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  • ruthandvern
    Wilton, California16,023 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic structure
    We took the walls walk in two bites. One day would suffice except we stop for buildings en route. The structure is still viable with the steep dry moat surrounding. No wonder it was never breached. The views from every side are spectacular. From this, Cityside, across to Waterside across the River Foyle and facing opposite the bogside - place of significant troubles.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 August 2023
  • roy v
    Traralgon, Australia5,811 contributions
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    Interesting historical walls
    While in town we walked along the walls with a tour guide who gave us lots of information . Some great old canons are still in place to see. Lovely views out over the river and the residential area beyond . Loved the old gateways, not a lot of room for the likes of buses to get through. Have a walk and enjoy
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Danks Knows
    Shoalhaven, Australia2,250 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice city fortifications
    Derry, or Londonderry, in Northern Ireland is a walled city. The fortification runs around the city centre. It is free to walk the wall. From the wall you get excellent views of the rest of Derry, which is lower down, in particular Bogside area. If you come to Derry then a walk around the walls is a must do.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 September 2023
  • hoben57
    Houston, Texas89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Walk
    We had a short stay in Derry and spent some time at the Derry Walls walking on our own. We enjoyed walking the area and learning about the history of the walls. The cannons are a nice touch and provide a fun photo op.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 November 2023
  • Anuj_Mithani
    Mumbai, India4,475 contributions
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    Perfect orientation into Londonderry
    The 17th century fortifications are still intact and free to access ! We stopped in Derry en route to Portrush, parking at the Foyleside shopping centre. There is an entrance to thw walls nearby, just past the famous Derry Girls mural. It took about an hour taking a loop around, and we enjoyed great views and absorbing the city's history from a unique perspective. Lots of informative signposts en route.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 November 2023
  • John
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    Five star walking tour of Derry.
    Did this tour today and had a great experience with tour guide Pat. Very knowledgeable and delivered the history with a great dollop of humour. Great guy, great history and great value at £6 per person.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 April 2024
  • RHtravels
    Rocky Hill, Connecticut865 contributions
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    Must do
    We stayed overnight in Derry so we walked the walls after dinner and again in the morning. No trip to Derry would be complete without walking the walls. You can walk on your own and read the plaques along the way or google, or if you want more history and explanation, there are guided tours.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 April 2024
  • Christy🩵
    Fife, United Kingdom507 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    City Walls
    Had a nice wee walk around the city walls lots of information to read on plaques around the walls and was interesting to see that canons. We seen a few guided walking tours too if u don’t want to read yourself. Great to see the Derry girls mural!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 May 2024
  • CF Reviews
    Waterford, Ireland24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views of the city!
    The walls themselves are very cool! Derry is the last fully walled city in Ireland and they are in great condition. The walls also provide amazing views of the city. You can see the Guildhall, the Free Derry Corner, and also down the main street to the square.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 May 2024
  • Paul B
    Chesterfield, United Kingdom1,646 contributions
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    Historic walls
    Great to walk around these well preserved city walls. Takes about an hour of leisurely walking. Suggest you get a guide leaflet from the tourist information office. Very interesting and some good views. Full of history.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 June 2024
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Michael
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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 8 March 2020
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helenandpaul13
Worcester, UK1,672 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I visited here with my wife when we were in Derry. We began by visiting the Visitor Centre and the staff there gave us a map and quick explanation of the city walls so we had some general info before we started the walk. As we left the centre we walked up the street opposite and with a quick right turn we found ourselves at the base of the walls.

The walls are about 1 mile long and in places over 20 feet thick and they give lovely views of the city. We wanted to visit the St Columba Church but it was closed and thee were over sites situated near the walls to view as we walked round. We went up the hill to the left when we started out and saw the Bogside on our left when we came round the far side. We could see the murals in the distance but stayed within the walls area and did not walk over there due to time factors.

We stopped for lunch in the craft area then visited the city museum at the bottom of the hill and the Guildhall before making our way round the far side to return to the shopping centre which is sited at the side of the wall itself. We stayed there most of the day and found the who visited well worthwhile. So, anyone visiting the walls, take guided tour if you want, but if you're just being leisurely like we were you can go round in your own time and have just an enjoyable experience. If you walk the way we did, you will have a steep walk uphill at the end.
Written 1 March 2020
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Daniel C
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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 22 August 2020
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njcavalier
Chatham, NJ396 contributions
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Aug 2022
We had a great time walking atop the City Walls of Derry. Historically important, the high walls also offer magnificent views of the city. I recommend that you go with a guide who can enrich the experience with details about the history of the walls as well as the history of Derry itself, with its turbulent past and present peace. But do go. It’s a worthwhile walk.
Written 18 August 2022
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MgtYoung
Darvel, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
Loved the City Walls and my tip would be to look all round you or you might miss something. There can be some steep bits to climb but even if you are like me and find that a struggle, it's worth taking your own time and enjoying it. We downloaded an audio guide for the walk around the walls and I would recommend that or something similar too.
Written 25 June 2022
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donnyMiltonKeynes
milton keynes598 contributions
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Sept 2020
We were staying very close to the Walls so walked on them at various times.

We did a guided walking tour of the city which included explaining about the walls.

Some very interesting history, both modern and much older.

Fascinating to be able to walk all round and to imagine how things have changed in the last 50 years.
Written 27 September 2020
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Amanda A
Bishops Stortford, UK37 contributions
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Feb 2020
I have enjoyed walking the City Walls of Derry with my two young sons. All of us found it interesting, and it is a good walk (or in my sons' case - run). The information is bite size and you can of course read more about it - depending on your circumstances (or if it is soon going to rain!). They are well signposted. They offer a very good view of Derry and they are also very close to Foyle Side. One cannot miss the Derry City Walls if you are in the city and it is also easy to get to the Peace Bridge from there, by the guildhall. Recommended for Families.
Written 28 February 2020
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Robert W
Guildford, UK6,951 contributions
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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 14 February 2021
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ANN M M
Derry, UK167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is a great walk lots to see and full of great historical facts. This is one of the very few intact walled cities in the world. There are several notices throughout the walk with lots of information on the history of the city.
Written 5 March 2020
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David Burke
Cork, Ireland37 contributions
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Jul 2020
This is a great way to view the city while educating yourself on how it has come to be such a divided city. You can see the nationalist murals of the Bogside and the loyalist murals of the Fountain estate from a safe distance. If you read the various information boards you should piece together the historical events which have led to the divisions which still exist. A good way to spend an hour.
Written 27 July 2020
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