Ten ways to get exercise at Queen’s University

Walk in Botanic

23256_Belfast Mela 2010 - Botanic Gardens

Botanic Gardens are directly beside the University and make for a pleasant destination for a stroll at any time of the year. And if you fancy sweating some extra calories away, head to the Palm (or should that be Balm?) House, whatever the weather.

Climb the stairs at the Ashby building


Slightly less pleasant, but the view from the 11th floor is well worth it. Don’t climb too quickly though, otherwise you’ll be looking at the inside of an oxygen mask instead.

The 17th tallest building in Belfast, the Ashby building is home to the Queen’s Schools of Electrical, Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EEECS), and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE). This advanced Engineering complex offers teaching, research and support accommodation to rival that of the most prestigious institutions around the world.

Run in Ormeau Park


Ormeau Park, the oldest municipal park in Belfast, is a mere stroll from Queen’s and its lush grounds are home to activities such as tennis, basketball, and even golf. It hosts a five kilometre ParkRun every Saturday morning.

Row along the Lagan river


You may want to join the rowing club first though…

Cycle along the towpath


If terra firma is more your thing, the Lagan towpath can be reached at the Gasworks at the bottom of the Ormeau Road and winds its way to Lisburn, eleven miles away. Natural scenery, teeming wildlife and architectural heritage awaits you, and there are pubs and cafes en route as well. A healthy and invigorating day out…as long as you actually leave the pub at some point.

Go for a swim


…in our 25m six-lane swimming pool at Queens’ Physical Education Centre, one of the most advanced sport and fitness facilities in the UK. Or if you can’t be bothered with that, head into the poolside sauna!

Take to the climbing wall


The Physical Education Centre runs courses for climbers at different abilities or confidence: top rope, technical or lead, all on our climbing wall in the PEC. It’s not quite as arduous as a real cliff – there’s a coffee shop near the bottom!

Kick/hit a ball at Upper Malone – 100 acres of playing fields


The Queen’s University playing fields at Upper Malone are designed for football, rugby, hockey, Gaelic football, hurling, camogie…

Dance class at the Student’s Union


Swing, salsa, Zumba, tango. More varieties of dance than you can shake a stick at. You don’t need a partner, but you do need to leave your excruciating sense of self-awareness at home! Find out more

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5 Responses to Ten ways to get exercise at Queen’s University

  1. Sharon says:

    My favorite is ”Run in Ormeau Park”. Still missing thoese days

  2. Anthony says:

    Wow it is wonderful !
    I really want to lear at here

  3. Alex says:

    Wow what a awesome post and its really inspire me regarding sports.

  4. Leone says:

    Such an awesome and informative post. For me it brings back sweet memories


    I can’t wait to come and start my postgraduate programme in Belfast. The vicinity is highly conducive and beautiful

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