BBC Broadcasting House Belfast

BBC Northern Ireland
Broadcasting House
Ormeau Avenue
Belfast BT2 8HQ
Website: BBC Northern Ireland

We're sorry, but we're not able to offer any tours of BBC Broadcasting House at the moment due to the refurbishment of some key areas the tour visits. 

Broadcasting House is the BBC’s main production centre in Northern Ireland. Its work reflects every aspect of cultural and community life - across radio, television and online.

Broadcasting House tours provide visitors with the opportunity to find out more about local BBC services and to meet (and chat with) our staff and programme-making teams.

Our regular daytime tours include an exhibition on the history of BBC Northern Ireland and the chance to step inside some of our radio and television studios. We try to include as many different work areas as possible (news, music and television continuity) and make every effort to match tours to people’s interests.

Each Broadcasting House tour is unique - reflecting the busy and always changing nature of broadcasting. All of them include lots of variety and lively conversation about what the BBC does. And we are always interested in hearing visitors’ thoughts on the services that we provide and what we should do more/less of in the future.

Broadcasting House tours are free of charge and operate throughout the year. Tours generally take place at 12 noon on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and last approximately 70 minutes. We also offer an evening tour on the second Tuesday of each month.

Most tours include no more than 15 people.

**BBC Tours Security Checks**

Please arrive 15 minutes earlier than your tour time, to allow for all security checks to take place before the tour starts.

Please remember that large bags, rucksacks and shopping bags are not allowed on the tour. We do not have cloakroom facilities, so please do not bring these bags with you. Please check our Terms and Conditions for what we allow you to bring.

We hope you understand the need for these extra checks and we look forward to seeing you soon.

 

 

Brilliant experience, all catered for. Great to see behind and all the going-ons.

Concession (aged 60 and over)

Children (under 18 years)

Babies and children under 7 years old can't be admitted as the tour is not appropriate for children of this age group.

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Booking Information

Pre-booking is essential.

Tickets are available until two weeks before your intended visit.

Tours take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 12noon; and in the evening on the second Tuesday of every month.

Group sizes are generally limited to 15 per tour.

Please let us know of any particular areas of interest, and any access or communication requirements, when making your booking.

For individual and group bookings of fewer than 15 people, please book online using the 'Book now' button (above).

Venue

BBC Northern Ireland Broadcasting House

Getting There

BBC Northern Ireland, Broadcasting House, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast BT2 8HQ

BBC Broadcasting House, Belfast is located at the corner of Ormeau Avenue and Bedford Street. It is a short distance from the rear of Belfast City Hall and can be accessed by walking directly along Bedford Street. The Ulster Hall sits at a mid-point between the City Hall and Broadcasting House.

The BBC's distinctive sign is visible from the end of the street and is a useful guide to the building's exact location. Public admittance to Broadcasting House is through the main entrance on Ormeau Avenue. All tours start promptly from the reception area where you will be greeted by a tour guide.

Please arrive 5 to 10 minutes before your tour's published start time to allow for the completion of registration and routine security checks.

Children

All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Disabled Visitor Access

The tour is accessible to wheelchair users. Guide dogs are welcome. Please tell us in advance if anyone in your party has mobility or access requirements by calling our booking line.

Parking

There are no public car parking facilities within the Broadcasting House complex. On street parking is available around the building as well as pay and display car parks nearby.

Coaches

There is no coach parking in the immediate vicinity.

Duration

The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. The tour is highly interactive, with plenty of opportunities for questions and discussion. It involves visits to different parts of Broadcasting House – reflecting the diversity of the BBC's work for local and network audiences. Lift access is available for those requiring it.

Group Booking

For group bookings of more than 15 people and bookings for wheelchair users, or people who have any other disability-related needs, please call our group bookings and access requirements line on 0370 901 1227* (+44 1732 42 7770 from outside the UK; textphone for hearing-impaired callers 03700 100 212*) so that we can discuss any specific requirements. Please note it is not possible to make a booking for fewer than 15 people over the phone – please book online. 

Important Security Information

Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of your tour to allow for all security checks to take place before the tour starts.   Guests will be subject to a person and bag search.  Please only bring essential items and keep belongings to a minimum. 

The following items are permitted on the tour

Small bags including handbags (under 40cm x 35cm x 19cm - approximately the size of an A3 sheet of paper)
Prohibited Items

No Backpacks
No Large bags including shopping bags (over 40cm x 35cm x 19cm - approximately the size of an A3 sheet of paper)
No Suitcases
No item where the contents cannot be verified on search such as wrapped presents/gifts
Please note there are no temporary storage facilities for non-permitted bags, it will be left to the guest to find a safe temporary storage facility.

*Standard geographic charges apply and calls may be included in your telecoms provider's call package. Calls from mobiles may be higher. Calls may be recorded for training.

Reviews
  • It was actually seeing the delighted look on my son's face.  He is autistic and has been fascinated with the BBC since he was young enough to understand what a television was!
  • The students enjoyed seeing the TV studio and gallery and meeting Hugo Duncan!
  • Excellent tour, would love to do it again.