Derry / Londonderry audio tour: Highlights of the Walled City of Derry / Londonderry

Highlights of the Walled City of Derry / Londonderry

Walking Tour

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40 mins
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1mi

About the Tour

Welcome to the historic city of Derry – or Londonderry, depending on who you ask. Ours is a city rich in complex history, and filled with locals who’ll invite you to stay and "enjoy the craic".

This introductory tour takes you on a full circuit of the city's 400 year old walls. I’ll point out many of the famous historical and cultural sights en route and suggest places to return to for longer visits.

You may know a bit about the city from the recent comedy series Derry Girls, and we’ll visit the popular mural dedicated to the show. But on this tour you’ll also hear about:

• The city's saint, St Columba / Colmcille, who first established his monastery here in 542 AD
• The great Siege of Derry in 1688 and 1689
• The Troubles, which were a part of life here from 1969 to 1994
• The city's role in the second world war and the Battle of the Atlantic
• Immigration during the Plantation of Ulster
• Emigration during the Irish Potato Famine, or Great Famine, from 1845 to 1849

I invite you to join me in a “dander” around the Derry Walls, and this ancient but exciting part of the city.(“Dander” means a walk in the local dialect.)

Tour Producer

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David Douglas

I am an accountant by profession but an historian by passion.In October 2018, I established Derrie Danders Walking 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.

Major Landmarks

  • Walls of Derry

  • the Derry Girls Mural

  • St Columb's Cathedral

  • View of the Bogside

  • Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall (Siege Museum)

  • The Craft Village

  • Tower Museum

  • The Guildhall

  • The Peace Bridge.

Directions to Starting Point

The start place to the tour is on Foyle Street, which is where the city's bus station is located.
The easiest way to find the starting place is to go to the major landmark of the Guildhall and walk up the right side of Foyle Street, and stop to the right of the second bus shelter where you will see the entrance to the Peace Flame Garden, across the Road.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Derry Girls Mural,St Columb's Cathedral,St Augustine's Church, Siege Museum, First Derry Church Blue Coat Heritage Centre, Museum of Free Derry (if you leave tour and go down to Bogside), Craft Village,Tower Museum,the Guildhall, Peace Bridge and over the bridge to Ebrington Square.

Best time of day

The tour is best done between 8am and 8pm, as a section of the Walls around Bishops Gate is closed from 8.50 pm to 7.00 am every evening, so it is not possible to do a full circuit.

Precautions

Please be careful when crossing any roads, bearing in mind that we drive on left side of the road in Northern Ireland. Also most of the tour is on the 400 year old Walls of the city which can be quite steep in places, and may be slippery when wet or icy.

Comments

A fantastic and inexpensive introduction to the city

Posted by David , about 13 hours ago

Listened to it from home and felt I was actually in the Walled City

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 13 days ago

Excellent Tour David, I would very much like to visit Derry and see all the historic landmarks now that I have listened to the Tour

Posted by Dave , 21 days ago

Thank you Dave for your positive comments.Its great that the tour has stimulated your interest in a visit to my home city.

Posted by David , 21 days ago

Really great introduction to the city

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 24 days ago

Thank you for your positive feedback.

Posted by David , 21 days ago

Excellent and comprehensive, easy to follow directions and plenty of recommendations of other things to visit. Well put across.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 27 days ago

Thank you for your comments and I’m glad to hear you found the tour easy to follow.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 27 days ago

Thank you for your comments and I’m glad to hear you found the tour easy to follow

Posted by David , 21 days ago
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Highlights of the Walled City of Derry / Londonderry