Derry / Londonderry audio tour: Derrie Danders: A Waterside Wander

Derrie Danders: A Waterside Wander

Walking Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

Take in the sites of this historic city on a walk across the iconic Peace Bridge to Waterside, on the east bank of the River Foyle. We’ll hear about the military past of the area around Ebrington Square, and then continue on through the beautiful grounds of St Columb's Park. We’ll end the tour by making our way to the old railway station through the area of my childhood home in Bonds Street.

On this walking tour, you’ll see and hear about:

• The city's saint, St Columba who established his monastery here in 542 AD. (St Columba is also sometimes called St Colmcille.)
• The city's oldest building, St Brecan's Church, which is in the grounds of the beautiful St Columb's Park
• The Siege of Derry that took place near Stronge's Orchard in 1688 and 1699
• The military and naval barracks at Ebrington
• The city's role in the second world war and the Battle of the Atlantic from 1939 to 1945
• The iconic Peace Bridge and other bridges in the city
• The working class area of Bonds Street and the churches in the area
• The railways in the city, both old and new
• The ongoing development of Ebrington Square
• The modern sculpture of the Peace Tree

Join me as we take a wander around the squares, streets and parks of the Waterside, and see the wider city of Derry/Londonderry.

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

  • Guildhall

  • Peace Bridge

  • International Sailor

  • Ledwidge Blue Plaque

  • Ebrington Square

  • Maiden City Brewery

  • Peace Tree

  • St Columb's Park

  • Bonds Street Murals

  • Russian Cannon

  • Old Railway Station

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

The Guildhall, The Peace Bridge, Ebrington Square, Stables Inn, Maiden City Brewery,Peace Tree, St Columbs Park House, Foyle Arena, Bond Street Murals, Russian Cannon, Old Railway Station.

Best time of day

The tour is best done during daylight hours as the entrance/exit of St Columb's Park is locked in the evenings.(Winter approx 6pm, Summer approx 9pm.)


Please be careful crossing the roads, and always follow the directions to use traffic crossings as some roads can be very busy. Also in the section around St Columb's Park, pathways can be slippy due to fallen leaves in Autumn and may be icy in the Winter.


This was an excellent tour of the waterside area. David has researched all the sites thoroughly and is really easy to listen to. I would highly recommend this tour.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 12 months ago

Some interesting and lesser known history of the city.

Posted by David , about 1 year ago

Great Tour.Takes me back to my childhood in the city

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 1 year ago

Great information about lesser explored bits of the city- would recommend!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 1 year ago

An interesting tour for visitors and locals alike

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 1 year ago

An interesting second instalment to your range of tours for the city. I look forward to hearing more in the future.

Posted by Patrick , about 1 year ago

Great tour

Posted by David , about 1 year ago
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Derrie Danders: A Waterside Wander