The River Foyle curves picturesquely around the old walled town of Derry, creating a cosy setting which jars horribly with the reality of this city's recent troubled history. The old centre of Derry is the small walled city on the west bank of the river, with the square called the Diamond at its heart. Barbed-wire barriers detract from the magnificence of the city walls, though also giving resonance to their history. From the top there are good views of the Bogside and its defiant murals - 'No Surrender!' - and the Free Derry monument. Inside the walls, the Tower Museum tells the story of Derry from the days of St Columcille to the present. St Columb's Cathedral stands within the walls of the old city and dates from 1628; it's usually surrounded by barbed wire and surveillance cameras. Last century, Derry was one of the main ports from which the Irish emigrated to the USA. The Harbour Museum has a small collection of maritime memorabilia on display. Derry is only just over one and a half hours from Belfast by bus.
Map of Derry City
Getting To and Around Derry City
For information on getting to and around Co. Derry, see our Co. Derry Transport Guide.
Things to Do in Derry City
- Derry City Walls Derry City
- Harbour Museum Derry City
- Millennium Forum 3 Newmarket Street
- St. Columb's Cathedral and Chapter House Museum Derry City
- St. Eugene's Cathedral Francis St
- The Guildhall Guildhall Square
- The Tower Museum Union Hall Place
- Waterside Theatre Glendermott Road