- Discover Derry
Known as the walled city or the maiden city, Derry is situated on the banks of the River Foyle. Derry has had its fair share of troubles in the past but is such a beautiful city with lots of things to do. Circling the inner city, the walls are a major tourist attraction. Derry is the only completely walled city in Europe and is in very good condition. You can walk almost the entire circuit of the city walls.
The tower museum has many artefacts from the Trinidad Valencera, a ship from the Spanish Armada. She sank in 1588. Armour, charts and more were recovered from the wreck and are on display.
Just outside the city walls you can find a beautiful neo gothic building that houses the city council. The Guildhall was recently renovated and has won awards for its design.
The Peace Bridge was constructed in 2011 as a way of improving access between the nationalist and unionist parts of the city. it is a cycle and footbridge and is a very impressive design.
Take a tour to see the many murals dotted around the city detailing the troubles in Derry.
the annual Lundy March occurs on the 6th of December and commemorates the 17th century siege of the city and is orgainised by the Apprentice Boys of Derry. It has experienced violence in the past but has passed off peacefully in recent years.
Some more include the Bloody Sunday Memorial, which is dedicated to the 13 innocent civilians shot dead by British Army paratroopers in 1972. Also there’s the Bogside, a catholic area and the Free Derry Corner. Derry is an historic city and its past is hard to avoid, both sides of the divide.