The centrepiece of Belfast's Botanic Gardens is Charles Lanyon’s beautiful Palm House, built in 1839 and completed in 1852, with its...
Lord Kelvin Statue
Just inside the Stranmillis Rd gate of Belfast's Botanic Gardens is a statue of Belfast-born William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, who helped...
Sir William Whitla Hall
Queen's University's School of Music stages free lunchtime recitals on Thursday and regular evening concerts in the beautiful,...
Organic veg and locally sourced meats are a staple at this perennial Queen's Quarter favourite (it's where students take their visiting...
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Queen's University information
Northern Ireland's most prestigious university was founded by Queen Victoria in 1845. In 1908, the Queen's College became the Queen's University of Belfast and today its campus spreads across some 250 buildings. Queen's has around 25,000 students and specialises in medicine, engineering and law.
Just inside the main entrance is the Queen's Welcome Centre with exhibitions and a souvenir shop. Book ahead for guided tours , or pick up or download a free leaflet that outlines a self-guided tour.
Charles Lanyon built the Queen's College building, a Tudor Revival in red brick and honey-coloured sandstone, in 1849. If it seems to have an Oxbridge air about it, that may be because Lanyon based the design of the central tower on the 15th-century Founder's Tower at Oxford's Magdalen College.
The college was one of three Queen's colleges (the others, still around but no longer called Queen's colleges, are in Cork and Galway), which were created to provide a nondenominational alternative to the Anglican Church's Trinity College in Dublin.