University College Cork is located about a 20-minute walk from the city centre. The main campus lies west of the city between Western Road and College Road. The college was established in 1845 as one of three Queen’s Colleges in Ireland – the other two being in Belfast and Galway. Read on to find out what makes this college a star attraction in Cork.
There is just so much to see at this university. Walk around ‘The Quad’, which lies at the heart of the campus. You won’t see any students walking through the middle of the quad however, for fear of ‘failing exams’ if they do. This superstition has been around for years and the only day you’ll see students walk through the quad is on graduation day!
Explore the stone corridors of the Aula Maxima and the West Wing, which surround the quad. Here in these cloisters you’ll discover a collection of Ogham Stones (4th – 8th century), which once stood in fields in the south west of Ireland. These stones bear an ancient Celtic/Irish form of writing with many notches and lines called Ogham.
You could also relax with a book in the Boole Library – which is named after one of the most famous mathematicians in Ireland in the 19th century - George Boole, or maybe visit the charming Honan Chapel, which was built in 1916. It features a bell-tower and a famous mosaic floor and stained glass windows.
Stroll around the President’s Garden and the beautifully manicured lower grounds of the college. Some of the trees on the grounds include mature oaks and giant redwoods which have been around since the college was established back in 1845.
Do you want hotels in Cork near this university? Maybe you’re attending a conference/exam or course at the college and need accommodation nearby.
There are three hotels in Cork close to the university.
The Jury’s Hotel is located on Western Road – just about a 5 minute walk from the college gates. This is one of the top 4 star hotels in Cork as it’s been recently renovated and refurbished to the highest standards.
If you want luxurious hotels in Cork for your stay – then you’ve two choices in this area.
The 5 star Kingsley Hotel is located at Victoria Cross, just about a 10 minute walk from the college. This is truly one of the more opulent hotels in Cork city, with its exclusive spa, elegant restaurant and sumptuous guestrooms.
One of the closest hotels in Cork city to the university is the Hayfield Manor – another stylish 5 star hotel. This hotel is just a stone’s throw from the college, being located just off College Road.
Choose one of these hotels in Cork if you want to be based close to the university.
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