UK’s Most Majestic University Buildings (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Our office team could not agree on which UK university had the coolest and most majestic buildings so with some research and a quick poll coupled with the brilliance of our graphic designer we created this awesome infographic utilising unique 3D eye candy that will surely be too much for your eyes to digest – enjoy.

UK's Most Majestic University Buildings Revealed

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Further Reading & Cool Facts

Universities throughout the UK have some of the most impressive and awe inspiring buildings in the world with some structures dating back hundreds and hundreds of years. From Neo Gothic architecture to some of the best examples of Tudor and medieval craftsmanship that can be found around the world.

Did you know many of these structures have been featured regularly in some famous movies over the last few decades?

Now that we’ve seen and had some time to digest these amazing structures, let’s learn a little more about the universities they feature in as well as the iconic buildings themselves.

The University of Keele

The University of Keele was founded in 1949 as the university college of North Staffordshire and occupies over 600 acres of rural campus. It is Britain’s biggest single site campus. What sets Keele university apart from other top universities when it comes to the campus is it’s beautiful rural setting. The campus also includes streams, lakes as well as stunning parkland.

The university also does well academically and holds many accolades and awards which include a gold in teaching excellence framework.

The famous Keele hall is a 19th-century mansion house, rented for 10 years by the Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich of Russia in 1900 and being requisitioned by the Army during World War II (occupied first by British and then by American troops).

The University of Bristol

The University of Bristol was founded in 1876 initially as University College Bristol and is ranked among the top 10 universities in the UK by QS university ranking. The university still boasts some buildings from its time as university college Bristol as well as many additional buildings since it received its royal charter in 1909.

The Wills Memorial Building, also known as the Wills Memorial Tower is synonymous with the University. It is the centerpiece building of the university precinct, a Neo Gothic building standing at 215 ft (65.5 m) tall it’s one of the last great Gothic buildings to be built in England. The tower houses “Great George” – England’s sixth-largest bell, weighing over 9.5 tonnes!

Queen’s University of Belfast

Queen’s University of Belfast is a member of the Russell group of leading research intensive universities and is ranked number eight in the UK for research intensity with over 75% of their research assessed as ‘world leading‘.

The universities Lanyon Building is the center piece of the university. Named after its architect Sir Charles Lanyon, it is a beautiful sight to behold – A must see for anyone interested in Gothic and Tudor architecture. The main atrium of the Lanyon building houses a marble statue of Galileo. Originally, the whole building was intended to be E Shaped.

Royal Holloway, University of London

The Royal Holloway was initially founded as Bedford College in 1849 but due to past mergers is now officially known as Royal Holloway, University of London. In 2014 the university ranked within the top 25% of universities in the UK for research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

The Royal Holloway campus is one of the most beautiful in the UK with a number of stunning buildings set around parkland.

The universities Founder building is spectacular in its beauty and a great representation of Gothic revival architecture. The building and the college were a £600,000 “gift to the nation” by the entrepreneur/philanthropist Thomas Holloway and was officially opened by Queen Victoria who allowed the use of ”Royal” in the colleges name by Royal Mandate in 1886.

Aberystwyth University

The University of Aberystwyth was established in 1872 and was recently voted university of the year for teaching quality in the times and Sunday times good university guide 2019.

The campus is spread across 3 main sites with the old college building being part of one of them. The famous old college building was originally intended to be a grand seafront hotel, however due to economic factors and financial troubles that never came into existence. It was designed by John Nash in 1795 and remains one of the best standing buildings created by the architects of that time.

University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow was founded in 1451 and is one of Scotland’s four ancient universities.

It’s main campus is located at Gillmorehill in the west end of the city but has many additional university buildings in different areas of the city. Some of it’s more notable buildings include the Gilbert Scott building as well as the universities Hunterian which is the oldest museum in Scotland.

The Gilbert Scott building is named after its designer Sir George Gilbert Scott and shows off one of the best examples of Gothic revival architecture in the UK. Sir George passed away before it was completed, however his son John Oldrid Scott completed it in 1891. The stunning tower which is part of the building stands 278 feet high and remains one of Glasgow’s must see buildings.

University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is not only one of oldest universities around but also the second best university according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The university boasts some of the most iconic buildings in the world such as the Kings College Chapel which is seen as one of the best examples of perpendicular architecture as well as St John’s College which is another great example of wonderful design & craftsmanship. All this coupled with the stunning River Cam on the overlook makes for a beautiful campus.

University of Oxford

The University of Oxford is the oldest in Britain and the second oldest in the world. It is currently ranked number one in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

In terms of buildings, Oxford university is not campus based so everything is not located on one site. That said, there are many famous college buildings scattered around the town some of which include Christ Church, St Johns and Radcliffe Camera and Brasenose.

The Christ Church building sits on approximately 175 acres of land which includes the meadow. In October 1783 James Sandler made the first hot air balloon ascent in Britain from the meadow. The college gardens and various other buildings hold significant architectural value so are grade 1 listed on the registrar of historic parks and gardens.

A Final Word

The time and patience that was put into designing these beautiful structures is truly amazing and we probably won’t ever see anything like them built again so let’s marvel at them while we can.

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  1. Kaz says:

    A university over 1000 years old? Did not expect that, I’m guessing thats what edged it for Oxford? (Besides the famous courtyard) – great infographic.

    • John says:

      Interesting facts! Did not realise London only has 10k or so students given how over crowded it is…my home of Bristol seems a good bet for students…you should offer me more money given we have far more students and thus better returns than overpriced London!

  2. Jenn says:

    My beloved Univeristy of Sheffield did not make the list 🙁 booooo! But that is pretty steep competition I guess, thanks for sharing

  3. Ali says:

    Great graphics used for the building illustrations of the universities!

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