Northern Ireland Sights

Apprentice Boys' Memorial Hall

  • 13 Society St. Map It
  • West Bank

Published 08/11/2015

Fodor's Review

Imposing in its Scottish Baronial fortified grandeur, this is a meeting place for the exclusively Protestant organization set up in 1715 to honor 13 Apprentice Boys who slammed the city gate in the face of the Catholic King James in 1688, sparking the Siege of Derry; ever since, it has remained a symbol of Protestant stubbornness. The Memorial Hall was renovated in 2015, and next door to the Hall stands a new £2-million building, the grandiosely titled "Siege Heroes Museum and Shared Space Visitors Centre." The new center tells the fascinating story of the 105-day siege and chronicles the history of the Apprentice Boys. A look-alike sandstone scale model of Walker's Pillar—blown up by the IRA in 1973—has been re-created. During excavation work in 2014, before the new museum was built, archaeologists unearthed Derry's oldest building believed to date to at least 1602. The brick-and-wood structure perished during the O'Doherty Rebellion of 1608—predating the historic city walls by several years. Excited archaeologists also uncovered musket balls, a cannonball, pottery shards, clay pipes, and even some intact centuries-old wine bottles—although their drinking maturity has yet to be established.

Sight Information

Address:

13 Society St., Derry, BT48 6PJ, Northern Ireland

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Phone:

028-7126–1219

Sight Details:

  • £3
  • Mon.–Sat. 10–4:30

Published 08/11/2015

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