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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
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 Wednesday  9.30am - 5pm
Thursday 9.30am - 8pm
Friday 9.30am - 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm 
Public and bank holidays  Subject to change - view holiday arrangements 
Registrar's Office
Monday to Thursday
9.30am - 4.30pm
The registrar's office will close at 12.30pm - 1pm on Thursday 19 October.
Friday 9.30am - 4pm 
Public and bank holidays Subject to change - view holiday arrangements
The Bobbin Coffee Shop
Monday, Wed and Fri
Thursday
Saturday and Sunday
9am - 5pm
9am - 7.30pm
10am - 5pm
City Hall grounds Monday to Sunday
7.30am - 7pm

 

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

Until refurbishments are completed, toilet facilities are only available to visitors using council services, attending functions and events or taking a tour of City Hall.

For directions to nearby public toilets, speak to City Hall security or reception staff or visit our public toilets page.

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.

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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.