Guildhall celebrates huge visitor numbers since reopening in 2013
21 July 2014
Derry~Londonderry's historic Guildhall has welcomed a phenomenal number of visitors through its doors since reopening last Summer, with 370,826 people passing through the landmark building since June 2013.
The building has been at the centre of city life since 1890 and following a £10 million refurbishment completed last June, has become a more vibrant and welcoming shared space for both local visitors and tourists, while maintaining its civic function.
Fashioned in neo-gothic style, the Guildhall is one of the most striking buildings in the North West and was originally built in 1887 by The Honourable The Irish Society. The Guildhall contains stunning examples of stained glass windows and other highlights include its staircase and striking main hall organ.
New features following the refurbishment include an interactive Tourist Information Point, a dedicated exhibition exploring how the Plantation of Ulster has shaped the city and region's history, interpretation panels throughout the building and a new Cafe area.
Mayor of Derry, Councillor Brenda Stevenson said she was delighted at the figure.
“The Guildhall is the city’s most iconic building, and one which is immediately associated with the city’s profile and built heritage.
“Since its refurbishment the building has become a bright and open shared space, which is both a fascinating visitor attraction and a stunning venue for any public event. It has hosted weddings, concerts, craft and food fairs, and welcomed a diverse range of visitors through its doors over the past year. And the addition of both the exhibition area and the buzzing Cafe has brought even more people through its doors.”
Last month the Guildhall scooped the award for Best Conservation Project at the bi-annual Royal Society of Ulster Architects awards ceremony.