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University College Dublin

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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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Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel
Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel
5 out of 5
Stillorgan Road, Blackrock, Dublin, Dublin
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $161 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 25
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dublin Bay and University College Dublin. Aviva Stadium is 3 mi (4.8 km) away. Dublin Booterstown ...
4.3/5Excellent! (981 reviews)
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Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel
Aparto- Montrose
Aparto- Montrose
2 out of 5
Stillorgan Road, Dublin, Dublin
Situated near the beach, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dublin Bay and University College Dublin. Dublin Port and Aviva Stadium are also within 3 mi (5 ...
3.7/5Good! (36 reviews)
"You get what you pay for. It was the least expensive of the hotel options in Ireland. Not that close to the attractions, but public transportation is easily accessible. The room gives you the basics. No tv, coffee maker or hair dryer. There is a coffee shop and a convenient store on the ground floor. ..."

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2018

Aparto- Montrose
Dublin Home Bnb, Close to City Centre, University, Business Park, RDS
Dublin Home Bnb, Close to City Centre, University, Business Park, RDS
Dublin, County Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown
The price is $233 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Situated in Dublin, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of University College Dublin, Aviva Stadium, and Dublin Port. Marlay Park is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away. ...
Dublin Home Bnb, Close to City Centre, University, Business Park, RDS
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Talbot Hotel Stillorgan
Talbot Hotel Stillorgan
4 out of 5
Stillorgan Road, Dublin, Dublin
The price is $106 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 25
Talbot Hotel Stillorgan
Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel
Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel
5 out of 5
Stillorgan Road, Blackrock, Dublin, Dublin
The price is $161 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 25
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Aparto- Montrose
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2 out of 5
Stillorgan Road, Dublin, Dublin
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Dublin Home Bnb, Close to City Centre, University, Business Park, RDS
Dublin Home Bnb, Close to City Centre, University, Business Park, RDS
Dublin, County Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown
The price is $233 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Dublin Home Bnb, Close to City Centre, University, Business Park, RDS
Central Modern 4 Bed, 3 Bath House With BBQ and Large Garden
Central Modern 4 Bed, 3 Bath House With BBQ and Large Garden
Dublin, County Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown
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Broc House Suites
Broc House Suites
3.5 out of 5
53 Nutley Lane, Donnybrook, Dublin
Broc House Suites
5 Mins to City Centre Luxury Apartment With Parking Excellent Transport Links
5 Mins to City Centre Luxury Apartment With Parking Excellent Transport Links
Dublin, County Dublin
5 Mins to City Centre Luxury Apartment With Parking Excellent Transport Links
Temple Bar Hotel
Temple Bar Hotel
4 out of 5
13-17 Fleet St Temple Bar, Dublin
The price is $108 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
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Gleesons Townhouse
Gleesons Townhouse
4 out of 5
44 Booterstown Ave, Dublin, County Dublin
The price is $129 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 25
Gleesons Townhouse
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