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Belfast City Hall

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Donegall Square, Belfast, County Antrim,
Mrs Aisling Milliken
T: (028) 9032 0202
F: (028) 9050 2094
E: civicbuildings@belfastcity.gov.uk

The City Hall has often been described as the 'stone' Titanic.

Iconic Belfast City Hall was officially reopened on 12th October 2009 following its £11m, two-year refurbishment programme. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton performed a ribbon cutting ceremony and unveilled a plaque to mark the reopening.As part of the refurbishment, a new coffee shop and exhibition area have been added.

The home of Belfast City Council, it was designed by Alfred Brumwell Thomas and built in Portland stone. Today, the grounds of City Hall are a favourite of city centre workers, students and tourists for taking a break from the bustling city.


The City Hall's connections with the Titanic are many. In fact the Lord Mayor at the time of its opening, Sir Daniel Dixon, credited William Pirrie, the man who created Titanic, as having ‘the big ideas’ for City Hall. Pirrie, Lord Mayor in 1896/7, is said to have referred to it as 'the stone Titanic'. In its grounds, the Titanic Memorial, sculpted by Thomas Brock, pays tribute to 22 men who lost their lives on the ship. Another statue by Brock depicts Sir Edward Harland, ship’s plan in hand, who was Lord Mayor in 1885/6.

Thanks to Pirrie’s influence, the Lord Mayor’s Suite is also known as ‘the Titanic Rooms’, as craftsmen who worked on them went on to work on the famous liner. Portraits of Lord and Lady Pirrie hang in the Reception Room.

Free public tours led by an experienced guide are available, lasting around one hour it uncovers the history of City Hall, while exploring some of City Hall's finest features.

Tours are available at the following times:
Monday to Friday - 11:00am, 14:00 and 15:00.
Saturday - 14:00 and 15:00.
There are no tours on Sundays, bank holidays or public holidays.

Private group tours are available. They must be booked in advance and outside of public tour times. To book call us on (028) 9027 0456 (textphone - (028) 9027 0405) or email civicbuildings@belfastcity.gov.uk