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Welcome to Visitor Services

The story of UCC begins with us at Visitor Services. We are at the heart of UCC. We are a central hub for information and knowledge. We are the storytellers of UCC. We bring the history and culture of UCC to life so that everyone, students and visitors alike, can immerse themselves and experience all that UCC has to offer.

What our customers say

The teens and kids were delighted with their extremely enjoyable, welcoming and informative tour of UCC. Thank you also for going that extra step with the goodies for the UCC goodie bag.

Sinead Moynihan

PgDip Innovation Through Design Thinking

The children and adults enjoyed every minute. Paul was a superb tour guide and catered perfectly to our group. Your gifts were extremely generous and very much appreciated it.

Carol Desmond

St Maries of the Isle Cork

I just want to thank you both so much for facilitating my daughter, niece and nephew yesterday with the official UCC tour. They were delighted with every aspect of it.

Theresa Dennehy

School of Food & Nutritional Sciences, UCC

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The feedback from the students was very good. They really benefited and felt more motivated to do their best over the remaining weeks of their level 5 programmes.


Cork College of Commerce

Jack gave an excellent tour. The groups were so happy to see the campus. It was looking wonderful with the autumn colours and the conferring groups adding to the atmosphere.

Maura Conway

Food Industry Training Unit, UCC

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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

Visitor Services

North Wing, Main Quad, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland,