Guildhall
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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About
A warm welcome awaits you in the Guildhall, the heart of the city, which stands overlooking the Peace Bridge and Derry Walls. Find yourself in a world where the grandeur of the Victorian era meets the vibrancy of the 21st Century. Take a trip through the Plantation of Ulster Exhibition and learn about the colonization of Ulster during the reign of King James I and the building of our famous city walls. The Main Hall hosts everything from concerts to craft fairs, as well as weddings and functions with the century old organ as a stunning backdrop and various lighting options available on request. Throughout the Guildhall is an array of stunning stained glass windows capturing historic events in the City and iconic landmarks. The Guildhall Clock is a replica of London’s Big Ben and can be heard across the city and beyond the River Foyle. The Mayor’s Parlour and Council Chamber are housed in the Guildhall playing host to civic events, special commemorations and monthly committee meetings
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  • Una R
    Cushendall, United Kingdom44 contributions
    John Hume's Peace Awards
    When we arrived at the Guildhall there was an Exhibition on the Planation of Ireland on the ground floor. While we were there, we could hear the organ being played upstairs and were lucky to catch a glimpse of a small wedding party who had come to get their photos taken. We also had a pleasure of seeing the collection of awards that John Hume's wife had donated to the Guildhall, after his death. These were received for his continuous efforts in putting together the Peace Progress. Well worth a visit
    Hi many thanks for your review, hope you visit again
    Written February 22, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 6, 2023
  • LauraDaveJames
    Solihull, United Kingdom4,138 contributions
    Very Interesting
    The Guildhall is a functional civic building, but there are exhibitions which are open to the public free of charge. It is a very attractive historic building and we were made to feel very welcome by the receptionist. There is a very good and comprehensive exhibition on the ground floor, which explains the history of communities that were formed as plantations. On the first floor, there is also a short film about Bloody Sunday.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 14, 2023
  • BundyClub
    Bundanoon, Australia541 contributions
    See the Stained Glass Windows
    The Guild Hall really stands out in Derry. There is an exhibition about Derry and the guild hall on the ground floor which is interesting. You can go upstairs to seethe hall and the highlight of the magnificent stained glass windows. There is a lift to go up to the hall and there are good toilet facilities here. The attendant at the front door was welcoming and advised where to go and what to see. Entry was free.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 17, 2023
  • BobSki-UK
    Claygate, United Kingdom617 contributions
    I think I was expecting more . . .
    Whilst there was absolutely nothing wrong with the Guildhall, having read about it beforehand, I was a little disappointed with this as an attraction. All the staff I spoke to their informative and helpful. The stain glass windows at one end were quite spectacular.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 20, 2023
  • Alan W
    561 contributions
    Great historical site to visit.
    History is very well presented to visitors. The exhibition materials were very informative. Lots of artifacts to view. I was particularly struck by the contents of the glass time capsule. The stain glass windows were very descriptive,not the originals but still impressive. John Humes display of his peace awards was great to see. Well worth a visit. Entrance is free.
    We are glad you enjoyed the visit and the displays that we have
    Written June 14, 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 22, 2023
  • retireeVancouver
    Vancouver, Canada1,809 contributions
    Detailed information about the English Plantation - ie colonization - of Derry
    The information about the English Plantation in the 1600's is on 1 room on the main floor as you walk into the building. I liked the detailed information on the large print poster boards about how the English went about colonizing Derry with English settlers and dividing up the land taken from local Irish chieftains. It was also interesting to read about how the city came to be called Londonderry by its "brokers" and why the Irish call the city Derry. The room in which this display is kept has interesting architectural features such as ornate plaster work on the ceiling and stained glass windows showing historical events. This display is free and needs about 30 minutes of one's time. This information complements the information on Londonderry's history in the Tower Museum. I enjoyed both of these visits.
    Hi thanks for the review and we are glad that you have enjoyed the visit and found it interesting.
    Written July 6, 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Written June 20, 2023
  • VivG100
    Dublin, Ireland218 contributions
    Enjoyably Interesting
    This beautiful and historic building is a must for every visitor to Derry. Its architecture and stained glass windows are so magnificent, and within, its exhibitions are so interesting, not least the John Hume collection of Peace Medals on permanent loan from his family. Staff at The Guild Hall must be strongly commended, their friendliness, knowledge, and enthusiasm was most appreciated so, a special Thanks to Nicola, Ray & Chris who went above and beyond to make our visit memorable.
    Hi many thanks for the review we are glad you have enjoyed your visit. We will let the members of staff know of the thanks you have given them.
    Written July 6, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 21, 2023
  • tedkirby
    Lexington, Massachusetts597 contributions
    Nice building, informative
    This building is very beautiful. There was a lot of information about John Hume and the roll he played in the Good Friday Agreements. Also information about Bloody Sunday and the inquiries. The inside of the building is quite pretty overall, especially the big rooms. The building looks out onto a courtyard, with the city walls behind it. Just very pretty overall.
    Thank you for you review we are glad that you have enjoyed the experience of visiting the Guildhall.
    Written July 6, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 27, 2023
  • MrsWYN-R
    North Yorkshire, United Kingdom2,999 contributions
    Worth a Visit - Gorgeous Building
    We were brought to the Guildhall as part of a day trip. A stunning architectural building found across the road from the Peace Bridge and the river. Very elegant inside with beautiful stained glass windows. Staff very welcoming, helpful and pleasant considering we were quite a large group. An exhibition was on show downstairs in one of the large rooms. Free entry, worth a visit.
    Hi many thanks for the review, glad you enjoyed your visit.
    Written July 6, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Steve_Grant1
    Oldham, United Kingdom1,592 contributions
    Nice historic building
    This is a nice historic building just off the city walls. Make sure to visit upstairs as well as the ground floor. There is a pleasant square outside with a water feature which kids love on a. Hot day, there is also a couple of bars / coffee shops to sit and watch the wo4ld go by.
    Thanks for the review Steve glad you enjoyed your visit to the Guildhall
    Written September 5, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 14, 2023
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Robert B
Newtownabbey, UK78 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Visited Derry~Londonderry for the first time and the Guildhall was the first tourist attraction we visited, the building is beautiful with a nice exhibit on the history of the city. We also got to see John Humes Nobel peace price! The staff where so helpful, gave us great advise on where to visit.
Written November 12, 2023
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Kathy T
Alamo, CA144 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
This exhibit was very informative and was a good quick stop over on our way through Ireland. Would highly recommend checking it out
Written October 24, 2023
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Hi Kathy many thanks for your review we're glad you enjoyed your visit
Written November 6, 2023
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KarenM1_10
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan1,084 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
We were visiting Derry for the day and started our walking tour from the Guildhall. The Guildhall is very impressive on the outside with a very nice clock tower. We all thought it was once a Cathedral, but our guide quickly told us that it was not and gave us a history of the building’s turbulent past. Members of the city and district councils meet here and there is not much going on here of interest for tourists. When we visited, they had an art exhibit. Make sure you do visit the Main Hall, which has beautiful woodwork along with a pipe organ that extends the length of one of the walls and has over 3,000 pipes. The organ lights up in different colors and is very beautiful.
Written October 5, 2023
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Hi Karen thanks for your review we're glad you enjoyed your visit
Written November 6, 2023
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Shirley M
Dundee, UK6 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Absolutely beautiful building both inside and outside. Very informative about the plantation of Derry.
Amazingly friendly staff.
Written October 4, 2023
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Hi many thanks for the visit and the review we hope you visit again soon
Written November 6, 2023
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roy v
Traralgon, Australia4,794 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Today we visited the beautiful Guildhall.
What a stunning building, such glorious windows, such vibrant colours.
There is a lot to see in the hall and there are good toilets facilities to use .
Very important when you are travelling and new to the area .
Great building, lovely architecture.
Written September 20, 2023
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Hi many thanks for your review we are glad that you have enjoyed your visit to the Guildhall
Written October 1, 2023
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Alessia P
3 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Very interesting exhibition! Interactive, well displayed and not to long, so you can visit it in a short time but still learn about the history!
Written September 9, 2023
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Hi thank you for your review we hope you visit again
Written October 1, 2023
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ruthandvern
Wilton, CA15,442 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Beside St Columba Cathedral this is the largest building within the city walls. It is also the city hall so regular business goes on all around you as you marvel at the size and beauty of the building. The highlight is the organ room on the 2nd floor. The organist was playing, and the pipes change colors throughout his performance.
Written August 18, 2023
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Hi many thanks for your review we're glad you enjoyed your trip and visit us again.
Written September 5, 2023
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Steve_Grant1
Oldham, UK1,592 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
This is a nice historic building just off the city walls. Make sure to visit upstairs as well as the ground floor. There is a pleasant square outside with a water feature which kids love on a. Hot day, there is also a couple of bars / coffee shops to sit and watch the wo4ld go by.
Written August 14, 2023
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Thanks for the review Steve glad you enjoyed your visit to the Guildhall
Written September 5, 2023
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Angel C
Madrid, Spain13 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
The place it's wonderful, but it's annoying that tourists can dress up and take selfies or pictures in the same place where the Bloody Sunday it's explained. It is outrageous and disrespectful
Written August 11, 2023
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Hi Angel, there are various places within the Guildhall that photos can be taken, the Mayors robe is available upstairs to try on and get a photo and also photos can be taken of the stained glass windows etc throughout the building
Written September 5, 2023
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John food lover
Derry, UK148 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Was here in th5 th if August for my Daughter and Son in Law’s wedding, can only say what an amazing experience it was, from start to finish, staff excellent very attentive.
Written August 8, 2023
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Thanks for the review we're glad that you have enjoyed your daughters wedding at the Guildhall, we hope you visit again
Written September 5, 2023
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