Queen's University

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Queen's University information

Belfast , Northern Ireland
University Rd
guided tours £5 per person
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If you think that Charles Lanyon's Queen's College (1849), a Tudor Revival building in red brick and honey-coloured sandstone, has something of an Oxbridge air about it, that may be because he based the design of the central tower on the 15th-century Founder's Tower at Oxford's Magdalen College. Northern Ireland's most prestigious university was founded by Queen Victoria in 1845, one of three Queen's colleges (the others, still around but no longer called Queen's colleges, are in Cork and Galway) created to provide a non-denominational alternative to the Anglican Church's Trinity College in Dublin. In 1908, the 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 enjoys a strong reputation in medicine, engineering and law.

Just inside the main entrance is the Queen's Welcome Centre with exhibitions and a souvenir shop. Guided tours are available with advance booking, or you can pick up a leaflet that describes a self-guided tour.