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City Hall, Belfast

Built in 1906, Belfast City Hall is situated at the centre of Belfast's city streets, on Donegall Square. City Hall is the most opulent public building in Belfast. It was designed by architect Brumwell Thomas, who modelled it after St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Public, guided tours of City Hall are FREE, and are available Monday to Saturday. The tours last for around an hour, and the guide explores the Hall and its connection to the wider history of Belfast City. 


  • City Hall is constructed from Portland Stone
  • Four ornate towers adorn each corner of the building
  • Its remarkable 173-foot copper dome can be seen from the inside at the entrance hall
  • Ornate plasterwork
  • Stained glass windows
  • Italian marble work
  • The finest room is the council chamber, which is paneled with rich oak

Things To Do

  • Visit the exhibition area
  • Take a free public tour (first-come, first-served basis -- see official site for more information)
  • Take a stroll around City Hall and visit the memorials to people and groups, including
    • All who perished on the Titanic, a ship built in Belfast
    • The first US Army contingent to enter Europe in WWII, who landed in Belfast on January 26, 1942
    • An imposing statue of Queen Victoria at the building's main entrance

Official Site

Belfast City Council - City Hall


Belfast City Hall . Image: Ian Halsey


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