Walls of Derry

A walk around the walls in Derry reveal a city crammed full of history, heritage, interest and a vibrant cultural scene.

Derry is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of Walled Cities in Europe. The Walls were built during the period 1613-1618 by the honourable, the Irish Society as defences for early seventeenth century settlers from England and Scotland.

The Walls form a walkway around the inner city and provide a unique promenade to view the layout of the original town which still preserves its Renaissance Style street plan to this day.

The city claims Europe’s largest collection of cannon whose origins are known precisely. Many of them thundered in anger over the two seventeenth century sieges. The cannon are displayed throughout the City Walls with the impressive Roaring Meg located on the double bastion.