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“A pleasant amble”

University College Cork (UCC)
Ranked #3 of 150 things to do in Cork
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Owner description: University College Cork is one of Ireland’s most prestigious universities. It boasts a vibrant, modern campus with a student experience second to none in Ireland. A learning community where the student is at the heart of everything and the special relationship between student and lecturer is primary to our unique ethos. The campus is located a mere ten minutes walk from the heart of Cork city, a former European Capital of Culture. Cork is listed as a top ten location in the Lonely Planet guide which states it “has always had an unshakeable self-confidence and innate sense of pride”, a description which is equally applicable to the University itself
Dublin, Ireland
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“A pleasant amble”
Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

University College Cork is a perfect place to wander about, more spacious tham Trinity College and more scenic than UCD it is arguably the nicest university in ireland.

Be sure to enter through the main gate, see the chapel, the ogham stone corridor and a walk down to the sports arena and park are well worth a trip.

An ideal day would be to stock up a picnic basket in the english market, wander down the banks of the river Lee and then picnic in the grounds of UCC.

Visited January 2013
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“University Visit”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

A very useful visit by anybody interested in this type of activity.
I have visited many times so I can speak from experience.

Visited April 2013
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Galway, Ireland
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“Stunning”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

If you are into beauty of botany, visit this campus. It's stunning. I spent all my time looking at the trees, so cannot comment on facilities.

Visited July 2013
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Cork, Ireland
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“University College Cork”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

University College Cork is, as far as I'm concerned, a "must see" when visiting Cork. Dating from 1845, the original building is built by the side of the river, overlooking the north side of the city.
It's motto :! "Where Finbar taught, let Munster learn", refers to Cork's patron saint, St. Finbar, who founded a school nearby.
It is within walking distance of the city centre, a pleasant amble along the banks of the Lee. There is also public transport, with buses stopping by the main entrance(on Western Rd), or on College Rd., with several entrances to the grounds.
Either way, it is an impressive sight, small compared to other Universities, but beautifully constructed.
The Quadrangle surrounds well kept gardens, leading to stone corridors lined with Ogham stones. There is a very helpful Visitors centre there, which sells reasonably priced and good quality pens, coasters, and silver items, engraved with the crest, as well as other souvenirs.
Stone steps lead you into the Aula Maxima, a magnificent, book lined Great Hall, which has a friendly, welcoming feel about it. The Hall is in almost constant use as an exam centre, conferring hall, lecture theatre, and music venue. It's acoustics make it a superb venue for live music of every sort, and it's free lunchtime Friday sessions in term time are very popular, presenting jazz, classical, opera, popular, traditional, country and Irish, sometimes all in the one hour!
The grounds are beautifully maintained by gardeners and are a perfect backdrop for weddings.
The Honan Chapel is a gem, standing alone in the grounds, and in almost constant use for weddings (including my own) inside it is compact, atmospheric and has beautiful stained glass windows by the renowned artist Harry Clarke.

A welcome addition to the campus is the Lewis Glucksman gallery, which is home to various art exhibitions, musical events and floor to ceiling windows with the most incredible views over Cork.It houses a very nice restaurant in the basement.

The college is very much part of the city, indeed it would appear that every Cork based man, woman and child is a graduate, because, at some stage in our lives we have all "passed thro college", it being a very handy shortcut from the city to the western suburbs. So it is no surprise to meet elderly ladies pulling shopping carts, families, and couples heading for a coffee, their chat and laughter a backdrop to the comings and goings of students.
There is a bright, airy cafe which serves reasonably priced light meals, soups, as well as coffee, tea and scones and is a very popular venue for people living nearby, who pop into the shop for the morning paper and a cuppa.

Over the years the campus has been enlarged, with several new buildings, including the very impressive Boole Library, the Student Centre (home to the aforementioned cafe, bookshop and stationery shop, as well as a shop selling college scarves, hoodies etc?).and several other large buildings. These were built to fit in with the original college, and fulfill that function superbly.

UCC over the years has grown and expanded, with Departments now spread city wide, yet it still retains its intimate atmosphere.
Size isn't everything and part of its charm lies in its compactness and accessibility.
Staff are very helpful and informative and will help with organised tours etc., but the best way to see it is to make like a Corkonian and explore it for yourself !

Visited May 2013
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Cork, Ireland
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“University College , Cork , Ireland”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

It is possibly the prettiest campus anywhere! (some say think Harry Potter!). Build in the Gothic/Victorian style of mid 19th century, it is almost enclosed in trees and interesting vistas ....so a feeling of a 'secret garden'. There is unique 'stone gallery' on the north wing of the old campus buildings which explains the early Celtic writing known as Ogham,and is clearly visible on the ancient stones (many enormous!) .A wonderful recreation early Irish Celtic Christian 8th century church(The Honan Chapel) built in 1912 is worth a visit(it includes old irish Oak pews, the famous Harry Clarke stained glass windows -said to be his finest work), and exquisite examples of enamelling work(from the Irish Artistic renaissance of the early 20th century) at the alter . There are modern reasonably priced cafe's and restaurants on campus too..
The Glucksman Gallery is a fine modern gallery near the main front entrance, has won many architectural awards.and is a tranquil space with surprising vistas of Cork city from the upper floor windows..

Visited October 2012
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