City Hall, Belfast
Belfast City Hall is the focal point of the city and I found it easy to start off there when trying to work out directions to certain places. It dates back to 1906 and is built of Portland stone with a large green dome on top. You will also spot the Belfast Wheel which is right next to it and indeed towers above it. There was major restoration work underway when I visited (May 08) so it was not possible to look inside but it is due to reopen in 2009. The gardens surrounding the building are however open and are nice place to have a quiet sit down and soak up the sun on a Summer’s day.
The building was once described by novelist E.M.Forster as a costly Renaissance pile which shouts “Dublin can’t beat me” from all it’s pediments and domes, but does not say anything else. Seems a bit harsh.
Befast City Hall is one of the most important buildings in Belfast. It was opened in 1906 and built in Classical Renaissance style in Portland stone with an sumptuous interior lavished with three types of Italian marble.
Its crowning features are the 55m high central dome with a whispering gallery and the grand central staircase.
Guided tours are available on a regular basis and admission is free.
Belfast City Hall is the home of Belfast City Council. It is a huge building built with white Portland Stone in a classical Renaissance style. The central dome is 53 metres high. Plans to built a city hall begun after Belfast got its city status in 1888. The building is designed by Alfred Brumwell Thomas and it was completed in 1906.
You can go on free public tours inside the City Hall, and there is a coffee shop and an exhibition area to visit. On the grounds around the buildings there are several statues and there are benches where you can sit down and relax for a while.
Visit the opulent City Hall, built after Belfast became a City in 1888 (outdoing Liverpool in opulence?), finished in 1906, for a free tour.
Monday to Friday at 11am, 2pm and 3pm and Saturday at 2pm and 3pm, no tours on Sundays, bank holidays or public holidays.
We stopped at Donegall Square for about an hour on our tour of Northern Ireland with Irish Day Tours, right next to City Hall. It was a great opportunity to see some of the gorgeous buildings right in the center of Belfast. The City Hall building really stands out. It was built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the Baroque Revival style. The building has towers in each of its corners and a copper dome in the center. Surrounding the building are gardens and walkways with several statues and a Garden of Remembrance and Cenotaph, memorializing those who fought in World War I and II. If you're visiting Belfast, be sure to take some time to visit the City Hall and the gardens. Additionally, the surrounding buildings in Donegall Square are impressive too. The Scottish Provident Building just to the west and Nationwide Building Society to the south of City Hall are beautiful as well. Additionally, Donegall Place, one of the main shopping districts in Belfast is just to the north.
This Renaissance building was opened in 1906 and reflects the power of the British Empire
The Town Hall is undergoing extensive renovation and is only opened to the public in 2009. Until then
you can create a virtual tour and everyone can admire the outside
The central hall is the large marble stairs, the beautifully decorated dome attracts attention to everyone. The town hall received a multitude of decorations of Italian marble, stained glass windows, exuberant plasterwork and impressive paintings
City hall and Donegal square - in the city centre - the gardens of the city hall and the city hall itself are beautiful.
Riverside walk - if its sunny its a great walk along by the river.
Big fish - a big fish piece of art - scultured fish!
High street area - older building in the older part of town.
Crown pub - famous for being old and great decor.
Divis and Falls road - West Belfast-the area of the 'troubles' - lots of murals on walls remind of the past and the way forward for the future.
Ulster museum - pretty good with the usual museumy stuff.
Botanic gardens - great place to chill on a sunny day.
Pubs - live music, good food, good guiness - a great night out.
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Belfast’s compact downtown is centered on the magnificent 1906 City hall. There is an exhibition hall inside and a titanic memorial on the side of the building.