Opening Hours: 9am-6pm
Opening Hours: 9am-6pm

Timeline

1880 - 2020

1880

Designed by James McKinnon and built for George Fisher of the Castle Restaurant. Intended to be a fashionable promenade etc.

1895

Sir Otto Jaffe, the leading 19th century Belfast philanthropist and entrepreneur, who twice was Lord Mayor, purchased the building.

1932

New shop fronts inserted by Frederick Sage & Co, London.

1935

Hobart & Heron Architects carried out restorations to the arcade to accommodate gentlemen’s tailor Austin Reed Ltd. The monogram ‘AR’ on the 3rd floor refers to this.

1954

John H. Lunn (Jewellers) Ltd opened in Queen’s Arcade.

1993

Queens Arcade became a category Grade B1 listed building.

2002

The building was acquired by John H. Lunn (Jewellers) Ltd.

2013

Blue plaque was unveiled commemorating Dr James McDonnell (1763-1845), a renowned philanthropist, physician and the ‘father of Belfast medicine.’

2018

John H. Lunn (Jewellers) Ltd and Consarc Design Group submitted a planning application proposing a £2m internal and external restoration of the building to recapture its Victorian splendour with a modern edge making it a key shopping destination.

2019

The Arcade refurbishment was unveiled. The Rolex Store and TAG Heuer Boutique open becoming the first of their kind in Ireland.