Beacon Hospital and Dundrum Town Centre are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£50
Tara Towers Hotel

Tara Towers Hotel

4 Merrion Road, Dublin
3.5
of 5, from 566 reviews
3.0 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 Aviva Stadium and 3Arena. Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and National Gallery of Ireland at Merrion Square are also within 3 miles (5 km).

Paddy's House

Paddy's House

5 Clonskeagh Road, Dublin
3.0
of 5, from 20 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Rathmines, this guesthouse is within 2 miles (3 km) of Royal Dublin Society, Aviva Stadium and St. Stephen's Green. St. Patrick's Cathedral and National Gallery of Ireland at Merrion Square are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£85
Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge

Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge

Merrion Road, Dublin
4.1
of 5, from 1,739 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Dublin hotel is located in Ballsbridge, within 2 mi (3 km) of Royal Dublin Society, Aviva Stadium and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. National Gallery of Ireland at Merrion Square and 3Arena are also within 2 miles (3 km).

£80
Ballsbridge Hotel

Ballsbridge Hotel

Pembroke Road, Dublin
3.7
of 5, from 1,891 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Ballsbridge, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Aviva Stadium and Royal Dublin Society. Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and National Gallery of Ireland at Merrion Square are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£97
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 Royal Dublin Society, 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).