Queen's University Belfast, County Antrim

Queen's University Belfast, County Antrim

Add to Custom Tour

« Return to previous page

 

Queen’s University has been an integral part of Belfast City since it was established in 1845 by Queen Victoria. So called because of its’ founder Victoria, the university became an independent university in 1908 when King Edward VII granted it independent status.
 
Today the university has a total enrolment of around 25,000 students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Due in part to the student population the area around the campus is often thriving with events particularly during the academic calendar.
 
For those looking to explore the university guided tours are available although they need to be booked in advance. For anyone not wishing to book a tour, guided maps are available which detail the campus and what can be seen.
 
These sites include a War Memorial which commemorates the men and women from Queens University that died in the first and second world wars. A total of 409 people associated with the University died on in battle during the two wars.
 
The highlight of the University for many is the original college building which was designed by Charles Lanyon and opened in 1849. Lanyon is synonymous with Belfast as he was both a Lord Mayor of the city as well as being responsible for designing Crumlin Road Gaol and the Customs House. The original college building has a Tudor Gothic Style characterised by flattened arches, spires, gargoyles and red brick. The building is used on bank notes and tourist brochures and is one of Belfast’s most iconic landmarks.
 
Also worth a visit on campus is the Naughton Gallery. The gallery commissions new art from Queens each year and features exhibitions from Queens and international artists. Each year the gallery attracts in over 16,000 annual visitors.

« Return to previous page

Share Attraction:

E-mail


Location


Add to Custom Tour

Create your very own Ireland tour with our Tailor Made Tours section. Once you've created an account and logged in, you can add your favourite attractions, accommodation and activities. And, when you're happy with your choices, just send them on to one of our Ireland experts and we'll design a custom itinerary and quote tailored just for you.