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The Derry Walls and a walk through Londonderry’s past

derry londonderry walls tim harkin“A walking tour of Londonderry’s ramparts is a journey through time, from the 17th century to the Troubles” article in the Guardian by Henry Mc Donald:

Tours of Derry

Tours of Derry Londonderry

The New Foyle Bridge DerryFree Derry CornerDerry walls and cannonsthe guildhall derry

The City Sightseeing team in Derry provide various tours of Derry Londonderry and the North West of Ireland. Options include sightseeing tours on board open top buses, walking tours, tours for groups and schools, custom tours. City Sightseeing Derry also cater for private functions such as weddings, hen & stags. We also do sightseeing tours of Giant’s Causeway. See the links below for more information.

The City Sightseeing team in Derry provide a selection of tours of Derry/Londonderry. Please see the following links for more information.

A full list of tours accommodated is available here on the City Sightseeing Derry Tours page

Ten Facts About Derry Londonderry

Derry-Londonderry City - Landscape View

  1. First founded as a settlement around 1400 years ago, the name Derry has its roots in the Irish word Doire which translates as Oak Grove. In 1613 the name was changed by Royal Charter to Londonderry to reflect the London Guilds involvement in establishing the planned city and Cathedral. Actually we’ve got a few names Doire, Derry, Londonderry, Stroke city (as in Derry / Londonderry), The Maiden City, The Walled City and the rather French sounding L’Derry and the most recent Derry Londonderry (so good they named it twice) and very popular LegenDerry.
  2. The 17th century walls that encircle the old city centre make Derry the most complete walled city in Europe. They?re pretty much unchanged in four centuries with the exception of a couple of new gates that have been added in the intervening years.
  3. In the 19th century Derry became a major port for those leaving for North America, especially those fleeing the famine/genocide. Those emigrants included the founders of Derry and Londonderry in New Hampshire (sure, they decided to have 2 towns).
  4. In WWII Derry was the most westerly Allied Naval Port, played host to American troops and witnessed the surrender of the 19 U-boats (scuttled off the north coast of Donegal).
  5. The 60’s saw Derry become the focus of the Civil Rights movement in Northern Ireland. The Battle of the Bogside in 1969 is often noted as the starting point of The Troubles. Bloody Sunday drew worldwide attention in 1972.
  6. St. Columb’s College is the only secondary level school in the world to produce two Nobel prize winners: John Hume (Peace Prize) and Seamus Heaney (Literature).
  7. Derry (city and county) also boasts playwright Brian Friel, the Undertones (who wrote Teenage Kicks), Aston Villa and former Celtic manager Martin O’Neill, Eurovision Winner Dana, Girl’s Aloud singer Nadine Coyle, and that one from US show Touched By an Angel (aka Roma Downey).
  8. From the 1830’s until relatively recently shirt making was the one of the city’s main industries, making Derry, at it’s peak, the shirt making capital of the world. It even gained us a mention in Das Kapital by Karl Marx.
  9. Derry is home to the world’s oldest independent department store- Austin’s ? which pre-dates Harrods in London and Macy’s in NY by 15 and 25 years respectively.
  10. Amelia Earhart landed in Gallaghers farmland just outside Derry on her solo transatlantic flight. The area is now Foyle Golf Course.