Belfast City Hall
Belfast City Hall
4.5
Architectural BuildingsGovernment Buildings
9:30 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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • BundyClub
    Bundanoon, Australia541 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Tour Puts The Building In The Context of Belfasts Development
    The city hall is a beautiful building surrounded by a well kept garden. We opted for the free tour which lasted about an hour. The tour was informative and the guide entertaining. Well worth a visit if you like old buildings and the tour puts the building in the context of Belfast.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 7, 2023
  • Graben7
    Newport, United Kingdom101 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fantastic building
    This is a fantastic building that keeps on giving. It's free, and the exhibition about the history of Belfast goes on and on. It's 15 rooms of interesting stuff, so if the weather is a bit inclement this is a great place to while away a few hours.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 11, 2023
  • Flavie
    Belgium2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it!
    Kerena was a humorous and fact-filled guide that really showed love for the city and building. These free guided tours really are a must on your first day in Belfast: you’ll understand and appreciate the city better with this contextualisation! 🤩♥️
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 14, 2023
  • jeedee2016
    The Netherlands16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    beautiful building
    beautiful building, just drop in for a short visit, or take the free walking tour (takes 30 min. or so). don't plan this visit.... you will get near this building any time you walk around the city center, or come in by bus.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 26, 2023
  • kvasir
    London, United Kingdom1,245 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive guided tour.
    Opened in 1906, the exterior of this magnificent Baroque building features tall towers at its four corners, and a green copper dome at its centre. The 45 minute tour of the interior is highly informative on the history of the building and of its current uses. The Grand Staircase and marble floors are impressive, as are the multiplicity of stained glass windows and other artefacts depicting historical events or occasions. The Council Chamber, Lord Mayor’s Rooms, and Banqueting Hall offer opportunity for memorable photographs. The gardens too are delightful.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 30, 2023
  • BonnieRed850
    Huntingdon, United Kingdom589 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A magnificent building
    Free to enter so there is no excuse for not at least taking a look inside this amazing building. The exterior is impressive enough but inside is a real feast for the eyes with magnificent marble walls and stairs. The stained glass windows each tell a different tail relating to the city and serve as a reminder that Belfast had a long and interesting tail to tell.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Anne P
    30 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth popping in for an hour
    We had a short amount of time to use before our ride home so I decided to visit City Hall which was free. An hour is perhaps long enough inside but outside you also have the Titanic Memorial gardens and the lovely memorial statue of the drowned sailor. Inside City Hall I was pleased to see the city celebrates its successful women in key roles. The stained glass windows are lovely especially on a sunny day. Great building and much to see.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Peter Lanky
    Wigan, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to see
    We were expecting a 45 mins or so guided tour around the building, but we not only had this, but access to the exhibition, which was a museum itself, within the city hall, and ended up being there almost 3 hours, all at no cost. The tour takes you through most of the main rooms and shows how Belfast had plenty of money to spend on such a building around the turn of the 20th century, producing a building full of rooms with opulent décor. we even met the very young looking Lord Mayor. The exhibition is effectively the story of Belfast from the 17th century up to the modern day.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 15, 2023
  • CharlieV2011
    Chicago, Illinois1,629 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free Public Tours!
    This building is beautiful and very noticeable to those in the city center. When I read that free tours are available (time slots are posted online), I knew that I wanted to see inside! To participate in the free tour, simply walk in to the reception desk and ask for availability. The tour takes about 50 minutes and you will see portraits, beautiful marble, and two rooms where elected officials do their work!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 16, 2023
  • hillfieldjp
    Gloucester, United Kingdom237 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit
    We only had a short time at the end of the afternoon to visit and so did not see the exhibition rooms but took the guided tour of the council areas upstairs. Our guide was excellent, knowledgeable, amusing and happy to chat about the system in NI which was new to us. The tour takes about 45 minutes and was excellent. The building is magnificent and being able to see the state rooms including the council chamber was great. It is also nice to see this sort of public building so well maintained and used. The cafe served a very tasty cup of tea on a wet afternoon.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 20, 2023
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Joy B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
It was an unexpected pleasure today to visit Belfast City Hall. We had enjoyed exploring the grounds - looking at sculptures, reading inscriptions and appreciating the architecture. We decided we’d take our chances and see if we could have a look inside. To our surprise we ended up having lunch in the cafe, taking a self-guided tour and then being offered a 45 minute guided tour of the second floor chambers. Korena was a great guide who provided a good mix of history and current practise/use of the building and delivered it in a clear and humorous way too.
This is a stunning building with an interesting history. I highly recommend the tour!
Written April 22, 2024
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Rema T
Sydney, Australia23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
I was visited Belfast with my family and extended family for a few days. We were not planning to visit the Belfast City Hall and jsut happened to walk past it and noticed that the Museum inside was open. WOW wee. We were there for about 2 and a half hours reading through the hsitory not only of Belfast but of Northern Ireland. Lots to read with the enterior of the building a beautiful artifact in its own right. So many rooms to explore that are framed by gorgeous wooden fireplaces circa 1906 and onwards. The garden and Statues to the font of the building are a very popular photo opportunity for the visiting public. Admission is free but make sure you wear comfortable shoes. You will need at least 2 hours, mostly standing to get through all the displays. You might even be lucky enough to see wedding photos's being taken on the majestic staircases. A must see, although young children and teens may not appreciate the history and be easily bored as there is so much to read in Gaelic and English. Enjoyed the visit very much.
Written April 14, 2024
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Simon R
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A really beautiful building in the heart of the city, super accessible from the bus station and with a ton of transport links right outside.

The exterior of the building features a number of statues and commemorations, all including handy information about the events or individuals depicted.

Inside the City Hall itself, the staff were very friendly. There are a large number of themed rooms that tell the story of Belfast through the ages, along with artefacts on display to bring the history to life. I believe there was an option for a free headphone tour, but I prefer receiving my info in written rather than audio format, so I didn’t use it, but those with visual impairments, or who prefer to listen than read, will no doubt find it useful.

Included in the themed rooms are pieces on the Titanic, Northern Irish sporting heroes, and a very emotional “Reflections Room”. The wealth of information provided makes this a great place to start your visit to Belfast. I heartily recommend it.
Written April 9, 2024
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Lynn C
Manchester, UK54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
If visiting Belfast, a must-see attraction. Beautiful building in the city centre. Free entry and downstairs exhibition well worth a look. If you book a free guided tour you get to see the upstairs, including the robing room, council Chambers and great hall. Beautiful marble interior. Titanic memorial garden there as well.
Written March 25, 2024
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Leanne W
Calgary, Alberta, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Absolutely loved learning the history and wandering the gorgeous halls of Belfast City Hall. Our tour guide Carina was incredibly knowledgable and fun and her passion for the city and this beautiful building was evident. Been living in Belfast for two years and it was my first time through. Would highly recommend!
Written March 24, 2024
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SharonJT67
Durham, UK5,280 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Visited with friends on Wednesday 20th, before wondering around the 16 rooms we booked for the 11am first floor tour which is an absolute must, a behind the scenes look at some of the normally unaccessible rooms such as the hall & the Council Chamber. The rooms downstairs cover the history of Belfast include famous people like Van Morrison, George Best & Frank Carson along with key political figures, the whole hall is simply stunning & so well maintained!
Written March 20, 2024
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DrCDB
Chile540 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Beautiful building in the heart of Belfast. Nice to see it both at day and night. You can walk through the gardens and visit the incites of the building as well.
Written March 17, 2024
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Alyssa1990vine
London, UK27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Beautiful building and the tour well worth doing. Cafe had very limited range of options for anyone with allergies and staff made no effort to help
Written March 16, 2024
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada5,100 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
While we were in Belfast we figured we would check out the City Hall, despite the unexpected closure of its interior during our visit. Although we were unable to explore its grand halls and historic chambers, we appreciated the opportunity to stroll through the surrounding grounds.

Situated in the heart of Belfast, the City Hall's exterior exudes architectural elegance, with its imposing facade and intricate detailing. We wandered through the manicured gardens and pathways, surroundings the building.

One notable feature of the City Hall grounds is the Titanic Memorial, a poignant reminder of Belfast's maritime heritage and the city's connection to the ill-fated ship. The memorial pays tribute to the lives lost in the tragic sinking of the Titanic, serving as a solemn reminder of the human cost of the disaster.
Written March 13, 2024
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Doobles6
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A stunning building with a free exhibition and guided tour of the chambers.

Hugely interesting and. Hood insight to the history of Belfast. The coffee is good in the coffee shop, too.
Written March 9, 2024
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