The Guildhall

A true town hall with all sorts of events taking place...

The Guildhall is the ceremonial seat of Government of the city of Derry. The building is a true town hall with all sorts of events taking place there from civic receptions, to concerts, community dances, exhibitions and graduation ceremonies.

The original Guildhall building was built in 1890 at a cost of £20,000 and it was designed by John Guy Ferguson.

It was burnt down in 1908 and re-opened in 1912 to the design of M.A. Robinson. The architecture is neo-gothic with Tudor overtones and dressed with red sandstone, and the tower boasts one of the largest clock faces in Ireland.  Meanwhile, inside, the building houses a superb collection of statues and stained glass windows depicting the history and development of the city.

In the 1980s the Guildhall was the venue for a series of of world premieres by the distinguished Field Day Theatre Company which included Brian Friels’ famous play, Translations. The mayor’s parlour, beside the Council Chamber, is itself the locale for the action of another of Friel’s plays, Freedom of the City. Most recently, the hall hosted the Bloody Sunday Inquiry from 1998 - 2005.

Guided tours of the Guildhall are available during opening hours.