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“Nice Leisurely Walk”
Review of Peace bridge

Peace bridge
Ranked #2 of 136 things to do in Derry
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Belmont, Michigan
Level 5 Contributor
43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Nice Leisurely Walk”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

We found this to be a nice leisurely walk as we ate ice cream cones from a nearby ice cream shop. Great picture taking opportunities!

Visited July 2013
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Tipperary, Ireland
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“Worth the visit”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

All the family were excited about crossing the bridge. Our small lads loved it but I'm not sure they understood the significance. The weather was not great but the experience was fantastic!!

Visited June 2013
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Derry, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic bridge”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

Fantastic bridge with nicen unique architecture. Nice for a walk from the city centre to the waterside.

Visited January 2013
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Letterkenny, Ireland
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“Cycle and Footbridge across the Foyle.”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

This is one of three bridges in Derry, crossing the Foyle, and it was opened on 25th June 2011, and on the day it opened, one had to queue for about 30 minutes to cross it. It cost 14 million pounds, and a lot of people criticised it, calling it a bridge to nowhere. Its intended to improve relations between the largely Catholic population on the Bogside, with the Protestants on the Waterside. Kinda like the "Hands across the Divide" It brings you over to Ebrington Square. Nice walk and great views.

Visited August 2013
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NJ
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“Symbolism, utility, history and style”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

I've walked this bridge in a late October rain squall and a balmy July afternoon; there is a difference but it's not the absence of people, for it still seems to attract a lot of casual users during daylight hours in most months. I wouldn't take it if you just want to get across the river Foyle; there are faster alternatives. I would take it if you wish to appreciate what it means when some people want to make common cause with others from whom they have become estranged through decades of vicious conflict. The bridge is an effort to push against fears that fueled sectarian residential segregation on each side of the river by making it attractive to travel a new path across those troubled waters. Fans of bridge architecture will enjoy the snaking and tilting, asymmetric design; sightseers will be able to linger on the benches (too few) that shelter behind wind baffles (a necessary touch) near midstream and pick out the latest addition to an already interesting skyline; music lovers will often be able to hear a fiddler or a piano accordion player on one side or a harpist on the other; you can also get an overhead view of the city's last remaining operating train line. Though most of the tourist spots are on the west (City) side of the bridge there are strong efforts to rejuvenate a former military barracks on the east (Water) side of the bridge. There you can see the statue of a World War II sailor shouldering his duffle bag. An explanatory plaque notes the city's role as a nautical base in war time but also pays tribute to the local citizens, who were never more united around a common cause than in that era. If she were still alive, my mother, who grew up in the city, so mistrusted the old row boats that ferried people on this route in the 1930s that she would make a long detour across the city's main bridge. My guess is that she might now be willing to trust the new structure.

Visited July 2013
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