Queen’s University Belfast Buildings

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Queen’s University Belfast Buildings

The Lanyon Building’s front façade is instantly recognisable and is often seen on banknotes, billboards and tourist posters. The campus contains over 100 buildings which are listed as being of special architectural and historic merit

Lanyon building and front lawn from right hand side

Lanyon building

The centrepiece and the enduring symbol of Queen’s University is the original building, completed in 1849.

It is now known as the Lanyon Building after its architect, the renowned Sir Charles Lanyon. His design borrows from the Gothic and Tudor character of the great medieval universities, and in particular from Magdalen College, Oxford.

The great hall set up for a banquet

Great Hall

The most dramatic space in the university, it houses portraits of many inspiring and influential Queen’s people.

In 2000 a restoration of the Hall was undertaken which would later receive an RIBA Award.


back of galileo statue with students walking through the black and white hall in the background

Entrance Hall

Also known as the Black and White Hall, it can be found through the main doors of the Lanyon Building.

The central statue of Galileo, by Pio Fedi, was installed in the hall in 2001 as part of the restoration of the adjacent Great Hall.


Graduate school interior, first floor

The Lynn Building

Named after its architect, William Henry Lynn, and designed in a vibrant Ruskinian Gothic style, it was originally the main library.

It is now the home to The Graduate School, having been sympathetically restored and remodeled in 2015.

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