City Walls

City Walls, Derry: Address, Phone Number, City Walls Reviews: 4.5/5

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Brian H
Belfast, UK57 contributions
Aug 2021
First thing we did upon arriving in Derry. Parked in the Foyle side shopping centre at £1/hour.the walls are spotless with council security/advice staff walking them as well. Great information in regular places and some buskers which were very entertaining including the Lambeg drum
Written August 6, 2021
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Malcolm C
6 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
A fascinating tour which gave us great insight into the history and purpose of the walls and brought us right upto date with rebuilding of the city and community. John was a brilliant guide delivering it at great pace whilst walking backwards at certain stages of the tour. Great value and time well spent.
Written January 1, 2022
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301lisa33
Coventry, UK1,560 contributions
Aug 2021
The city walls are in good repair, presumably requiring work over the years. They are about 1 mile in length but with steps and steep ascent in some parts. The views into and out of the city's core are very interesting. There is a good level of interpretation. So this is a 'must do' for any visitors who have enough fitness
Written September 24, 2021
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Michael
6 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
Don’t even think about it. The walls were interesting but forget about it! The city needs a bloody roof with the amount of rain it receives.

Let me take you back to the start of my trip...

I flew direct to Londonderry airport from Stansted and immediately I could smell the... “Derry air”. It went down hill from there. The most immediate flight back wasn’t until the next day so I just figured I’d have to roll with it. We met my cousin (a Catholic) just outside the front of the airport itself and from the moment we got into the car, he was heavily insistent that we took the tour of the walls. I was in two minds about it, being an English man and that, but I figured times have moved on since then. After some excuse making, I finally gave in and he drove my pregnant wife and I to a pace called, ‘Wheelers’ for some food first (review coming shorty). After an hour of hell in there (spoilers), we made our way to the walls.

Upon our decent to the meeting point of the tour, I encountered four Londonderry natives who were drinking some form of cheap cider... I wasn’t impressed. “Alright mucker,” I heard one shout to another young gentleman coming out from a Ladbrokes. He signalled a positive thumbs up and caught me looking at him as he did. I was immediately fearful but continued, trying not to gain any further attention.

When we met our tour guide, he spoke absolute utter nonsense the entirety of the tour and, aside from the unintelligible mumbling, most of what he was saying was a lie directly entirely at the British. I raised my concerns with the tour guide regarding the validity of what he was saying and from this point in the tour, he began to make reference to me continuously, making the others aware that I am English. The other members of the tour were foreign so they did not seem to understand what was going on but it was incredibly uncomfortable nonetheless. I’d never recommend this tour to anyone. I didn’t learn a single thing and it poured rain the whole time.

When I got back to my cousins house, he wouldn’t stop asking about about the tour, insisting that it’s excellent and we should go again, this time with him. I went to bed incredibly upset and on the verge of tears. I’ll never be back in Londonderry or a Wheelers ever again!
Written March 8, 2020
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Salsasiobhan
Limerick, Ireland68 contributions
Jun 2021
Our guide, Tony, was very knowledgeable and made sure everyone felt included. He asked us where we were from and referred to our cities and life experience throughout the tour. His account was very personal and moving. He spoke about his mother , who had worked in a shirt factory in Derry. This is a great tour and at £4 per person, you can't get better value.
Written June 30, 2021
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Ronnie181
Lisburn, UK11 contributions
Aug 2021
A guided walking tour of the city walls is not to be missed. We picked up Martin McCrossan tour at Ferryquay Gate. The guide was excellent, entertaining and knowledgable and gave and unbiased history of the city and the "troubles". Excellent value for £4 charge and 1 hour tour.
Written August 11, 2021
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Daniel C
2 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
The trip around the walls was spoilt very much by the amount of litter strewn around the walled area overlooking the Tower museum and the Guildhall overlooking the peace Bridge.
This was mainly made up of discarded takeaway food and half full containers around that area.
The views from the walls are amazing and allows a complete tour of the inner city as it brings you into contact of so many iconic sights.
You can experience views of the city centre streets and also has historical artifacts of a past history.
It also affords a view of the Free Derry Corner and murals from the walls.
It is a mixture of the past and the present and in a humerous way the mural of the infamous Derry Girls on the gable wall of Badgers Bar is refreshing.
It is such a pity that the littering should take away from this very emotive and iconic historical part of this beautiful and welcoming City.
Overall a great experience, not to be missed.
Written August 22, 2020
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Robert W
Guildford, UK6,952 contributions
Mar 2020
I was brought up in Derry so a stroll around the walls probably means more to me than it does to most people. Throughout my childhood I attended St Augustin's Church which is on the wall and my father's and great uncle's names are on what I think is called the role of honour in the church of those who fought in both world wars. While on a visit some years ago I was amazed to discover that one of the stained glass windows is in memory of someone who was one of my teenage girlfriends! I had a great aunt who lived in the Fountain and an aunt who lived in the Bogside so I guess my family straddled the sectarian divide. I had Catholic and non Catholic friends and, until I went to live in Belfast, never knew anyone who had obvious prejudice against fellow citizens of a different religion. The only thing I ever disliked about the city was the never ending rain and I still get a thrill every time I visit the Maiden City. Poor health has stopped us visiting for a while but I am on the mend and hope to walk on Derry's Walls again very soon.
Written February 14, 2021
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Darren P
London, UK42 contributions
Oct 2021
Walked the old city walls, excellent views of both sides of the river. Location excellent for getting your bearings and allowing you to step off and view the murals etc from both communities and understand some of events that shaped Northern Ireland. Would recommend.
Written October 26, 2021
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Siobhan C
Ballymena, UK43 contributions
Jan 2020
Had stayed in Derry for the night and decided to walk the walls before we went home. It was a fairly dismal day but stayed dry for our walk. The walls are a mile in length and so not too much for a morning walk. There are no great inclines or downhill walking and as you go round there are plenty of information boards to tell and describe the history. Great views over parts of the city and would be even better on a good day. We also visited St Columbs Church on the way round and were greeted by 2 very friendly gentlemen, we were given an information map and some verbal instructions before being left to wander round at our leisure. There is a museum upstairs but unfortunately we did not have the time to visit this, but would go back as I learnt some things about the history of my own country that I really didn't know. All in all I would recommend this walk to anyone and do take the time to take in the views and read about the history of the walls.
Written February 2, 2020
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