Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Fodor's Weekly: Your expert travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration (coming soon)

Northern Ireland Sights

Guildhall

  • Building/Architectural Site
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 04/29/2014

Fodor's Review

The rejuvenated Victorian Guildhall, fresh from a three-year £10-million makeover, is an outstanding example of the city's ornate architecture. It has been refashioned as a visitor center with interactive exhibits telling the story of the Plantation of Ulster and the construction of the Walled city, and how these events shaped present-day Derry. Touch-screen displays explain the building's special features such as elaborate ceilings, baronial wood paneling, and magnificent

organ. For children, hands-on displays include a puzzle to recreate a 1598 map of Ulster or they can spin a wheel to find out about the different London companies and how land was divided. Kids can also build a bawn, stone house, or castle using wooden blocks, or dress up in the clothes of Planters or Irish people of the period. Look out too for the delightful scale model of the city in 1738 showing just a few thatched cabins outside the perimeter wall. A conserved page (a folio) from the Great Parchment Book of 1639 detailing the account of the Plantation is also on display. With the gleaming restoration, one of the most famous of all Derry's local sayings, "You've more faces than the Guildhall clock" (not to be taken as a compliment), has renewed resonance. Enjoy an alfresco coffee in the Guild Café at the harbor square entrance overlooking the Foyle, an ideal spot to catch the riverine light and reflect on 400 turbulent years of history.

Read More

Sight Information

Address:

Guildhall Sq., Derry, BT48 6DQ, Northern Ireland

Phone:

028-7137–5151 Ext. 8303

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 10–5:30

Updated 04/29/2014

Advertisement

What's Nearby

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Sights

See all sights in Northern Ireland

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?

Experience

Ease

Value

Don't Miss

Advertisement