Walking Derry's historic walls will take you around 1.4 km (0.87 miles) of one of the best preserved walled cities in Europe. Built in 1613 the walls are utilised in telling the history of Derry ... More info ›
Walking Derry's historic walls will take you around 1.4 km (0.87 miles) of one of the best preserved walled cities in Europe. Built in 1613 the walls are utilised in telling the history of Derry. Starting in the Monastic period (6th century) the history of Derry unfolds Nine Years War, Plantation of Ulster, 1641 Rebellion, Siege of Derry 1689, 1798 Rebellion the Great Hunger and more. This tour offers you 90 minutes of Irish history explored and explained.
This private Derry Walls walking tour can start anytime suitable for you, and will take you through the older history of Derry and the surrounding area. Derry is one of the longest continued used area in Ireland dating back some six thousand years. St Colmcille set his monastery on the island of Doire in 546 before going to Iona in the western isles of Scotland bringing Christianity to Britain.
Other areas examined on this tour are Elizabeth I advance into Ulster bringing Anglicization and the Protestant religion. The Irish response to this invasion was the Nine Years War 1594-1603, ending with the Flight of the Earls in 1607. The Plantation of Ulster brought thousands of English and Scottish Protestants to Ulster and the building of the City Walls from 1613.
Derry became Londonderry under James I and was financed by the Guilds of London where the Guildhall gets its name. The Siege of Derry, The Fountain Estate, Derry Gaol, Apprentice Boys, Great Hunger and emigration are areas that are covered on this tour also. This walking tour is conducted on Derry's walls while walking the 1.4 km circuit of the walls.