Belfast City Hall
Belfast City Hall
4.5
Architectural BuildingsHistorical & Heritage ToursMonuments & StatuesHistory MuseumsGovernment Buildings
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
At the centre of Donegall Square proudly stands City Hall; the civic headquarters of Belfast City Council. City Hall is open to the public 7 days a week. It is a multi-purpose venue hosting a large number of events in its large functions rooms or outdoors on the beautiful lawns. Daily tours of the building allow visitors to admire the superb art collection, formal rooms such as the Council Chamber and Great Hall while its opulent interiors are lit by a stunning collection of stained glass windows. Guests can relax and refresh in the Bobbin Coffee Shop or pick up souvenirs in the Gift Shop. A 16 room visitor exhibition explores the history of the city through themed and interactive displays. City Hall grounds are the primary green space in Belfast City Centre and host continental markets and open air concerts. The grounds feature a number of statues and memorials relating to Belfast’s leading figures and historic past, including the Titanic Memorial Garden.
Belfast, Northern Ireland

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2024

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lesrobo
Dublin, Ireland112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
We just decided on the hop to pop into City Hall and joined the tour which was presented by Paul (not Andrew). It was very entertaining and interactive...you can play dress up with the mayor robes. The stories and entertainment provided by Paul made the 40 minutes fly and it was worth every penny (tour costs nothing)
Belfast oozes of history from World Wars to the Troubles... It's great to hear such humour and interesting tales of City Hall.
The city is only open to tourism in the last while but they are loving all the tourists and want to share their stories and history with us...so get up to wee Belfast with you.
Written January 11, 2020
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Morgana X
Toronto, Canada18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
I didn’t go on a guided tour due to lack of time, but i went on the self guided Visitor Exhibition. It was very comprehensive and interesting! I think it would be a great start point to learn more about Belfast and its history( also language,sports,politics). You can visit for free or rent an audio guide for 3.50£- Additionally, there is the option to download the guide on your phone for less money. Overall, I had a great time and the architecture is simply stunning!
Written February 11, 2020
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RobReilly494
Lisburn, UK161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The outer building is a lovely work of art and inside is even better - a rich blend of modern and old. The staff make you feel very welcome and their friendly approach helps you to feel comfortable as you browse the sizable building. The cafeteria is a hidden treasure - simple affordable tasty food serve by friendly professional staff. The coffee is lovely - a chill out and relax blend at a affordable price. Entrance to the Hall is free so what are you waiting for?
Written February 6, 2020
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kensmoon
Lincoln, UK1,031 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
A beautiful and impressive building located in the centre of this vibrant and welcoming city. The grounds are a favourite place for local workers to enjoy their lunch in the fine weather. From a previous visit we can thoroughly recommend the exhibition which over sixteen rooms takes you on a journey from past to present, illustrating the city's development with a variety of subjects. I particularly liked the series of vibrant, colourful stained glass windows, which are well worth a few minutes of contemplation.
Written August 27, 2020
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Carolyn P
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This is a beautiful building, which currently has exhibitions at which the public can look round at their leisure. There is also a very good cafeteria providing a wide range of good quality foods from local sources, from breakfast right through to afternoon tea. One can also do a free guided tour round the city hall for which booking is advisable.The tour was very informative, and covered the rooms upstairs along with the history of the building. I would consider this a tour not to be missed.
Written March 20, 2020
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BuddyDuncan
Bismarck, ND41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Upon entering the City Hall you will be enthralled by the majestic staircase, marble floors/walls, the incredible dome and stunning chandelier. After you catch your breath, wander down the hallway to your left and right to view the glorious stained glass windows. Each window has a story to tell and you won't want to miss it.
Written February 16, 2020
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Merrowmum
Guildford, UK1,343 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
With the guided building tours currently not available, I booked us tickets for the free exhibition as you can then see some of the interior on the way in and out.
But actually the exhibition was well done, telling the story of Belfast’s history as well as some notable figures in its past up to the present day. Being free is a bonus as this is not some rubbish couple of notice boards but a proper museum quality space.
As I mentioned, you then get to see some of the stunning interior architecture of this superb building as well as a few of its beautiful stained glass windows, each with a story to tell. The coffee shop was open when we visited although the gift shop was closed.
A really good way to spend an hour for free!
Written October 26, 2021
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aontrama68#
Bath, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We walked around the grounds as part of a small walking tour and had a great explanation regarding the history of the site and the building itself. We also saw the statues and the guide explained the story behind each one and their symbolism. Sadly, the City Hall itself was closed due to Covid.
Written August 25, 2021
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Tracey G
Halesowen, UK2,209 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
Our hotel was just down road from City Hall so it was a good way finder. The TI was opposite. The tour buses went from close by and there were loads of bars and cafes surrounding the City Hall. We didn’t go inside but it was impressive from all sides
Written October 18, 2020
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Barry Glynn
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
I went to the Christmas Market at City Hall. What immediately struck me was the amount of local stalls obviously sourced through local supply chains. The product lines where of such high quality and the education masses flocking to the market know a quality bargain when they see one . I had the paella which was fantastic washed down with a freezing cold harp (perfectly poured) in a tent full of gentle folk. I was a bit greedy and had a kangaroo burger made from local kangaroo meat . It was delicious. I bought a hat and some marshmallows and spoke with one of the sellers who said the operator of the market was a dream to work for and that profit margin were massive. I read an article that the market generates 51 million to the local hospitality industry which I wouldn't doubt. Top marks for the belfast City Council fir their sterling work in promoting local supply chains and promoting local rate paying businesses. I emailed the operator who got back to me straight away . Infact he sent me 15 emails to my 1. I brought some paella home with me to work on my major city centre project (watch this space).
Written September 10, 2021
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