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Guildhall

Take a step back through history with the interactive displays dotted around this 19th-century neo-Gothic complex that welcomes you to Derry.

Guildhall is a structure of fascinating design. Here the elected council of Derry gathers and social events take place. It has been a significant part of the city’s culture, politics and architecture since its construction in 1890. Capture photos of the neo-Gothic façade that makes this building an iconic part of the city.

Arrive in the plaza, gaze up at the intriguing red sandstone structure and note its Tudor features. Venture inside to see its elegant staircase, majestic corridors and large pipe organ. Appreciate the stained-glass windows that add a spiritual touch to the site. The central hub of the building features an interactive information display.

Explore the interesting exhibit on the region’s history, explaining the impact of the Plantation of Ulster, when King James I sent loyal Scottish and English Protestants to populate the area. Take a guided tour of the building for a small fee.

Relax with a drink at the café. Attend an event in the building, such as the Féis Doíre Colmcílle that celebrates Irish culture.

Walk through the Guildhall Square, a spacious pedestrianized area in front of the main building. It hosts important events, such as the reception of U.S. President Bill Clinton in 1995. Come to a Halloween Carnival or see the town switch on its festive lights for Christmas. Sit and read a book while watching people go by. Enjoy the romantic setting among the lights at night.

Find out about the intriguing history of the building, which hosted the famous Saville Inquiry on the Bloody Sunday massacre of 1972. The structure was initially known as Victoria Hall, after the British monarch. Hear about the terror attacks that damaged Guildhall in 1972 and 1977. Entry to the building, which opens daily from morning until late afternoon, is free.

Just outside of the Derry City Walls, Guildhall is a 5-minute walk northeast from the Diamond that marks the city center. It is near the Tower Museum and the Peace Bridge crossing the River Foyle.


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City Hotel Derry

City Hotel Derry

Queens Quay, Derry, Londonderry, Northern Ireland
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Londonderry, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Harbour Museum and Guildhall. Walled City and Tower Museum are also within 5 minutes. Londonderry Station is 18 minutes by foot.

    Maldron Hotel Derry
    Maldron Hotel Derry

    Maldron Hotel Derry

    Butcher Street, Derry, Londonderry, Northern Ireland
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Londonderry, this hotel is steps from Walled City and Diamond. Tower Museum and Guildhall are also within 5 minutes. Londonderry Station is 16 minutes by foot.

      Holiday Inn Express Derry - Londonderry
      Holiday Inn Express Derry - Londonderry

      Holiday Inn Express Derry - Londonderry

      31 Strand Road, Londonderry, Northern Ireland
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Londonderry, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Harbour Museum, The Peoples Gallery, and Walled City. Guildhall and The Nerve Centre are also within 5 minutes. Londonderry Station is 21 minutes by foot.

        Shipquay Boutique Hotel ¥15,685
        Shipquay Boutique Hotel

        Shipquay Boutique Hotel

        17 Shipquay Street, Londonderry, Northern Ireland
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Londonderry, this luxury hotel is steps from Walled City, Irish Craft Village, and Diamond. Tower Museum and Harbour Museum are also within 5 minutes. Londonderry Station is 16 minutes by foot.

          Bishop's Gate Hotel
          Bishop's Gate Hotel

          Bishop's Gate Hotel

          24 Bishop Street, Londonderry, Northern Ireland
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Londonderry, this luxury hotel is steps from Walled City, Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall, and Diamond. St. Columb's Cathedral and Derry City Walls are also within 5 minutes. Londonderry Station is 15 minutes by foot.

            Bridge Bed & Breakfast
            Bridge Bed & Breakfast

            Bridge Bed & Breakfast

            3 Dacre Terrace, Londonderry, Northern Ireland
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Londonderry, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Craigavon Bridge, Walled City, and Foyleside Shopping Centre. Derry City Walls and Millennium Forum are also within 10 minutes. Londonderry Station is 9 minutes by foot.

              Da Vinci's Hotel Derry ¥9,522
              Da Vinci's Hotel Derry

              Da Vinci's Hotel Derry

              15 Culmore Road, Derry, Londonderry, Northern Ireland
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Magee College, St. Eugene's Cathedral, and The Peoples Gallery. Harbour Museum and Guildhall are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Abbey Bed and Breakfast ¥8,402
                Abbey Bed and Breakfast

                Abbey Bed and Breakfast

                4 Abbey Street, Londonderry, Northern Ireland
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is steps from Museum of Free Derry and Bloody Sunday Memorial, The Peoples Gallery, and The Nerve Centre. Hunger Strike Memorial and You are Now Entering Free Derry Mural are also within 5 minutes. Londonderry Station is 21 minutes by foot.