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Belfast City Hall is open and available to hire to host functions. Functions can be held in our three function rooms, grounds and cobbled area.
Wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships can be held at Belfast City Hall. It cannot be hired for wedding receptions. You can read more information about wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships. You can also contact our Registrar Team by calling 028 9027 0455.
City Hall offers a variety of unique facilities that can accommodate your function including:
City Hall has three functions rooms. You can book rooms for specific events through an application process.
There are criteria for reviewing and approving events:
Fundraising events are not allowed through this booking process. These functions aren't allowed:
You should contact us to discuss your event. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 028 9027 0281 before completing a booking form.
To use one of our function rooms, you must complete a booking form. You can contact us by email: email@example.com or call 028 9027 0281 to ask for the function booking form.
You may type or write your answers. If you fill in the form by hand, please write your answers in capital letters using black ink. Remember to sign and date the form before returning it. You should keep a copy of the booking form for your own records.
Once we receive a completed form, this is reviewed and presented for approval at the monthly Strategic Policy and Resources Committee (link opens in new window) and ratified at the monthly council meeting. You should allow at least eight weeks before your proposed event.
Closing dates for application forms are listed in this table.
|Application form closing date||Committee meeting|
|Friday 9 June||Friday 23 June|
|Friday 4 August||Friday 18 August|
|Friday 8 September||Friday 22 September|
|Friday 6 October||Friday 20 October|
|Friday 10 November||Friday 24 November|
|Friday 1 November||Friday 15 December|
Envisaged by the architect as the first room you would enter receiving your first glass of champagne on the night of the ball – the Reception Room is the most intimate of all the function areas at City Hall. Used today for a variety of events of a smaller nature, the walls are adorned with prominent men of the City’s past and its central display is a variety of gifts given to previous lord mayors from ethic and religious communities living in Belfast.
|Round dinner||80 (8 tables)|
This middle sized function room was designed for banquets as the room’s name would suggest but today it can be used for a variety of events from public lecture to exhibition. Large portraits adorn the walls of former Lord Mayors of Belfast including Sir Edward Harland the famous ship builder and Viscount Pirrie who commissioned titanic and during construction of City Hall as Lord Mayor choose many of the finishes you see today. A large portrait can also be seen of his wife Margaret, the first Lady Mayoress to wear the stunning jewels which are still in our collection today.
|Round dinner||150 (15 tables)|
City Hall’s largest function room is the principal ballroom. This room was completely destroyed during the Belfast Blitz of 1941 but restored to its original design and former glory in 1951/52. The seven glorious stained glass windows that light the room are the originals as they had been removed previous to World War II. From Royal banquets to community events, the room has played host to every conceivable type of event over City Hall’s long history.
|Round dinner||400 (40 tables)|
Watch this video for information about the three functions rooms within Belfast City Hall. Details include room capacity for standing receptions, theatre style and round tables, as well as access information.
The video is five minutes and 21 seconds long.
The beautiful grounds surrounding City Hall are primarily a green pedestrian space for local residents and visitors to the City Centre. The large west and east lawns and cobbled paths outside City Hall can also host non-commercial activities. To discuss a proposed activity and receive an application form, contact our Function Management team by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department for Infrastructure own the cobbled area in front of City Hall gates. We manage this area on their behalf. It can be used to host various non-commercial activities. To discuss holding a proposed activity on this cobbled area, contact our Function Management team by email email@example.com
For more information and advice, get in touch.
Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square, Belfast, BT1 5GS,