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History

The original town hall was built in the 1600s in the Diamond area of the City and was destroyed during the Siege in 1689.

The Guildhall was built in 1887 by ‘The Honourable The Irish Society’ on land reclaimed from the River Foyle at a cost of £19,000 (equivalent to £1.5 million today).

The building was named in honour of its connection to the City of London and its guilds.

It was officially opened in 1890 as the administrative centre for Londonderry Corporation. It is the only surviving guildhall still in civic use in Ireland.  

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