Sometimes a bad jiggle of the arm when taking a photograph can create something unexpected. Belfast City Hall in all its classical style grandeur and copious use of marble represents the city’s boom time at the beginning of the 20th century when its dockyards were turning out massive ships, including the doomed Titanic. The good times would not last.
As such, the building stands out in a city filled with crumbling brick buildings in its core and drab apartment towers that line the main motorway. Belfast is not a stereotypically pretty city but it is interesting.
Tours of Belfast City Hall are available for free from Monday to Saturday in the late morning and afternoon. But to be honest, if you’re only in Belfast for a short period of time, it’s far more interesting to visit the murals along the Falls and Shankill roads, tip back a pint in one of the city’s fine old-fashioned pubs, or visit the newly opened Titanic Belfast museum.∗
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