The Derry Guildhall is one of the city’s most impressive buildings, built in 1887 to show off Derry’s economic success. Located right next to the River Foyle, the Derry city Guildhall is a strikingly beautiful place with some incredible architecture immediately noticeable from the elaborate face of the hall to the skilful stained glass windows.
Over the years, the guildhall has seen a great deal of history occur. In the 1970s bomb attacks and fires marked an unpleasant series of events, but the area quickly recovered, and the hall remains one of the most important cultural areas in Derry. This was best shown through the 1980 premiere of Brian Friel’s classic play, Translations, which took place inside the hall.
With its 2013 renovation for Derry’s term as UK City of Culture the hall started to be used as an interactive museum exploring the history of Derry. The renovation started with the restoration of the hall’s exterior to the fantastic state which you can see when you visit, with both the walls and windows having a century’s damage repaired.
Definitely a must see for anyone interested in exploring Derry history, the Guildhall can easily be reached from our Travelodge Derry Hotel. Less than a 5 minute walk from the Guildhall, our budget Derry hotel gives you complete convenience along with the best deals on Derry hotels.
Inside Derry Guildhall
The internal renovation of the hall focused on establishing an innovative way of connecting visitors to Derry’s past. This involved the establishment of a unique museum dedicated to the city’s history over its 400 years of life. If you’re looking for an interesting way to spend some time when you stay in Travelodge’s budget Derry hotel this is definitely worth a visit.
Exploring the building, you will see some beautiful art and design, with the incredible concert organ in the Great Hall being a must see attraction. This organ is occasionally used for musical performances which are always impressive in their scale and talent.
The Derry Guildhall hosts occasional performances ranging from classical music to plays and special events. While performances in the hall are rare, there’s always something going on in Derry. Check out our Derry theatres page for some information about what’s on during your stay with us.
Cheap Hotels near to Derry Guildhall
At Travelodge Hotels Ireland, we want you to have a great stay at an unbeatable price whenever you book with us. Our Travelodge Derry Hotel is perfectly placed right in the city centre of Derry, letting you easily reach great attractions with convenient Derry transport options from right outside our door.
When you book a room in our cheap Derry hotel, you’ll be saving more than you can anywhere else. We give you the best rates guaranteed direct through our website, saving you money whenever you book. When you head to our hotel, you’ll find that our comfortable rooms all come equipped with flatscreen TVs, free Wi-Fi, comfy beds and en suite bathrooms, giving you a relaxing night’s rest.
Suggested Local Derry Attractions
There’s a huge amount of things to see around Derry, no matter what you’re interested in. We’ve put together a few personal recommendations, but if you’re interested in seeing more, head on over to our Derry Top 10 Attractions page to see attractions around the city.
The Derry Guildhall has some modern features for kids, but if you’re looking for some more dedicated attractions for children, just head over to our Derry family attractions page. You’ll find everything from family theatres to more relaxing destinations.
Derry City Walls
The Derry City Walls are some of the best preserved old city walls in the whole of Europe, with some amazing sights for those taking a walk around the original walled city of Derry on top of the walls. Stop off at the magnificently designed Derry Cathedral or head to some of the pubs that housed early performances from bands like the Undertones.
With some great boutiques and fashion destinations near our central hotel, Derry Shopping is a great way to spend some time in the city, whether you’re looking to pick up a new style or explore Northern Ireland’s tastes.
A major filming location for Game of Thrones, Downhill Beach and the nearby Mussenden Temple are famed as some of the best examples of natural beauty in Ireland. The Temple which was built at the top of a cliff gives great views across the sea, and excellent access to the beautiful beach, one of the largest and most picturesque in Ireland. Easily reachable from Derry city centre, the beach and temple are must sees for anyone coming to the city.