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Guildhall, Derry

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The Guildhall in Derry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, is a building in which the elected members of Derry City Council meet. It was built in 1890.OverviewThe Guildhall houses a large hall where many events of social and political nature have been held. It has been home to the Feis Doire Colmcille – an event which celebrates Irish culture – and the now-discontinued Londonderry Feis. It was also home to the Saville Inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday 30 January 1972 in Derry.HistoryDerry's original 17th-century Guildhall was located in the Diamond area of the Walled City. Its name reflected the status of Londonderry as being founded by the City & Guilds of London. This building was destroyed by fire in Victorian times and it was decided to turn the site of the former Guildhall into a city square. Work started on the new Guildhall in 1887 and it was opened in July 1890. The new building was originally titled "Victoria Hall", reflecting the wider vogue in the British Empire at that time to name landmarks after the reigning monarch. Other landmarks in the city named for Victoria include Victoria Market, the Queen's Quay and Queen's Street. The name "Victoria Hall" was discovered on foundation stones found during recent restoration works financed by Derry City Council. The reason for retaining the Guildhall name is presently unclear. The City Hall was financed by The Honourable The Irish Society and cost £19,000. It was badly damaged by fire in Easter 1908 with only the clock tower surviving the fire intact. The whole building was re-built and renovated after the fire and re-opened in 1912.
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  • It was not only a great place to escape from the cold on a particularly chilly day, but the displays were very informative, the staff helpful and the building itself very impressive. Well worth spendi...  read more »
  • There is no charge for visiting this lovely building which has some beautiful stained glass windows. The hallway upstairs is grande. Well worth a visit. The Guildhall is virtually opposite the museum....  read more »
  • Great visit to the Guildhall today, beautiful historic building, we were given an unexpected tour by member of staff called Gerry, very informative and friendly, brought the history of Derry/Londonder...  read more »
  • Beautiful building located in the heart of the city. Recently renovated and looks stunning outside and inside. The main hall is a good size and is decorated to perfection. Have been there for different events including seminars, concerts and movie screenings and the hall was a perfect set up for them all.
  • Beautifully restored guildhall, great example of civic architecture. The staircase and main hall are stunning! The Plantation of Ulster exhibition is well worth a look. Helps the visitor to understand some of Derry's/Londonderry's history and struggles. Staff are very helpful. You can pick a number of tours from the main entrance as well. (The Bogside history tour being one of them. It is excellent if you want to learn more about Bloody Sunday and those who were directly affected by it).
  • We had a fantastic time there,really interesting place
  • Wonderful historic building in the centre of the city.
  • Magnificent Victorian town hall - now beautifully restored. Exhibition on history of Derry on ground floor. Big hall upstairs which was preparing for concert when we visited. The (restored) stained glass is wonderful and the whole building is warm & inviting. Look out for the tri-lingual signage - in Gaelic, English and Ulster Scots.
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