Belfast City Hall was built to commemorate the event of Belfast becoming a city, having been granted the status in 1888 by Queen Victoria in recognition of the contributions of Belfast in the industries of linen, rope, tobacco, engineering and shipbuilding. This imposing structure of Portland stone has a copper dome topping out at 173 feet high, as well as a statue of Queen Victoria celebrating her jubilee standing out front.
Many other statues and monuments can be found on the surrounding grounds, including the Thane Memorial for the victims of the Titanic sinking, which was expanded in 2012 to become the Titanic Memorial Garden. The memorial garden contains a nine-meter-long plinth containing bronze plaques with the names of all of the victims and was the first memorial to include the names of all who died, both crew members and passengers. You can also find memorials commemorating the soldiers of the Boer War and Korean War, and another for the American Expeditionary Force, the first American troops to arrive in Europe for World War II in 1942.
Belfast City Hall is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Free, hour-long public tours are offered Monday through Friday at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., as well as on Saturday at 2 and 3 p.m.