Northern Ireland / Travels

Derry/Londonderry

Our B&B (Groarty House Manor) was just outside Derry/Londonderry, up in the hills with a view over the city from our bedroom. It was a great place to stay – ten minutes’ drive from the city, but quiet enough that you felt like you were in the countryside, with comfortable rooms and a cooked breakfast.

We spent our morning in Derry/Londonderry walking around the city walls. This was a pretty good replacement for a walking tour – it had information boards the whole way around, talking about that section of the wall and the historical events that took place on or around it. It’s not very long – we were back at our starting point around morning tea time.

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Part way around the wall we stopped to visit St Columb’s cathedral, where canons were stationed in defence of the city during the siege of Derry. Inside the church is a miniature museum about the siege, as well as a DVD presentation about the history of the city.

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We also visited the Tower Museum which gave a lot of history encompassing the Siege of Derry, which helped with identifying why the city is such a point of division even among a relatively divided country. Derry/Londonderry struck us as a city keen to move beyond its violent history though, despite still distinctly marking their political territories.

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We also took a quick look through the Guildhall (not a lot to see aside from a small exhibition on the history of the city) before it closed.

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And in the evening on our way to dinner, stopped to photograph some of the murals around the entrance to ‘Free Derry’.

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