Just outside the city walls, between Shipquay Gate and the River Foyle, this Tudor Gothic-style building looks much like its counterpart in London. The site’s original structure was built in 1890, but it was rebuilt after a fire in 1908 and again after a series of sectarian bombings in 1972. The hall is distinguished by its huge, four-faced clock (designed to resemble Big Ben) and 23 stained-glass windows made by Ulster craftsmen, which illustrate almost every episode of note in the city’s history. The hall is used as a civic center for concerts, plays, and exhibitions. A nice bit of historical trivia: The Guildhall clock is designed not to strike between midnight and sunrise. This is because at the time it was finished in 1893, there was an expensive hotel nearby, and the management protested that a clock striking every hour through the night would disturb sleeping guests.
- Jack Jewers