Queen’s University

Courtyard at Queens. Image: SpatialPlan.

Courtyard at Queens. Image: SpatialPlan.

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Queen’s University has been a landmark building in Belfast City for over 150 years, and is one of Ireland’s premier colleges. Named after Queen Victoria, Queen’s University began as one of three Queen’s colleges established in 1849. Originally located in Belfast, Galway and Cork, these three Queens Colleges  made up what was then called the Royal University.

Today, Queen’s refers only o the Belfast college, located at University Avenue in Northern Ireland’s capital city.

The first class of students at Queens College numbered about 90. They attended classes in the main buildings, located just a few minutes’ walk from Donegall Square in the centre of the city of Belfast.

The Lanyon Building – Visitors Centre

The University Visitors Centre is located in the Lanyon Building. It displays historical items related to the University, and has a variety of souvenirs. The main building of the college, it was designed by former mayor of Belfast Charles Lanyon. The building features three towers, is often used as a background for movies set in Belfast and for news reports about Belfast.

Present Day

Today’s Queen’s is made up of over 300 buildings, many of which are historically significant. There are around 24,000 students.

Things to Do

  • Take a stroll around University Square
  • Visit the University Visitors Centre
  • Visit  the Seamus Heaney Library — named after the poet from Ulster who won the Nobel Prize in 1997

Did You Know?

Queen’s alumni include two nobel prize winners

  • Poet Seamus Heaney
  • Politician Lord Trimble

and a former President of Ireland

  • Mary McAleese

Queen's University

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Michael Heraghty is a user experience designer who grew up in the beautiful county of Sligo in the West of Ireland. He now lives in Dublin, with his wife and three daughters.