Explore UCD

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

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)