• LOCATION 25 | Derrie Danders: A Guide to the Quayside and North City

    Rock Road

    We will shortly be turning right into Rock Road, just after the service station, but if you take a look over to your left you will see the other side of the Rock Mills building.

    Once you've had a good look, turn right and walk up Rock Road.

    The term Rock Road comes from the fact that in the early 1600's, this was an area that had a lot of rocky outcrops of a stone called "Schist". It was this stone that was primarily used to build the Walls of Derry between 1613-1619. You may already have visited the Walled City, if not, please do so after your tour ends. The walls were built on an island in the River Foyle which had an oak grove at its centre, and have a circumference of a mile. Within these walls the original city was built, though since the 1800's it has expanded beyond the Walls.

    As you continue to walk up Rock Road, you'll have some buildings come into your view on both the left and right sides of the road. These are part of the campus of the Ulster University based in the city, on the grounds of what is known as Magee College. I will tell you about Magee College a little later in the tour but just a few points about the Ulster University. It has 3 campuses throughout Northern Ireland, Belfast, Coleraine and the city with an enrolment in excess of 25,000 students. Derry/Londonderry as the province's second city does not have its own university, despite a strong campaign in the 1960's to establish one here, and there is still a strong political lobby for one today. However in 2020 it was decided to locate a new Medical School here, and that has been welcomed by the city's population.

    Now keep walking and I will meet you further up the Rock Road.

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Derrie Danders: A Guide to the Quayside and North City