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Belfast City Hall
Belfast City Hall

Belfast City Hall

Free admission
Donegall Square N, Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland, BT1 5GS

The Basics

As a focal point in the Belfast landscape, most city sightseeing tours include a stop at City Hall, including round-trip day tours from Dublin. As you stroll the grounds of the Portland stone structure, you’ll see the copper dome, Queen Victoria statue, and controversial Union flag flying from the pediment. You can also book a politics-focused tour to gain deeper insight into the city’s complex past.

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A History of Terror - Belfast City Centre Walking Tour
A History of Terror - Belfast City Centre Walking Tour
$23.57 per adult
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Great guide
Paul Donnelly was an amazing guide, truly committed to reconciliation, very well informe, balanced, and a great story teller. We learned much! Just fabulous. Highly recommended!
JaapTimmer, Aug 2022

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April_P, Aug 2022
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Giants causeway was spectacular and we got to Belfast with enough time to take the last hop-on-hop off tour around the city and listen to a bit of jazz. Would have liked to stay in Belfast a couple more hours and get back later.
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Selin_J, Jul 2022
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Great trip, well organized with a very informative and approachable guide/ driver. Packed in lots of locations in one trip. Good value for my money and time. A wonderful Irish hospitality. Thanks Finn :)
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Eddie, Jul 2022
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Guide was very knowledgeable and impartial about a subject that is still raw to all involved parties. Would definitely recommend trip from a couple who new very little on the troubles.
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Guide was great. Complex...
Marvin_M, Jul 2022
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Guide was great. Complex information presented in an understandable way. Friendly and enjoyable tour.
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Worth it.
Emma_P, Jul 2022
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I thought the whole tour was awesome. Great sites and great guides who kept on schedule and were very punctual.
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A must-do to learn about Belfast recent history!
MariaElena_B, Jul 2022
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It was great to learn more about the history of the city, standing where it all happened. Thanks to James for his wonderful insights and his endless willingness to clarify and re-explain aspects that weren't that clear to a foreigner like me. Note: If you might be interested in it, the visit at the Peace wall is not included in this tour.
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Highly recommend!
Angelique_B, Jul 2022
A History of Terror - Belfast City Centre Walking Tour
This was incredible. Paul, our tour guide, was respectful, unbiased, and well researched. The tour painted an accurate picture of the Troubles, including the politics, the day to day, the feelings, and the lasting impacts. Would highly recommend for anyone who wants to better understand the Belfast of the past and the Belfast of the present.
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Excellent!
Yuka_F, Jul 2022
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Paul was an excellent guide. He was passionate but always impartial to both sides. You can’t see what the city went through on the surface. He will tell you why.
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Great way to see Northern Ireland in a day
Dominic_G, Jul 2022
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There was a lot packed into this trip but it was a great way to see Northern Ireland in a day. We visited the Dark Hedges, Giant's Causway, and Belfast city. The highlight for me was the Giant's Causway. The coach journey, whilst long, was comfortable and our guide Grainne was incredibly knowledgeable.
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A Belfast Must!
Hannah_L, Jul 2022
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We had Steve as our tour guide and he was absolutely fantastic. Loved the tour and hearing an unbiased history of Northern Ireland from such a knowledgeable guide! Would definitely recommend. So interesting to see and hear about significant sites/events of The Troubles.
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Engaging and insightful
deecheeke, Jul 2022
A History of Terror - Belfast City Centre Walking Tour
The tour leader was very knowledgeable and did an amazing job of conveying and explaining the history and details in a completely unbiased fashion that was thought provoking and engaging. The headsets provided made it the best walking tour I have taken as it was so easy to hear what he was saying. The walk was not overly long, but it did not need to be. I share this as some people shy away from walking tours thinking they need to walk 5 or 10 km.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • City Hall is a must for anyone interested in Belfast’s social history.

  • Remember to bring a coat and umbrella during rainy months, as the memorial gardens and lawns are uncovered.

  • The building is accessible for wheelchairs, with adapted toilets, a ramped entrance and exit, and a lift.

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How to Get There

City Hall features on many guided walking tours of Belfast, which can be useful for orienting yourself in the city. Otherwise, Lanyon Place and Great Victoria Street stations are both a short walk from City Hall, and the 6A bus serves Donegall Square directly. Belfast is a typical capital city—lots of traffic—so it’s best to avoid driving because parking can be a challenge.

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When to Get There

Belfast City Hall is open year round, though the building, grounds, gift shop, and exhibition all keep slightly different hours. In summer, you can picnic on the outdoor lawns or simply relax on the freshly kept grass.

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History in Stained Glass

The building’s stained glass windows reveal the history of Belfast and pay homage to important community members. The Belfast Dockers Strike window, located on the northeast corridor of the ground floor, is a particularly powerful installation that demonstrates the power of a united Belfast.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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