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University College Cork (UCC), Cork

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Landmark Educational Site
Stroll among old buildings and vibrant, well-kept grounds and gardens, and take in the history of University College Cork (UCC). Find the visitor center to pick up an audio guide, which will take you to some of the most notable spots on campus. Visit the president's garden, a formerly private space now open to all, which contains mature oaks and giant redwoods, which were planted in the 1840s at the college's inception. Walk the stone corridor and examine the Ogham stones—a series of grave markers for prominent Celtic tribespeople dating from the second or third century. Explore the Crawford observatory, which contains an equatorial telescope, a transit telescope, and a siderostatic telescope. Make University College Cork (UCC) part of your personalized Cork itinerary using our Cork tourist route planner.
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  • Beautiful location. Even if it was half the tourists it would not come out. Sit for hours and soak up. Very envied students studying there. Sit and do nothing just soaking up the spirit of previous eras.
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  • Many vistas. Enter the buildings and walk down the halls. One building, the one that has the Visitors' Center, has a wonderful collection of ancient inscribed Irish stones along the interior walkway.  more »
  • We got to the door and had works. We could not find where I could enter by what we just leaving.
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  • Beautiful college. Well worth a visit to the grounds for a stroll. Or worth a gander at getting a world class degree if you happen to have a spare 3 years.
  • I wint to see the open day in the college in university college pulled
  • Great college in a fabulous location in the city centre. Wide facilities available to students and lecturers and the views in the campus are amazing, inspiring many photographers and artists alike. When one walks through the campus, one is happy to go to lectures whether it be wind rain or snow, it has a cosy, friendly atmosphere especially on clear days in May when students and visitors sit on the presidents garden. Great , inspiring lecturers and there's a range of different courses available to everyone.
  • Is this the most beautiful university campus in Ireland? It surpasses the more historic but stone-heavy Trinity College Dublin, as well as the trim but unimaginative University of Limerick. With its striking art museum, its remarkable, massive trees (sequoias, redwoods!), and its stunning central quad, this should be a destination for every visitor to Cork.
  • Historic and beautiful campus. Went here for a conference.

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Where to stay in Cork

A destination in and of itself, Cork City has a dense center with plenty of hotels and hostels. Head north of the city center for affordable options like mid-range hotels and guesthouses. From here, you can walk or bike to all of the sights in the heart of the city. If everything is booked, or if you've simply come to explore the city's surrounding nature, check out the campgrounds about ten minutes from the center of town by car. There are also a number of charming bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, and other pensions in the outskirts, which can be a good option if you're using the city as a base for exploring the sights of Cork County.
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