The building houses Belfast City Council and is pretty much the fulcrum of the city, with many arterial roads leading to it. It is a very imposing building, and really stands out in Donegall Square. The gardens are immaculately maintained, and house both a memorial garden to the Titanic disaster and the Cenotaph to Belfast's World War dead.
Inside the building is finished largely in marble, and has many beautiful stained glass windows dedicated to people who had an input into the history of the city hall.
Tours leave from the desk at 11am, 2pm, and 3pm, are free, and take about 40-45 minutes.
Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable about the history of the building (I particularly enjoyed trying on a Councillor's robe and sitting in the Lord Mayor's chair!) and really brought it to life.
You tour all the public areas of the building, and indeed some of the non public areas, and it ends at the east entrance where there is an exhibit composed of anecdotes from Belfast's inhabitants taken from the past fifty years, which deals with the realities of life during the Troubles.
The Lord Mayor himself bumped into our tour group and welcomed us all to Belfast, which was an unexpected surprise!
Don't let the smelly goths at the front entrance (an apparent if unwanted fixture) put you off, Belfast City Hall is well worth a visit!
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