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Guided tours of City Hall

  • Guided tour times

    We offer daily guided tours of City Hall. Tours are free. Our public tours are in English. Tour tickets are available on a first-come, first served basis.

    Our public tour times are shown in the table. 

    Days Times
    Monday to Friday 11am, 2pm and 3pm
    Saturday and Sunday 12 noon, 2pm and 3pm

    Tour times may differ during public holidays.

    To reduce disruption to our public tours and guest enjoyment, we are unable to provide translations during the tour. To enquire about a translation tour, email

    Tour tickets

    You can get free tour tickets at City Hall Reception desk on the day of the tour.

    Group guided tours

    A group of 10 or more people must contact to organise a private tour rather than joining a public tour which has limited places. Visitors must come to City Hall reception 15 minutes before the tour time.


    Public tours are free but donations are welcomed and will be used for the development of our tour service. Donation boxes are located at City Reception areas.

  • Guided tour highlights

    A guided tour of City Hall lasts around one hour. The tour allows you an extraordinary glimpse into areas not usually accessible to the public within the beautiful Baroque Revival building. Ascending the Grand Staircase, an experienced guide will lead you through rooms beginning in the Italian and Greek marble clad Rotunda. They will highlight the John Luke mural and the ‘Whispering gallery’ high up in the central dome.

    Lord Mayors' portraits

    As your guide navigates you through the corridors of City Hall, they will draw your attention to the tradition of hanging a portrait of the former Lord Mayor each year in City Hall. Each painting which is entirely different to its predecessor will come alive as your guide reveals the secrets hidden in their imagery. You can also see one portrait which has become a poignant relic of City Hall’s damage during the Blitz of 1941 hanging unrestored as a quiet memorial to the many citizens who lost their lives.

    Robing Room

    In the ‘Robing Room’ your guide will explain the significance each item of civic regalia on display including the magnificent jewels of the Lady Mayoress of Belfast, worn since 1897 and which are encrusted with diamonds, rubies, opals, turquoise and emeralds.

    Council Chamber

    For many the highlight of the guided tour of City Hall will be your opportunity to sit where the 60 elected members of Belfast’s City Council meet for their monthly council meeting. You can examine fascinating artefacts including the two royal thrones used by George V and Queen Mary during the state opening of the Parliament of Northern Ireland, held in the room in June 1921.

    City Hall rooms

    City Hall hosts over 500 events on an annual basis meaning the function rooms are rarely vacant. When possible, your guide will grant you a glimpse behind the scenes of this busy working public building and into these magnificent rooms. Admire their extraordinary plasterwork, hand carved woodwork and hand woven silk and wool carpets as you pass through these spaces in the footsteps of royalty, presidents and figures of Belfast’s illustrious past.

  • Guided tours for commercial tour operators

    Private tours are available to commercial tour operators at a charge. Tours for commercial tour operators must be booked at least seven days in advance and outside public tour times. Private groups can provide a translator to assist in the delivery of a tour alongside one of our tour guides. To enquire about a translation tour, email

    For information about charges, availability and to book, email

  • Guided tours for community or school groups

    Private tours are available free to school and community groups. A group must have between 10 and 25 people. A private tour must be booked at least seven days in advance and outside public tour times.

    To enquire about availability and to book, email

  • Accessibility on our tours

    Our guided tours are accessible to visitors with disabilities. If you have specific enquiry about the needs of a visitor or group of guests, contact us. 

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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