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Fashioned in the neo Gothic style, the Guildhall is the city's premier civic centre and one of its most striking landmarks. It was was built in 1887 by ‘The Honourable The Irish Society’ on land reclaimed from the River Foyle at a cost of £19,000 (equivalent to £1.5 million today).
As well as being home to the Council’s chamber and Mayor’s Parlour, the Guildhall is a must see visitor destination where you can be sure of a warm welcome.
The building was named in honour of its connection to the City of London and its guilds and it is the only surviving guildhall still in civic use in Ireland.
While visiting the Guildhall you can see the stunning stained glass windows, an exhibition on the Plantation of Ulster, visit the main hall and organ or enjoy refreshments in the cafe.
The original town hall was built in the 1600s in the Diamond area of the City and was destroyed during the Siege in 1689. Over its 120 year history the Guildhall has been destroyed twice – by fire in 1908 and through bomb attacks in 1972. The building has many significant features and stories to tell.
- 23 stained glass windows. They tell the story of the city and many were gifted by the London Companies.
- The Guildhall Clock was designed as a replica of ‘Big Ben’ in London and was the largest of its kind in Ireland.
- A time capsule buried under the building when the foundation stone was laid in 1887 was recently uncovered. Its contents are in display on the first floor.
- A major £9.5m restoration of the Guildhall was completed in 2013. This included major refurbishment of the building and development of visitor areas and interpretation.
- The original Guildhall organ was installed in the Main Hall in 1891. The organ is the largest in Ulster with the exception of the Mulholland Organ in the Ulster Hall, Belfast.
Open Year Round
Daily 10:00 - 17:30
Guildhall St, Londonderry, Derry BT48 6DQ
T: +0044 (0)28 713 765 10
Closed: during Christmas - check their website for details.
Approx. visit duration: 60 minutes.
Admission is free.
Other Useful Information
Leaflets available in English.
DINING / REFRESHMENTS
Café serving teas, coffees and snacks.
The Guildhall is close to city centre pay car parks.
Partly accessible with accessible toilets.
The Guildhall is close to city centre car parks and is a 5 minute walk from the bus station.The Guildhall Nearby Attractions