Belfast City Hall | Attractions | Visit Belfast
54.596423 -5.929466

Please note, restrictions continue to ease in Northern Ireland. Visit our Belfast Reopening page to find out what’s open when, or visit our Ideas page for ways to enjoy Belfast safely today! For more advice on current restrictions visit our Coronavirus Advice for Visitors page.

Description

One of Belfast's most iconic buildings, Belfast City Hall first opened its doors in August 1906 and is Belfast's civic building.

Due to the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, City Hall, its public tours, exhibitions, functions and events have been closed to the public. For more information please visit the Belfast City Council website. Please note, the grounds of Belfast City Hall will be closed to the public from 18 November to 22 December for the Star Factory event, and will only be accessible to those with tickets.

Free public tours of Belfast City Hall are available. Led by an experienced guide, they last around one hour and uncover the history of Belfast City Hall, while exploring some of its finest features. You can also visit the Titanic Memorial Garden and a number of monuments and memorials in the grounds.

Look out for the Belfast City Hall illuminations as they light up the building in a variety of colours and combinations at night, showing off the building's beautiful architectural features.
  • Donegall Square
  • Belfast
  • Antrim
  • BT1 5GS
Belfast City Hall
  • Donegall Square
  • Belfast
  • Antrim
  • BT1 5GS

Top Reasons To Visit

  • Free tours
  • Titanic Memorial Garden
  • Belfast City Hall visitor exhibition
  • Lighting display at night
  • Bobbin Coffee Shop
  • Free Public Tours

    Belfast City Hall offers free public tours every day. Led by an experienced guide, tours last around one hour and include the history of Belfast City Hall and its finest features. The tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors must register 10-15 minutes before the tour is due to start at the visitor exhibition and guided tours reception. Although public tours of Belfast City Hall are free of charge, donations are kindly accepted for the development of the tour service. Donation boxes can be found at the main reception desk.

    Free Public Tour Times (1 October 2019 to 31 May 2020)

    • Monday to Friday: 11am, 2pm and 3pm
    • Saturday and Sunday: 12pm, 2pm and 3pm

     

  • Private Group Tours

    Private tours are offered to commercial tour operators at a charge. For information about charges, availability and to make a booking, please email or phone a member of the Belfast City Hall team. All tours for commercial tour operators must be booked in advance and outside of public tour times.

  • Visitor Exhibition & Gift Shop

    Belfast City Hall’s east wing on the ground floor hosts a visitor exhibition, which can be accessed through its own dedicated reception area. The exhibition offers a journey from the city’s past to the present, showing the vibrancy and diversity of Belfast City Hall across six themed zones.

    Stretching over 16 separate rooms, and presented within the original architecture of Belfast City Hall, you can explore the various rooms, pause for thought in the reflection space or take time out for lunch or refreshments in The Bobbin coffee shop.

    The exhibition is free for individuals (there’s a charge for commercial groups), but for £3.50 you can hire headphones and listen to an audio tour, available in a range of languages. You can also buy a commemorative booklet for £1.

    You can book in person at the visitor exhibition and reception desk in Belfast City Hall, by phone on 028 9027 0456 or by email at visitcityhall@belfastcity.gov.uk

    Visitor Exhibition and Gift Shop Opening Times

    Monday to Wednesday: 9.30am-5pm
    Thursday: 9.30am-5pm (8pm*)
    Friday: 9.30am-5pm
    Saturday and Sunday: 10am-5pm

    *only available from 1 June to 30 September

  • Grounds of Belfast City Hall and Titanic Memorial Garden

    The perfectly manicured lawns surrounding City Hall contain a wealth of memorials to the history, people and events associated with the city. Among the most poignant are the Cenotaph built in memory of all those who died in the First World War and the Titanic Memorial Gardens which name all 1,512 victims of the disaster. The Titanic Memorial Garden is situated on the east side of Belfast City Hall.

    The garden was built around the existing Titanic monument which was designed by Sir Thomas Brock. The garden is set on two levels with the upper level containing a nine metre long plinth supporting 15 bronze plaques which list, in alphabetical order, the names of 1,512 people who perished on RMS Titanic. This is the first time that the names of everyone who perished have been recorded on one monument. ‘The Belfast List’, as it is now known, is a key feature of the memorial garden.

    Also worth seeing are the grand front gates of City Hall which bear the City Coat of Arms and are accompanied by two fine lamps which are adorned with seahorses and cherubs who each hold items representing the industrial and manufacturing heritage of the city.

  • Visitor App

    A visitor app is free to download from the Apple App Store and the Google Play store. It includes a rich and engaging audio tour that guides each visitor through the visitor exhibition and all of its displays. The app will also help you self-guide around the grounds of City Hall or its famous collection of stained glass windows. Search ‘Belfast City Hall’ on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

You might also like

  • Titanic Belfast
    Titanic Belfast
    Attractions

    Titanic Belfast

    2.72 KM

    Titanic Belfast is the world's largest Titanic visitor experience and a must-see on any visit to Belfast and…

    Find Out More
  • Crumlin Road Gaol
    Crumlin Road Gaol
    Attractions

    Crumlin Road Gaol

    1.82 KM

    The Crumlin Road Gaol is a 19th century Grade A listed jail, open to the public for tours,…

    Find Out More
  • Mount Stewart
    Mount Stewart
    Attractions

    Mount Stewart

    37.46 KM

    Discover a place of enchantment

    Find Out More
  • Ulster American Folk Park
    Ulster American Folk Park
    Attractions

    Ulster American Folk Park

    156.16 KM

    Immerse yourself in the story of Irish emigration at the museum that brings it to life.

    Find Out More
  • Stricklands Glen
    Stricklands Glen
    Attractions

    Stricklands Glen

    28.27 KM

    An enchanting park leading onto the North Down Coastal path.

    Find Out More
  • Belfast Whiskey Club
    Belfast Whiskey Club
    See & Do

    Belfast Whiskey Club

    0.19 KM

    Belfast Whiskey Club is Belfast’s only fully independent and non-profit whiskey club that opens its doors to people…

    Find Out More
  • Echlinville Distillery
    Echlinville Distillery
    Attractions

    Echlinville Distillery

    48.79 KM

    The Echlinville Distillery on the Ards Peninsula became Northern Ireland's first licenced distillery in over 125 years, distilling…

    Find Out More
  • Drumglass Park
    Drumglass Park
    Attractions

    Drumglass Park

    3.74 KM

    Drumglass Park is located between the Lisburn and Malone Roads in south Belfast. It is popular with families…

    Find Out More
Ask Us
Ask Us

We're here to help, so if you can't find the info you're after, or you just want to ask a really odd question, then we're here for you.

Ask A Question
Start
Choose a date
End
Choose a date
Back To Top
In order to display distances relevant to you, we'd like to be able to use your GPS location. Privacy Policy
In order to display distances relevant to your current position, we'd need to be able to use your GPS location. To find out more about how we use your location, please read our Privacy Policy
You have previously denied access to your GPS location. In order to allow access to your location, you need to update your site settings through your browser settings to allow this site access to your location.

To find out more about how we use your location, please read our Privacy Policy
Your settings have been updated. They will take effect next time you refresh the page.
By default, all distances on the site are calculated from Belfast City Centre. You can choose a different starting point here, or specify your own.

If you select a location more than 15km from the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre, your location will be set to Belfast City Centre.

Open 'Ask a Question' window Close 'Ask a Question' window

Ask a Question

X

Hide this tool

Open 'Sign up for Newsletter' window Close 'Sign up for Newsletter' window

Visit Belfast Newsletter

X

Sign up to the Visit Belfast newsletter and receive inspiring ideas, events and offers which showcase the best of Belfast and Northern Ireland.

Sign-Up

Hide this tool