University Circle

Cleveland
Severance Hall showing heritage architecture and an administrative building

Visit Cleveland’s cultural heart to discover a wealth of museums, restaurants and cafes, fine botanical gardens and more. 

Wherever you go in University Circle you will encounter beautiful buildings with rich histories such as Glidden House or Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra. Browse works by master painters at Cleveland Art gallery’s extensive European collection or learn about the area’s history in the Western Reserve Historical Society. Children will enjoy a visit to the Children’s Museum while adults may appreciate the chance to relax in the Cleveland Botanical Gardens.

The name University Circle came about in the 1880s when Western Reserve University relocated there. In the early 20th century several more grand institutions were added and it soon became Cleveland’s cultural center. Covering 550 acres (222 hectares) the area is where you will find almost all of Cleveland’s major museums, university buildings and medical institutions.

Admire the plants in the Botanical Gardens, which feature large glass domes containing a rainforest landscape filled with butterflies. Pay a visit to the Natural History Museum to learn about the flora, fauna and geological history of the area. See dinosaur skeletons and meet Lucy, one of the oldest human skeletons ever discovered. For more recent history, visit the 20th-century mansions of the Western Reserve Historical Society. Take your time to explore the Cleveland Museum of Art and its excellent collections of European Impressionists art and Asian pieces.

If you like music, visit to the Cleveland Institute of Music, which puts on over 500 concerts a year. Also visit Severance Hall for a tour or to listen to the Cleveland Orchestra.

Wade Oval, in the center of the Circle, is the center for many of Cleveland’s favorite festivals. If you visit between June and August, head along to Wade Oval Wednesdays to catch a free concert. The Circle is lined with cafés, restaurants and bars so grab a drink or something to eat at the end of the day.

University Circle is located east of Cleveland’s town center and is served by regular buses and a light rail. There is also a regular free bus that goes around the circle, shuttling you between attractions. You’ll find metered parking at several garages.


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The Tudor Arms Cleveland - a DoubleTree by Hilton
The Tudor Arms Cleveland - a DoubleTree by Hilton
4 out of 5
10660 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, OH
The price is CA $172 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Located in University Circle, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Children's Museum of Cleveland, Ronald McDonald House Cleveland, and Case Western ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (980 reviews)
"It was a unique old building. The problem was that there were very few facilities. We had trouble finding a place to eat. The restaurant was understaffed, especially in the kitchen. The lobby was downright cold. No chairs or warm sitting areas. The rooms though charming were dark. The cable TV was ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 29, 2021

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The Glidden House
The Glidden House
3.5 out of 5
1901 Ford Dr, Cleveland, OH
The price is CA $199 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in University Circle, this historic hotel is steps from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Cleveland Botanical Garden. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (955 reviews)
"It was a beautiful place to stay in a beautiful area of Cleveland"

Reviewed on Oct. 15, 2021

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Courtyard by Marriott Cleveland University Circle
Courtyard by Marriott Cleveland University Circle
3 out of 5
2021 Cornell Rd, Cleveland, OH
The price is CA $199 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in University Circle, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cleveland Museum of Art and Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland Clinic and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (614 reviews)
"The area is not as safe as I would like. Homeless sleeping in the courtyard area."

Reviewed on Oct. 12, 2021

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University Circle Bed and Breakfast
University Circle Bed and Breakfast
3 out of 5
1575 E 108th St, Cleveland, OH
Located in University Circle, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and Western ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Affordable B&B in a great area of Cleveland
"Gary was a fantastic host! Even though we booked only 1 room, he offered us 2 rooms with a shared bath for the same price. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast every morning and he sat with us in the evening sharing information about the area and suggesting his favorite restaurants. He has connections ..."

Reviewed on Jul. 31, 2018

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Washington Place Bistro & Inn
Washington Place Bistro & Inn
3.5 out of 5
2203 Cornell Road, Cleveland, OH
Located in University Circle, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Case Western Reserve University and Little Italy Historical Museum. University Hospitals ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (116 reviews)
"The property closed for business and we never received any notification."

Reviewed on Jun. 21, 2020

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Bluebird Suites near Cleveland Clinic
Bluebird Suites near Cleveland Clinic
3.5 out of 5
1999 Circle Drive, Cleveland, OH
Located in University Circle, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Little Italy Historical Museum and Case Western Reserve University. Cleveland ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2 reviews)
"The suite was great, clean , spacious, and the bed was very comfortable. They provide you with just about you need everything for your stay. My only complaint with this suite is that it’s very noisy at night and hard to sleep, this property is very close to train tracks."

Reviewed on Nov. 30, 2019

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