Belfast City Hall Tours

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The neo-Baroque Belfast City Hall is home to a memorial garden and visitor exhibition that provide insight into the city’s history. Built to commemorate Belfast’s new city status in the late 1800s, the building survived the Belfast Blitz, and was at the center of the 2013 dispute regarding its continued use of the Union flag.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Location
Address: Donegall Square N, Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland BT1 5GS, Northern Ireland
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Belfast Troubles Historical Walking Tour

Since the official end of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, Belfast has flourished, though the impact of the 30-year conflict is still keenly felt by those who live there. On this walking tour, you'll visit locations where key events took place and get an insider perspective on the conflict, its lingering effects, and Northern Ireland’s path to peace.
  • Duration: 120 to 150 minutes
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  • Duration: 120 to 150 minutes
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Belfast Luxury Shore Excursion: Giant's Causeway and Belfast Day Trip

See the Giant’s Causeway and best of Belfast on a full-day shore excursion. When your cruise ship docks, board an air-conditioned minivan and take a scenic drive along Antrim’s Causeway Coast. Experience the hexagonal basalt rocks of the Giant’s Causeway and visit the Causeway Visitor Centre (own expense), admire clifftop Dunluce Castle, and enjoy a panoramic tour of Belfast, with free time to shop, stroll, and sightsee. Port pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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US$137.05
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Sightseeing Running Tour of Belfast

Join me for a guided sightseeing running tour of Belfast. Why walk it when you can run it?This is an approx. 6.5 km / 4 mile run that takes in major sights of the city and you get to hear about Belfast's interesting past. I will take you to see the city's historic buildings like City Hall and St. Anne's Cathedral. You will get to admire Belfast's latest street art, jog through the famous Cathedral Quarter and maybe even kiss the Salmon of Knowledge.There will be time for stories and to take photos before we sit down at the end for a drink at a local café, where you can ask me some more details about Belfast and what to do.This tour is suitable for all abilities, from novice runners upwards. We will run at a casual pace suitable for the whole group. The actual run usually takes around 1 hour 10 minutes, but this is dependent on the group's pace and how many selfies you all want to take.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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