The site now occupied by Belfast City Hall was once the home of the White Linen Hall, an important international Linen Exchange. Plans for the City Hall began in 1888 when Belfast was awarded city status by Queen Victoria. This was in recognition of Belfast's rapid expansion and thriving linen, rope-making, shipbuilding and engineering industries.

Construction began in 1898 under the supervision of architect Sir Alfred Brumwell Thomas and was completed in 1906. Belfast Corporation, now the council, its their profits from the gas industry to pay for the construction of the Belfast City Hall.

The exterior is built mainly from Portland stone and is in the Baroque Revival style. It covers an area of one and a half acres and has an enclosed courtyard. Featuring towers at each of the four corners, with a lantern-crowned 53 m copper dome in the centre, the City Hall dominates the city centre skyline. As with other Victorian buildings in the city centre, the City Hall's copper-coated domes are a distinctive green.

The Titanic Memorial in Belfast is located on the grounds of Belfast City Hall.

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Founded: 1898
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in United Kingdom

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Majella Browne (43 days ago)
Beautiful, unfortunately it was closed, however the garden well used with lots of people relaxing and enjoying the sunshine.
brendan rogan (43 days ago)
Nice relaxing spot among the hustle and bustle
Perry Palmer (46 days ago)
Great place for the kids to explore and learn things they wouldn't be taught in school. Great views on higher up floors!
Penny M (50 days ago)
Beautiful
Karen Mckenzie (53 days ago)
Love the city hall
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