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Why visit UCC?
A Treasure Trove of History and Culture
Our university is a treasure trove of history and culture telling the story of the development of Cork from the 19th Century Industrial Revolution, through the Famine and beyond to a culturally significant university that holds not only The Great Book of Ireland, The Book of Lismore, The Richard Harris Personal Library and UCC's unique collections of literary manuscripts, early printed books pre-1850 and books from printing presses.
A Unique Campus
UCC is leading research led university with over 3,500 staff supporting over 25,000 students from over 110 countries worldwide. The university has had significant impact in the area of Medicine and Health, Business and Law, Science, Engineering and Food Science and in Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies. Our university has huge impact in the area of Sustainability with UCC being named as the 8th most sustainable university in the world by the United Nations in helping them to achieve their Sustainable Development Goals.
The Story Begins Here
UCC emerged at the height of the Great Irish Famine (An Górta Mór) and opened its doors in 1849. As a tourist destination it is a clear example of Gothic and Hiberno-Romanesque Architecture. UCC has Ireland’s largest collection of Ogam Stones, the only Observatory on any Irish University Campus, the Honan Chapel including windows by acclaimed artist Harry Clarke and a beautiful 50-acre main campus with a rich arboretum of 2,500 trees including California Redwoods and a Wollemia nobilis which is one of the rarest trees in the world.
Our opening hours
UCC Visitor Services is open seven days a week. Our opening hours are:
- Monday to Saturday: 9am to 5pm
- Sunday: 11am to 5pm