Guildhall gets one millionth visitor

Mayor Ald. McClintock making a presentation to Kevin and Christine Keenan from Randalstown, the millionth visitors to the Guildhall.
Mayor Ald. McClintock making a presentation to Kevin and Christine Keenan from Randalstown, the millionth visitors to the Guildhall.
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One million people have now visited Derry’s Guildhall since its £multi-million make over three years ago.

Mayor Hilary McClintock made a special presentation at the weekend marking the milestone.

The Guildhall has been transformed following the complete regeneration of the building and the introduction of a range of enhanced visitor services.

Ald. McClintock said she was delighted to make the presentation to Kevin and Christine Keenan from Randalstown.

“It’s fantastic to reach this milestone in our visitor numbers,” she said.

“I am lucky enough to be based in this beautiful building during my term in office, and I love to see the wide variety of visitors from all over the world exploring its historic rooms.

“Since the restoration we have had so much interest in the building, which is used now for a wide range of purposes from a stunning events venue to an exquisite wedding location. It’s a real treasure in terms of the city’s built heritage and tourism offering.”

Named in honour of its connection to the City of London and its Guilds, The Guildhall was first opened in 1890, financed by The Honourable The Irish Society.

It replaced a series of former Town Halls which had been located at the Diamond, where the War Monument now stands.

The Guildhall , famed for its ornate stained glass windows, currently houses a free exhibition on The Plantation of Ulster and one of the main attractions is the 3132 pipe organ, which was originally financed by public subscription in 1914.