Guildhall, Derry

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The Guildhall in Derry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, is a building in which the elected members of Derry and Strabane District 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.It is known as Halla na Cathrach in Irish and tha Guelders Haw in Ulster-Scots.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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  • So helpful. Friendly, informative. Would specially praise gentleman on tourist desk who went out of his way to help with train and bus info. Lovely building too!  more »
  • We took a group of friends from Derry, Donegal and Belfast to visit the Guildhall recently. Everyone of us thoroughly enjoyed it. Gerry who lead the tour was so knowledgeable, engaging and friendly. W...  more »
  • The "Plantation of Ulster" exhibition made me deeply uncomfortable, with the injustices of the past glossed over and minimised, and its economic effects spoken about glowingly. This was underlined in ...  more »
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  • A lot of history but verry intresting, a fantastic building a must see, free entrance and staf are great.
  • must go, they have a exhibition from time to time, and on the second floor u can try the costume to take a picture for free
  • Beautifully maintained large guild building. When we were there a farmers market was going on out front, and they were blaring music over the loudspeakers. The stained glass windows are worth a close look, and the historical exhibits inside are free and give a good context for the turmoil that has plagued the history of the city.
  • A must visit on any trip to Derry/Londonderry - really worth the time, a lot of history here. Loads of events that are on in the city pass or centre in this area as well.
  • 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.

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Derry, or Londonderry, town center is a lively place to stay. Although the town itself suffered during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the center stayed safe and has thrived. Consider an inn in the town center, perhaps a building painted with one of the well-known murals. less expensive hotels are available just outside the town's central area, close enough to the main attractions for convenient access.
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