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Visitor exhibition

An exciting new visitor exhibition in Belfast City Hall will open to the public on 16 May 2017. 

The City Hall’s east wing on the ground floor has been completely renovated to facilitate the new tourist attraction, which will have its own dedicated reception area.

It offers a journey from the city’s past to present, showing the vibrancy and diversity of Belfast City Hall across six themed zones:

  • The City, Growth and Governance
  • The City at Work and Play
  • City Speech and City Streets
  • The City Commemorates
  • The Reflection Space and 
  • The City Celebrates

The exhibition stretches over 16 separate rooms, all presented within the original architecture of City Hall as designed by Alfred Brumwell Thomas in the late 1890s. 

After exploring the various rooms, you can pause for thought in the dedicated reflection space or take time out for lunch or refreshments in our refurbished coffee shop, The Bobbin.

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 just £1. 

Opening hours

Day  Times 
Monday - Wednesday  9.30am - 5pm 
Thursday  9.30am - 8pm 
Friday 9.30am - 5pm 
Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm 


To add to your ‘City Hall experience’ you will still be able to book a free guided tour of Belfast City Hall. Led by an experienced guide, our tours last around an hour covering the history of the building and its finest features including artworks and artefacts and the opulent Council Chamber. 

In the run up to the new exhibition opening a number of our services at City Hall may be affected though we hope this disruption to be minimal. Below you can find more information.

 Disruption to services until 16 May 2017

Events and functions

Attendees can enter and exit City Hall through the front door on Donegall Square North or the courtyard entrance on Donegall Square South.

The main passenger lift will be out of use for January and February 2017. If any attendees need lift access during this time, contact our Civic HQ staff to discuss your requirements.

Bobbin Coffee Shop

The Bobbin will reopen from 24 April 2017 with limited trading hours until the new visitor exhibition opens.
  • Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm
  • Saturday, 10am - 5pm
  • Sundays, closed. 

There will be no disabled access to the Bobbin until 16 May 2017. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Accessible and child-friendly toilets are situated near the main reception desk. You can access other toilet facilities by stairs.

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.


Contact us
Civic HQ