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.
Ballsbridge Hotel is located in a business district just an 8-minute walk from Aviva Stadium, and 15 minutes from RDS Arena. Guests can stroll 20 minutes to the National Gallery of Ireland and Trinity College. Guinness Storehouse and the Old Jameson Distillery are both within a 20-minute cab ride of the hotel.
This restored Portland stone mansion is in the Booterstown district, walking distance to University College Dublin. Dublin Bay is 1 km (0.5 mi) away and Dublin's city center is 5 km (3 mi) north.
Situated in Dublin, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of University College Dublin and Royal Dublin Society. Aviva Stadium and The Grand Canal Theatre are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Booterstown, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from University College Dublin and within 3 mi (5 km) of Aviva Stadium and 3Arena. The Grand Canal Theatre and National Gallery of Ireland at Merrion Square are also within 3 mi (5 km).
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 mi (5 km).
Located in Rathmines, this guesthouse is within 2 mi (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 mi (5 km).
Housed in a 19th-century mansion set in landscaped gardens, Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge is a 5-minute walk from RDS Main Arena and 10 minutes by train from downtown Dublin. Aviva Stadium is a 10-minute walk from the hotel, Guinness Storehouse a 15-minute drive.
Located in Donnybrook, this guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of Royal Dublin Society, Aviva Stadium, and St. Stephen's Green. National Gallery of Ireland at Merrion Square and The Grand Canal Theatre are also within 2 mi (3 km).