Belfast & Northern Ireland

The Man Who Built Belfast

13 Apr 2021


Many of the buildings you see as you walk around Belfast were  designed by one man – Sir Charles Lanyon. This prolific 19th century architect designed, among others, Queen's University, Custom House, Belfast Castle, Crumlin Road Gaol & Courthouse, Botanic Gardens Palm House and Queen's and Ormeau Bridges.

He is also responsible for the stunning Antrim Coast Road and some 38 churches dotted throughout the city. Born in England in 1813, Lanyon worked in Dublin before heading north to put his stamp on Belfast. He became Mayor of Belfast in 1862 and died peacefully in 1889 at his Whiteabbey, Co. Antrim home.

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