Explore UCD details a walking tour through the history, culture and latest developments on the UCD Belfield campus. This tour is designed to encourage our 200,000 plus alumni, conference visitors, visiting research collaborators and the local community to explore our parkland campus with its state-of-the-art buildings, public art and woodland walks. The tour was originally developed as part of UCD’s support for the Gathering Ireland.
Explore UCD is a self-guided walking tour of approximately 2.5km, taking 75 to 90 minutes. Feel free to do it all or just in parts. The tour takes in Belfield House, where the glazed porch contains one of the finest examples of Irish neoclassical sculpture, Hibernia with the Bust of Lord Cloncurry, Woodview lakes and biodiversity habitat which forms part of the UCD Woodland Walks and the €50 million UCD Sport and Fitness complex which includes the country's third Olympic-sized swimming pool as well as a tournament-grade debating chamber, cinema, theatre and state-of-the-art gym. The guide also outlines 5 woodland walks you may choose from ranging in length from 20 to 60 minutes.
To find out more download our Explore UCD Map & Guide (pdf) which gives you an overview of the campus or our more detailed guides listed below and you are all set to explore the campus!
Resources to help you explore UCD
- Explore UCD Map and Guide - self-guided 2.5km walking tour taking 75 to 90 minutes
- UCD 3 Lakes Walk – 1.9km walk taking 20mins that links the hustle and bustle of student life to the tranquillity of the woodland boundary
- UCD Woodland Walks Guide - 5 woodland walks you may choose from ranging in length from 20 to 60 minutes
- UCD Woodland Walks Guide in Irish
- UCD Woodland Walks App - an interactive map and guide developed by UCD student Ciarán Ó hUallacháin as part of a Computer Science module
- Origins of the Belfield Campus and UCD’s Period Houses – a guide to the seven period houses on campus that add a sense of history, place and heritage amidst the modern campus buildings
- UCD sculpture trail – A trail comprises public works of art, donated or commissioned, that form an integral part of the urban fabric of the University, enriching the sense of place and the physical beauty of the natural environment
Other visitor attractions
UCD Archives - collections associated with the history and development of the modern Irish state, archives of the University and significant institutions which predated its foundation (appointment required)
UCD Classical Museum - Minoan, Mycenaean and Cypriot artefacts, Greek vases, Greek and Roman coins, terracottas, Roman pottery and glass, Egyptian antiquities and papyri (see website
for opening hours)
UCD Library Special Collections - unique book, archival and manuscript collections including modern literary papers from Binchy, Hopkins, Kavanagh and O’Brien (see website for access
UCD National Folklore Collection - one of the largest collections of oral and ethnological material in the world (see website for opening hours)