Top 5 things to see on a day trip to Derry City
Derry is most recognisable for its 17th Century walls – better known locally as ‘The Walls’ – and is a must for anyone who visits the City. They are steeped in history and provide spectacular views of the cityscape with a unique atmosphere.
They are the most intact walls in Europe and originally provided security for English and Scottish planters. The walls still have the gates, watchtowers, canon, battlements and more that ensured they were never breached.
Within the walls themselves you will find the Tower Museum which chronicles the City’s rich and vibrant heritage. The main exhibition is a warts and all story of Derry from its humble beginnings right up until the troubles.
There is also an exhibition which focuses upon La Trinidad Valencera which was one of the largest ships involved in the Spanish Armada. It sank close to Derry in 1588 and was discovered by divers in 1971. Artefacts from the ship are on display to the public.
The troubles are an integral part of the rich fabric of Derry and they are on display throughout the city in the form of painted murals. There are Mural Tours which are a fascinating and eye opening experience to anyone visiting the city. The artists themselves will guide you on these tours and provide their own unique insight into the troubles and their work. The tour works in tandem with the Museum of Free Derry which provides interactive, multi-media displays on the troubles. For more information on these tours visit www.freederry.net
The second most recognisable landmark in the City is the Guildhall. Located just outside the Walls it first opened in 1890 and has recently received a refurbishment to the outside. The striking structure with its beautiful glass windows has played host to some of the most important events in the City’s history and the outside square has hosted many events and concerts.
Derry’s newest landmark and certainly one which is a welcome addition to the city is that of the Peace Bridge. The magnificent structure opened in June 2011 and provides a walk way and cycle bridge across the River Foyle. It links the City side and Waterside parts of the town crossing from behind the Guildhall to the Ebrington Barracks. It has proved a hit with both locals and visitors and provides easy access from the City side to the vibrant St. Columb’s Park.