St. Columb's Cathedral

St. Columb's Cathedral, Derry

St. Columb's Cathedral
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
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Majestic, neo-Gothic Church of Ireland (Anglican) Cathedral, built between 1628 and 1633. St. Columb's is the oldest and most historic building within the walled City of Londonderry. It has recently been extensively restored. The Chapter House Museum displays artefacts from the Siege of Londonderry in 1689 and also many other interesting items.There is an audio visual display which tells the visitor the history of the Cathedral and there are guide leaflets available in 8 Languages. Admission is free - donations are welcome.
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MandM5960
Lancaster, UK374 contributions
Fantastic Cathedral
Sep 2020
Absolutely stunning Cathedral, a must see whilst in Derry. Very well kept both inside and outside. Visit is about twenty minutes but very well worth calling in.
Written September 16, 2020
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,682 contributions
Beautiful cathedral
Aug 2020
Very nice cathedral but it was no open due to Covid-19 (only on Sundays, for the time being). Nice graveyard.
Written August 10, 2020
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,319 contributions
Beautiful Cathedral
Mar 2020 • Solo
I love St Columbs and try to pop in everytime I am in Derry, as I was today. Beautiful inside and out and easily accessible right by the city walls.
I love the serenity inside and the layers of history it has. The banners that hang along the nave are amazing, some absolutely ancient.
Just a fantastic place to visit.
Written March 1, 2020
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M Taylor
5 contributions
Beautiful church in the heart of the walled city of Derry
Nov 2019
We stayed at the Bishop's Gate Hotel next door, so we were immediately struck with the architectural beauty of the Cathedral upon entering the city. The interior of the church is incredible and is full of memorials and reminders of the history of the city.

We visited the church just after opening on our first morning in Derry. There was a small congregation reciting the Daily Office in the chapel. A few employees were scattered around making sure the Cathedral was ready for visitors.

I purchased a copy of the Hymns for Children for sale in the gift shop and enquired about obtaining an Irish copy of the Book of Common Prayer, wherein I was directed to the Chapter House.

While I appreciated the ability to visit and tour the church for free, I found the "license" to take photographs somewhat odd in this age of social media and influencers.
Written November 15, 2019
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dianne m
manchester408 contributions
Limited hours for visiting the inside
Oct 2019
Some interesting things in the grounds. There's a mass grave of people killed during the siege and a Somme memorial cross.
Written October 25, 2019
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From October to March the visiting hours are from 10 am to 2 pm and the rest of the year they are from 9 am to 5 pm. This is in common with many other historic buildings which have reduced opening hours during the winter months. If you wish to visit outside the normal opening hours this can be arranged by giving us advance notice. The "mass grave" which you refer to is known locally as the "Siege Heroes Mound". It contains some fragments of bones that were excavated during excavation works inside the Cathedral in the 1860s. Many thanks for your comments.
Written October 31, 2019
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R G
Dublin, Ireland897 contributions
St.Columb'a Cathedral
Oct 2019
How appropriate to discover a "Canon" ball left over from the siege in the entrance hall to the cathedral.
Written October 22, 2019
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Betty S
Huntsville, AL149 contributions
Beautiful Cathedral
Sep 2019
This cathedral was our last stop before we finished walking the walls of Derry. It is free to visit, but donations are welcomed. No pictures are allowed unless you pay a fee. I wish i had done that. Small but very lovely church with a great deal of history. Jerry, a volunteer, took time to show us around. We were able to see a set of the original padlocks used in the 1600s on the four main city gates. He also showed us an American flag that was from WWII. It is stored in a case because of its poor condition. He also took time to explain the flags hanging from the rafters which are not replaced once they fall. Each of the pews have a different carving on them. I'm not sure that I would have noticed that feature if Jerry had not pointed it out. We enjoyed our visit, but it was made really special by Jerry and all his knowledge.
Written October 10, 2019
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Africa Eddie
Sydney, Australia9,632 contributions
Magnificent historic Cathedral
Sep 2019 • Couples
The oldest building in Derry it has much history. It was from this church that Alexander's Hymns emanates. Mrs Alexander was wife of a minister here and started writing children's songs and eventually hymns which have become part of Protestant Church hymnody for over a century.
The building is grand with a historic section where photos are not allowed
Written September 25, 2019
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Lorraine C
Northern Ireland, UK15 contributions
Beautiful Cathedral
Sep 2019 • Couples
Small but so beautiful on the inside and steeped in history. At the entrance we were met by some wonder women who knew everything about it and the wall
Written September 14, 2019
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nicolas s
Milan, Italy2,252 contributions
a very nice restored church
Aug 2019
we liked the wood work in the choir and the entrance, and the staircase and some interesting pieces in the small museum .
Written August 22, 2019
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