When In Belfast, See City Hall

Built mainly from Portland stone in Baroque Revival style, Belfast City Hall dominates the city center skyline. The design of the building is reminiscent of London's Old Bailey.

Crystal Symphony recently called on Belfast. One of the key attractions in the capital of Northern Ireland is the Belfast City Hall, situated in the city center.

Free tours are offered daily, except Sundays.

Free guided tours are offered daily, except Sundays. Monday through Friday the 45-minute to one-hour tours are offered at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. On Saturdays, tours are offered at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. If you plan to join a tour, show up in the City Hall reception area 15 minutes in advance.

Plans for the City Hall began in 1888 when Queen Victoria awarded Belfast city status. The original proclamation can be seen in the reception area. City status was in recognition of Belfast’s expansion and thriving industries, including ship-building (Titanic was constructed here) and linen.

Construction of the city hall began in 1898 under the supervision of architect Sir Alfred Brumwell Thomas and was completed in 1906. Durban, South Africa’s City Hall is almost an exact replica of Belfast’s City Hall.

The Famine Window commemorates the plight of Belfast citizens who died of cholera and typhus between 1846 and 1848.
Touring the interior rooms
A chest originally built for Titanic, which was constructed and launched in Belfast 10 days before its fateful voyage. The ship was built in Harland and Wolff's shipyard located in the east of the city.
The City Hall features four towers built on each of its corners.

Belfast City Hall was officially reopened on October 12, 2009, following a two-year refurbishment. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton performed a ribbon cutting ceremony and unveilled a plaque to mark the reopening.

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