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The Lanyon Building

Where futures are built

Our University estate comprises more than 250 buildings, 98 of which are listed. The Lanyon Building, which opened in 1849 and is named after its architect Sir Charles Lanyon, is the centrepiece of the estate.

This tour will give you an insight into the history of the building, some of the stories and people who have brought the Lanyon to life over the years and highlight the importance philanthropy has played in its restoration and refurbishment. Find out about the former University Secretary who was a circus ringmaster and the cardiologist who invented the life-saving equipment carried on every airplane.

The tour includes:

  • The Great Hall
  • Black and White Hall
  • Canada Room/Council Chamber
  • The Hamilton Room
  • Naughton Gallery, including the University's Silver Collection

Did you know?

  • The University owns a set of silver honouring a Queen's alumnus who was one of the most powerful administrators at the twilight of the Chinese empire; and we also own a crucifix that belonged to the man that murdered Rasputin
  • The Galileo statue by Pio Fedi in the Black and White Hall was donated by Sir William Whitla
  • The Canada Room was once used as a Zoology museum
  • The Lanyon Building was originally intended to be E shaped
  • VIP visitors to Queen's are served lunch on a traditional Irish wake table


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