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Visitor information

  • Belfast City Hall

    Belfast City Hall is Belfast City Council's civic building. It is in Donegall Square, in the heart of Belfast city centre. It first opened its doors on 1 August 1906.

    The grounds at Belfast City Hall have memorials to the history, people and events associated with the city. They are comprised of two lawns, the Titanic Memorial Garden, The Cenotaph and Garden of Remembrance.

  • Opening hours

    Facility Day Time

    City Hall building

    Access to City Hall for Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships, the Visitor Exhibition and The Bobbin is at the rear entrance until early January 2022 to minimise traffic during the Christmas Market.

    Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5pm
    Saturday and Sunday Closed

    City Hall grounds

    City Hall grounds are closed from 15 November 2021 until 15 January 2022 due to the Christmas Market.

    Winter (1 October - 31 May) 7am - 7pm
    Summer (1 May - 30 September) 7am - 9pm

    Registrar's Office

    Access is by the rear entrance on Donegall Square South.

    Monday to Thursday 9.30am - 4.15pm
    Friday 9.30am - 3.45pm


    Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

    Changing Places facility 

    (Saturday 20 November until Thursday 23 December)

    Monday to Wednesday

    10am - 8pm
    Thursday to Saturday  10am - 10pm
    Sunday 12 noon to 6pm
  • Location

    Belfast City Hall
    Donegall Square
    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 Lanyon Place Station and Great Victoria Street Station are both within walking distance to City Hall.

    By bus

    Translink operate transport services to Belfast City Centre. For up-to-date information on timetables please visit

    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

    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

  • Toilets and Changing Places facility

    Belfast City Hall has public toilets located on the ground floor in the east of the building. They include a Parent room and a fully accessible toilet. In line with COVID guidance track and trace information will be required to use these services.

    City Hall has a Changing Places facility. The facility is available to the public. It's open from 9am until 5pm, Monday to Friday. For access, you should ask security staff at the back gate of City Hall.

    During the Christmas market (Saturday 20 November - Thursday 23 December) you can access the Changing Places facility at these times:

    • Monday to Wednesday from 10am to 8pm
    • Thursday to Saturday from 10am to 10pm
    • Sunday from 12 noon to 6pm


    To access the Changing Places facility during the Christmas market, you should call our control room on 028 9027 0275 and ask to use the facility. We will take a note of your name and mobile number for contact tracing purposes. One of our security staff will then open the front doors of City Hall to allow access to the Changing Places facility. For security purposes they will ask you to confirm your name.

    Equipment in the Changing Places facility includes:

    • height-adjustable adult sized changing bench 
    • hoist 
    • centrally placed toilet with space either side 
    • accessible shower 
    • non-slip floor 
    • privacy screen

    View other Changing Places facilities in Belfast

  • Accessibility

    There are disabled parking bays within the central courtyard for those attending an event or meeting in City Hall. You need to book spaces prior to the event. You can do this by speaking to the event or meeting organiser who can make the necessary arrangements with City Hall staff. Event organisers will be briefed on accessible parking when booking an event.

    • The reception desk located on the main marble has lowered counters.
    • There is lift access to all floors.
    • A limited number of wheelchairs and scooters can be borrowed during your visit. You can speak with reception staff to access these.
    • Guide dogs are welcome on site.
    • We are a breast feeding friendly venue.
    • Accessible toilets are available on all floors of the building. All accessible toilets have emergency alarms and communication points which go back to a 24hr manned security room.
    • Hearing loops are positioned in reception and all functions rooms. Portable hearing loops can be accessed at reception. The audio headsets that can be bought for the exhibition also are compatible with hearing aids.
  • Guided Tours and Visitor Exhibition

    Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) we are not operating guided tours of City Hall.

    The Visitor Exhibition is open from 9.30am until 5pm, from Monday to Friday. The exhibition is free but you must book a ticket. For booking information, go to Visitor exhibition booking.

Contact us

For more information and advice, get in touch.

028 9032 0202

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

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