Derry / Londonderry audio tour: Derrie Danders: A Guide to the Quayside and North City

Derrie Danders: A Guide to the Quayside and North City

Walking Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

Welcome to the historic city of Derry/Londonderry.

This walking tour focuses on pivotal moments in the city's history, including its emergence as a shipbuilding hub, emigration to North America to escape the Irish Potato Famine, and the role of its port during World War II. We’ll start at Peace Bridge and walk along the River Foyle to the quayside emigration sculptures, before looping back to our starting point.

Along the way, you’ll also see:

• Foyle Marina, which is the base for the Foyle Festival and the biennial Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
• The campus of Magee College, which dates back to 1865
• Shirt factories that shaped modern business

Tour Producer


David Douglas

I am an accountant by profession but an historian by passion.In October 2018, I established Derrie Danders Walking and Audio Tours and seek to deliver historically accurate and politically neutral tours of my home city, where I have been born and bred.I am extremely proud of my city and love telling visitors of its role in many of the conflicts and historical events of the past and am optimistic of its role in the ongoing peace process in the future.
I am pleased to be assisted by Bronagh from BM Tours Ireland in my French language tour and by Terry from Walled City Tours in my Cityside,Bogside,Walled City West Tour.

Major Landmarks

  • Visitor Information Centre

  • Derry Walls

  • Guildhall

  • Peace Bridge

  • the City Hotel

  • Old Boating Club

  • Foyle Port Marina

  • City Council Offices

  • Rock Mills

  • Emigration Sculptures

  • Ulster University (Magee Campus)

  • BBC Radio Foyle

  • Dr Amattoe Blue Plaque

  • Clarendon Street

  • Old City Factory

  • Culturlann

  • Strand Road and Earhart Red Plaque

  • Waterloo Place

Directions to Starting Point

The start place for the tour is the Visit Derry Visitor Information Centre on Waterloo Place.
The easiest way to find the starting place is to go to the major landmark of the Guildhall, which is close by and visible from the Peace Bridge and the Bus Station. Keep the Guildhall on your right and the City Walls on your left, and walk through Shipquay Place to Waterloo Place. The Visitor Information Centre is a modern tower building on your left just past the end of the Walls (Cowards Bastion/Magazine Gate) and is opposite the Northern Counties Building on your right.

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Places to stop along the way

Visitor Information Centre,the Derry Walls,the Guildhall,the Peace Bridge,the Foyle Port Marina,Emigration Sculptures,Ulster University(Magee Campus), Culturlann.

Best time of day

While the tour can be done at any time, it is best done during daylight hours.


Be careful crossing busy roads and always use the traffic crossings as instructed during the tour.


I enjoyed this wider walk of the city - nice sound effects too

Posted by Patrick , 12 months ago

Another great tour taking visitors on a wider walk around the Quay and focussing on emigration and education.

Posted by Patrick , 12 months ago
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Derrie Danders: A Guide to the Quayside and North City