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The Guildhall

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Guildhall Square, Derry~Londonderry, County Londonderry,
T: (028) 7137 6510
E: guildhall.reception@derrycity.gov.uk

Located in the heart of the city, but just outside the walls, it dates from 1887.

The Guildhall is a beautiful building and is well worth taking time to see. It is located in the heart of the city, just outside the city walls and close to the Peace Bridge.

Fashioned in neo-gothic style, the Guildhall is one of the most striking buildings in the North West and was originally built in 1887 by The Honourable The Irish Society. The red sandstone building is of neo-gothic architecture, with Tudor overtones. The Guildhall contains stunning examples of stained glass windows and visitors will be intrigued by its unique history and appeal. The staircase, main hall organ and corridors give a fascinating insight into this distinctive building.


A major £9.5m restoration of the Guildhall was completed in June 2013. The building which had been closed since 2012 to accommodate the restoration is now open again to the public and whilst retaining its civic function it now also boasts a new multifaceted tourism experience providing a central hub for visitors exploring the city. The huge undertaken which began in 2011 included external restoration works to the stonework, roof, windows, stained glass and the clock. During the second phase of the project work was carried out on the internal restructure to to offer the following facilities:

- An interactive Tourist Information Point
- A new dedicated exhibition exploring how the Plantation has shaped our history
- Cultural spaces and a new cafe area
- Interpretation panels throughout the building to bring its many special features to life

For further information, visit www.derrycity.gov.uk/Guildhall