Walk along the top of the walls, admire fine buildings, interesting murals and sculptures...
The famous 17th-century walls have withstood several sieges.
There are 4 original gates (Bishop's Gate, Ferryquay Gate, Shipquay Gate and Butcher's Gate) and bastions. Three new gates (Magazine, Castle and New Gate) have been added.
There are canons throughout the Walls, particularly above Shipquay Gate. These were donated by the Guilds of London in 1649.
This interesting building houses some of the finest examples of stained glass windows in Ireland.
Its name is a reminder of the connection with the London Guilds.
This a neo-Gothic style building is the Guildhall. Many concert events and exhibitions are held here during the year, it serves as the civic and cultural center for the people of the Derry. It was built in 1887 by the Irish Society and an English organization to promote the colonization of the County of Londonderry during the Plantation of Ulster. Sadly it was bombed in 1972 but repaired and opened again in 1977. The massive building is made of Drumbrese sandstone and marble with oak paneling and ornate ceilings. The stain-glass windows are considered the finest in Great Britian. The huge organ in the main hall is considered to be the finest in all of Europe.
The Bogside Artists are the mural painters from Derry named Tom Kelly, his brother William Kelly, and Kevin Hasson who are responsible for the outdoor murals called the People's Gallery in the Bogside section of Derry. The murals document events and themes pertaining to the civil rights struggle during the troubles in Northern Ireland. As you walk down Rossville Street in Bogside you can see all the existing murals. There are more photos of the murals and other events in The Bogside Artists Studio at 46 William Street.
For more information on the murals try the link below.
The old walled city of Derry lies on the west bank of the River Foyle with the location of old Derry on the east bank, the present city now covers both banks (Cityside to the west and Waterside to the east) and the river is spanned by two bridges.
A "Bloody Sunday" memorial was erected in memory of the 14 Derry residents who were killed on that tragic Sunday, January 30th, 1972. The Memorial is situated in the Free Derry area of the Bogside, where the events of Bloody Sunday took place. Residents of the area regularly place fresh wreathes at the foot of the memorial, making it in important feature of the city.
I too this picture as we were riding around in the rain, I believe it's the St. Augustine Church. I've searched on line to see if I can match this picture up with someone's pic with no avail. If anyone recognizes it as one with another name, please leave me a message - thanks.
This is the most historic building in the city, built in 1633. Here you can admire marble monuments and stained glass.
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"You Are Now Entering Free Derry" was painted in January 1969 by John Casey. It’s located on the corner of Lecky Road and Fahan Street in Bogside. The sign remains as an important symbol for Irish Nationalists.
This is yet another mural, reflecting the spirit of the people here during the Troubles.
The "No Surrender" mural is right outside the city wall: "Londonderry west bank loyalists still under siege no surrender"
As soon as you cross Craigavon Bridge, on your way from the railway station, this lovely monument will definitely catch your attention. It's called ‘Hands across the Divide’ and is a work by Maurice Harron.
If you want to know about the history of Derry, why she has been called by several names, her little eccentricities, take a Derry Walls Walking Tour. The guides are fabulous! I had been told when I reserved my spot that the tour wouldn't be conducted if it was raining. When I woke up the next morning to a "soft" day, I thought for sue that the tour was not going to happen. However, I showed up at the designated spot to find a very cheerful tour guide in a rain slicker rady to lead a tour. They only cancel tours in a downpour, he said.
The tour, which lasts one to two hours, is a fun filled walk through time. The guide explains the history of the seige, how it was started and where it ended, as well as taking you to see the murals and several other historic spots.
I think this is a delightful tour for families.
I love this town! Take the official tour. See the ancient walls of the city. Take the "booze cruise" on the River Foyle on the Pelican cruise ship. There are some great dining experiences in the city. Nice shopping mall.
The present War memorial was built in 1927 by the sculptor Vernon March. The figures represent the Navy and the Army and are overlooked by the winged Angel of Victory representing the Royal Air-force. The cenotaph in the Diamond is now a memorial to all those who died during World War I & II. Located in the center of the walled city, it is possible to see all four original gates from this location. Three former town-halls have resided in this position in the years 1625, 1692 and 1823. Then in 1904 there was a fire and a garden was placed there instead giving space for the memorial.
Cruise on the River Foyle out into the Bay and back. DJ and dancing. Snacks sold at the bar (lower deck), beer, wine, alcoholic beverages, pub tables and chairs, pub atmosphere, suitable for children. Was raining when we cruised so we stayed indoors and viewed the banks from the windows, but you can cruise on the outdoor upper deck in good weather. You'll meet some interesting people. Local DJ on-board so we danced the night away with mostly college students. Board at the Pier; follow the signs. 4-hour cruise: 2 hours out and 2 hours back.