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Belfast City Hall is Belfast City Council's civic building. It is located in Donegall Square, in the heart of Belfast city centre. It first opened its doors on 1 August 1906.

Inside City Hall, you can register births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships, take a tour, and admire the public art. You can also purchase a range of souvenir merchandise at our gift shop located at the main reception. Items available include pens, pencils, magnets, books, keyrings, toys and ceramics.

In the grounds of City Hall you can visit the Titanic Memorial Gardens, picnic on the lawns or see the building lit up at night.

Opening hours

 Facility  Day
 Time
City Hall building Monday to Friday
10am - 5pm
Saturday and Sunday
10am - 4pm (subject to change)
Public and bank holidays
Subject to change - view holiday arrangements
  From Monday 22 – Saturday 27 January 2018, the public toilets in the east foyer area will be closed to enable refurbishment work to take place.

During this time, the public toilets, including disabled access toilets, located on the west ground floor corridor, will remain open.
Belfast City Council reception Monday to Thursday 8.30am - 5pm
Friday
8.30am - 4.30pm
Saturday and Sunday
Closed
Public and bank holidays
Closed
 Gift shop Monday to Thursday  9.30am - 4.30pm
Friday 9.30am - 4pm 
Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4.30pm 
Public and bank holidays  Subject to change - view holiday arrangements
Visitor exhibition and guided tours reception
Monday to Friday
9.30am - 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm 
Public and bank holidays  Subject to change - view holiday arrangements 
Public tour times Monday to Friday 11am, 2pm and 3pm
Saturday and Sunday 12 noon, 2pm, 3pm
Registrar's Office
Monday to Thursday
9.30am - 4.30pm
Friday 9.30am - 4pm 
Public and bank holidays Subject to change - view holiday arrangements
The Bobbin Coffee Shop

Monday to Friday
9am - 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm
City Hall grounds Monday to Wednesday
10am - 8pm
Thursday to Saturday 10am - 10pm
Sunday 12 noon - 6pm
Access and egress to and from City Hall for tours, exhibitions, registrar and general business before the above times will be via Donegall Square South only.
All services within City Hall will open as normal during this time. 

The pedestrian gate at Donegall Square West and public access to the Cenotaph is currently closed to enable work to take place in the Cenotaph area. 
This work, which includes making the area more accessible, will take approximately 12 weeks from Monday 8 January 2018. 

During this time, City Hall grounds can be accessed during normal opening hours, through the gates at Donegall Square North and Donegall Square East.

Access to City Hall is also available, during normal opening hours, through the gates at Donegall Square South.

Our free visitor exhibition and The Bobbin Coffee Shop, located inside City Hall, will remain open.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

Location

Belfast City Hall is located in the heart of Belfast City Centre in Donegall Square.

Belfast City Hall
Donegall Square,
Belfast
BT1 5GS 

Directions

By Train

Translink operate regular train services to and from Belfast City Centre. For up-to-date information on timetables please visit www.translink.co.uk. Central station and Great Victoria Street are both within walking distance to city hall.

By Bus

Translink operate a range of services to Belfast City Centre. For up-to-date information on timetables please visit www.translink.co.uk

By Air

George Best Belfast City Airport is a 10-15 minute drive to City Hall, with regular bus links and taxi or car hire available at the airport. For full details visit www.belfastcityairport.com.

Belfast International Airport is a 20-30 minute drive to City Hall with regular bus links and taxi or car hire available at the airport. For full details visit www.belfastairport.com.

Facilities

Toilet facilities

From Monday 22 – Saturday 27 January 2018, the public toilets in the east foyer area will be closed to enable refurbishment work to take place.  Further intermittent closures will also take place between Friday 2 February – Friday 2 March 2018.

During this time, the public toilets, including disabled access toilets, located on the west ground floor corridor, will remain open.

Breastfeeding

We welcome breastfeeding in Belfast City Hall

Guide and assistance dogs facilities

A dog spend area for guide and other assistance dogs is available just inside the gates located at the south-east of the building.  The facility is available for use during City Hall opening hours.

BelfastWiFi

Free Wi-Fi is available at this venue.

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Accessibility

Visitors can access City Hall via the front entrance on Donegall Square North and the back gate at Donegall Square South. City Hall is accessible to disabled users and visitors. Facilities include: 

  • ramps at the front and rear entrances 
  • wheelchair-friendly lift access to all floors 
  • main passenger lift fitted with voice enunciation and embossed lift controls 
  • adapted toilets 
  • automatic door openers on all main access routes within the building 
  • an induction loop system at our reception area and in our main rooms for those with hearing impairments 
  • staff trained in sign language (British Sign Language) 
Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are also available upon request; ask at our main reception area for more information. 

Visitors with special requirements

We recommend that visitors or groups with special requirements book in advance to visit the exhibition or for a guided tour. 

Induction loops are available at the Visitor Exhibition and Tour Reception, The Bobbin Coffee Shop and Gift Shop.

Groups can arrange for a signer to assist in the delivery of a private guided tour if required by contacting a member of the team in advance.

Visitors with special requirements 

We recommend that visitors or groups with special requirements book in advance to visit the exhibition or for a guided tour. To find out more information about how to get the most of their visit please contact us. 

Induction loops are available at the Visitor Exhibition and Tour Reception, The Bobbin Coffee Shop and Gift Shop. Groups can arrange for a signer to assist in the delivery of a private guided tour if required by contacting a member of the team in advance. 

Accessibility 

The guided tour takes place on the first floor of the building, however lift access is available for guests with mobility issues. 

Foreign Visitors to City Hall 

Exhibition Visitors can enjoy the enriched exhibition content with the audio tour available in 8 languages:
  • English, 
  • Irish, 
  • Ulster-Scots, 
  • French, 
  • German, 
  • Spanish, 
  • Mandarin and 
  • Polish. 
The audio tour is not a translation of the written content of the exhibition.
Guided tours All public tours are delivered in English. In order to ensure no disruptions on our public tours we cannot permit any level of translation to take place on these tours.

Private groups can provide a translator to assist in the delivery of a tour with a member of our tour guide team.