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13 Instagram-worthy spots on Queen’s campus

Student blogger Sneha Parajuli reveals the prettiest spots on campus to supercharge your Insta-grid.

1. The Lanyon Building

My first reaction when I saw this building was “OMG Hogwarts!”. Yes, it looks like Hogwarts and is one of the tourist destinations of Belfast. It’s quite nice knowing your university is a tourist attraction!

Being a student here is a privilege as you get to see this beautiful building almost every day and post pictures flaunting your School on Instagram. What’s more, the Lanyon looks even more incredible at night.

2. The Black and White Hall

Upon entering the main door of the Lanyon Building, you will come across the central Black and White hall with a beautiful sculpture of Galileo. The sculpture was said to be housed in the Ulster Museum before it was shifted to Queen’s in 2001.

3. The Quadrangle


Everybody wonders what it looks like once you enter the Lanyon building. It is as amazing inside as it looks from the outside.

The campus is surrounded by a beautiful garden with lots of sitting areas, where students can sit and read a book or have a hot cup of coffee while enjoying the view.

4. The Staircase

There is a stairway just behind the Lanyon which leads to the Library. On a clear day, the stairway can be a great spot to take pictures with your friends.

5. The Graduate School (exterior)


The Graduate School is a state-of-the-art building with huge windows. At first, I thought it looked like a cathedral. It can be a great place to take pictures for Instagram.

6. The Graduate School (interior)


This is one of my favourite places in the University. It is like a hidden gem. Every student is amazed by The Graduate School once they go inside. Surrounded by big windows with beautiful glass engravings, The Graduate School is a dedicated student hub to relax, socialise or work.

7. The Lanyon Statue

This is one statue no one notices at first. I was just walking by the Lanyon when I took this picture. Can you notice a cute little bird sitting on the head of the statue? Isn’t it Instagram-able?

8. The McClay Library

You might be wondering why a library would be on a list of Instagram-worthy spots. The reason is, unlike other boring libraries, the Mclay Library is pretty famous for its amazing sculptures and rooms. Just in front of the Library lies this amazing sculpture, which caught my attention.

9. The C.S. Lewis Reading Room

This is so much more than a basic reading room. The C.S. Lewis Reading Room, located on the first floor of the McClay Library looks like the door to Narnia, from the famous book ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’. It is one of the most famous Instagram spots on campus. The entrance of this reading room is a hand-carved replica of the wardrobe door from the book.

As soon as you enter through the door, you see a reading space decorated with glass-engraved inscriptions, which looks like the map of the famous ‘Narnia’. It’s my favourite spots to be in the Library!

10.The Computer Science Building

The first thing I did when I saw this building was click a picture. With colourful glass fins representing digital code, the building is modern with all sorts of state-of-the-art facilities. The building surely catches attention and can make a great spot for pictures.

11. Elmwood Hall


Elmwood Hall in the Queen’s Quarter is a gothic style Victorian church called Elmwood Presbyterian Church which was later turned into a hall used by Queen’s for events or theatrical performances.

12. Botanic Gardens

On a sunny day, Botanic Gardens, located just beside the University is usually packed with people. If you love nature, then walking around the park can be a great idea. Usually you’ll find people walking around with their dogs. Can you see why this place is on the list?

13. Riddel Hall

Home to the Queen’s Management School, Riddel Hall is located on Stranmillis Road. The building looks like an old palace and is surrounded by a beautiful huge garden.

There are cute little study pods behind the building which is a perfect place to take pictures for Instagram (and study, obvs).

More oh-so-pretty spots on Queen’s campus.

Photo: Sneha Parajuli, Nepal
Sneha Parajuli, Nepal
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