Belfast City Hall
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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.
BELFAST CITY HALL AND TITANIC
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.
Public tours led by an experienced guide are available. Visitors simply sign in at the Main Reception, shortly before the tour. The guided tour is FREE and lasts approximately 45 minutes. Visitors will see some of the building's finest features and see various rooms including the Council Chamber, Robing Room, Reception Hall, Banqueting Hall and The Great Hall.
Winter Season Tour Times:
Monday - Friday
11am, 2pm, 3pm
Saturday and Sunday
12noon, 2pm, 3pm
There are currently no tours on bank holidays or public holidays.
Private group tours are also 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new £1.3m permanent exhibition opened in May 2017 at Belfast City Hall at Belfast City Hall – 16 separate rooms refurbished and re-tasked to tell the stories of City Hall, Lord Mayors, people of Belfast, industries, gallery of reflection etc
The exhibition is open 7 days a week and is free but for £3.50 you can hire headphones. It states that bookings should be made in advance and are available every 15 minutes.