Opened in 1906 Belfast City Hall is a listed building and home to the city council.

Belfast City Hall is the civic building of Belfast City Council. It faces North and effectively divides the commercial and business areas of the city centre. It is a Grade A listed building. The site now occupied by Belfast City Hall was once the home of the White Linen Hall, an important international Linen Exchange. The street that runs from the back door of Belfast City Hall through the middle of Linen Quarter is Linen Hall Street. Plans for the City Hall began in 1888 when Belfast was awarded city status by Queen Victoria. This was in recognition of Belfast’s rapid expansion and thriving linen, rope-making, shipbuilding and engineering industries. During this period Belfast briefly overtook Dublin as the most populous city in Ireland. Belfast Corporation used their profits from the gas industry to pay for the construction of the Belfast City Hall.

The building, which was designed by Sir Alfred Brumwell Thomas in the Baroque Revival style, was built in Portland Stone at a cost of £369,000 and opened on 1 August 1906. Local firms H&J Martin and WH Stephens were among the companies involved in the design and construction. The city hall in Durban, South Africa is almost an exact replica of Belfast’s City Hall. It was built in 1910 and designed by Stanley G. Hudson, who was inspired by the Belfast design. The Port of Liverpool Building, designed by Sir Arnold Thornely and completed in 1913, is another very close relative.

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  • Booking system allows a capacity of 15 people every 15 minutes.
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  • Free tours.
  • Titanic memorial garden.
  • Belfast city hall visitor exhibition.
  • Lighting display at night.
  • Coffee shop.


Donegall Square, Belfast, Antrim. BT1 5GS

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