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Visitor exhibition

  • City Hall Visitor Exhibition

    The permanent visitor exhibition opened in 2017 and is located on the ground floor east wing of Belfast City Hall.  It offers a self-guided journey from Belfast’s past to present, showing the vibrancy and diversity of the city across six themed zones. View the exhibition themes.

    The exhibition stretches through 16 separate rooms, all presented within the original architecture of City Hall as designed by Alfred Brumwell Thomas in the late 1890s. It is free to visit the exhibition.

  • Belfast City Hall Immersive Experience

    Set in the heart of Belfast City Hall, this exciting new addition to the existing visitor exhibition opening in summer 2024 is a collaborative R&D project between BT and Belfast City Council as part of Belfast 2024.

    It will use cutting-edge digital technology delivered by BT to create an engaging and innovative immersive installation for all ages. 

  • Visitor exhibition booking information

    ​You can book exhibition tickets for up to nine people by email

    For walk-in bookings on the day of your visit, go to City Hall reception and staff will help. Walk-in bookings are subject to availability per session. 

    The Visitor Exhibition is self-guided. You should arrive five minutes before your exhibition booking time and check in at City Hall reception.

  • Group visits

    Groups of 10 people or over can book by email

    Entrance to the exhibition is free for community and school groups. Charges may apply for commercial tour groups.

  • Opening hours

    The City Hall Visitor Exhibition is open daily.

    Days Times
    Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5pm
    Last admission at 4pm
    Saturday and Sunday and bank holidays 10am to 5pm
    Last admission at 4pm

    For opening times during public and bank holidays, go to our Holiday arrangements.

  • Visitors with special requirements

    We recommend that visitors or groups with special requirements email or call 028 9027 0456 before visiting.

    Induction loops

    Induction loops are available at the Visitor Exhibition and Tour Reception, The Bobbin Coffee Shop and Gift Shop. The City Hall exhibition is fully wheelchair accessible on the ground floor of City Hall. 

    Sign Language

    We have sign language videos that give an overview of each room in our exhibition in three languages. These can be downloaded to your device below arrival or downloaded on site.

  • Gift shop

    The gift shop is in the main reception and is open:

    • Monday to Friday, from 9.30am to 4.30pm
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 4.30pm

    You can buy souvenirs including:

    • pens
    • pencils
    • magnets
    • books
    • keyrings
    • toys and 
    • ceramics.

    We only accept contactless and card payments in the gift shop.

  • Exhibition themes

    There are six main themes in our exhibition.

Our themes

Contact City Hall

For more information and advice, get in touch.

028 9027 0456

Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square, Belfast, BT1 5GS,

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