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City Hall exhibition

Our new permanent visitor exhibition is now open. 

The City Hall’s east wing on the ground floor has been completely renovated to facilitate the new tourist attraction, which has 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. 

How to book

You can book in person at the new visitor exhibition and reception desk in City Hall, call us on 028 9027 0456 or email visitcityhall@belfastcity.gov.uk

Visitor exhibition time slots are offered every 15 minutes and maximum of 30 people on each slot.

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. 

Download our app

The app is free to download from the Apple App Store and the Google Play store. It includes a rich and engaging audio tour that guides each visitor through the exhibition and all of its displays. 

Icons for the Apple App store and Google Play store

Group tours

Visitor exhibition bookings for commercial tour operators

Visitor exhibition bookings are offered to commercial tour operators at a charge. For information about charges, availability and to make a booking, please email or phone a member of our team. All visits for commercial tour operators must be booked seven days in advance into the reserved time slots.

Visitor exhibition bookings for community, church and school groups

Visitor exhibition bookings are offered for these groups free of charge. Groups must have between 10 and 30 people. Entrance to the exhibition is free of charge, however standard charges apply for hire of headset and souvenir guide.

For information about charges, availability and to make a booking, please email or phone a member of our team. All visits for commercial tour operators must be booked seven days in advance into the reserved time slots. 



Contact us
028 9027 0456
City Hall,
Donegall Square,
Belfast,
BT1 5GS