River Foyle at Londonderry, Northern Ireland

This morning, we departed our hotel on the outskirts of Londonderry and walked about 1 mile along the bank of the River Foyle into central Londonderry. Here we joined a small group walking tour which to or within sight of:

  • Historic 17th century city walls, the most complete in U.K.
  • Church of Ireland Cathedral.
  • 17th century cannons.
  • A portioned area containing an isolated and gated Protestant community.
  • The Catholic, Bogside area with extensive murals influenced by the infamous ‘troubles’ of 1970s and 1980s.
  • Various churches.
  • The early 20th century, Guildhall.
  • City centre and war memorial.
  • Peace Bridge over the River Foyle.

City Gate, Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Mural in Bogside, Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Here is a video clip of the Bogside area of Londonderry.

Bogside, Londonderry, Northern Ireland

War Memorial in Londonderry City Centre, Ireland

Peace Bridge, Londonderry, Northern Ireland

City Wall, Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Irish Pub, Derry, Ireland.

Our guide was very objective and provided a non-partisan history of Londonderry dating from the original English Plantations ( colony) of the 16th and 17th centuries through the mass emigrations of the 19th and 20th centuries, key strategic role in WW2 to the sectarian conflicts and civil rights movements of the 1970s and 1980s.

Londonderry ( or Derry) gives an impression of being at peace with itself and provides a good tourist destination.

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