Derry City

Doire translates as Oak-Grove
Motto : Vita Veritas Victoria………. (Life, Truth, Victory)

These are the most significant landmarks, buildings and monuments in Derry City

One of only a few double decker road bridges in Europe

Craigavon Bridge, Bridge Street, Derry City Craigavon Bridge is the oldest of the three bridges in Derry City. It was built in 1933 and named after Lord Craigavon (the first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland). [...]

Derry – The last walled city to be built in Europe

Derry Walls, Derry City   1618 Not only is Derry the last walled city to be built in Europe, but is also the first planned and only completely walled city in the country and the [...]

The most historic house in Derry and the story of half hanged McNaughton

Prehen House, Prehen, Derry City This early Georgian manor house was built in 1740 with the finest materials for Andrew Knox, M.P for Donegal. It sits on an elevated site overlooking the River Foyle and [...]

A bridge designed to encourage friendship

The Peace Bridge, Derry City The Peace Bridge is a cycle and foot bridge built across the River Foyle. It was officially opened on 25th June 2011 and connects the old army Barracks in Ebrington [...]

One of the few schools in the World that can claim two Nobel laureates

Lumen Cristi College (formerly St Columb’s College), Derry City Lumen Cristi College, located on Bishop Street, Derry City was formerly known as St Columb's College. It was built in 1879 and is one of the [...]

A decision that kicked off the troubles in Northern Ireland….

Magee College, Northland Road, Derry City This elegant building is Magee College, it was built in 1865 to the designs of the Dublin architect Edward Gribben in a Victorian Gothic style. Derry was then a [...]

St Eugene’s bells ring every night at 9 pm as a reminder of the penal laws

According to legend, Eugene was a monk from the Dublin area and foretold the coming of St Columba who in the 6th century a.d. founded a monastery in Derry. By the 12th century this had [...]

The original site of St Columba’s Monastery

St Augustine's Church, Society Street, Derry City St Augustine’s Church was built in a Gothic style in 1872 is locally known as 'The wee church on the walls'. Derry is one of the oldest continuously [...]

Dedicated to the 13 Apprentice Boys who closed the city gates in 1688

The Apprentice Boys of Derry Memorial Hall is located on Society Street in Derry City. The building is dedicated to the memory of the 13 Apprentice Boys who closed the city gates in 1688 when [...]

Wolfe Tone, Eamon de Valera, Executions & Great escapes

This is the last remaining tower of the old Derry Jail located on Bishop Street in Derry City. Derry’s first prison was built around 1620 but was replaced a number of times. This tower dates [...]

Military barracks, MTV & Derry’s new cultural hub

The Clocktower Building is part of the Ebrington Barracks in Derry City that was used for soldiers' quarters and a military hospital. This site was originally known as 'Stronge's Orchard' and saw it's first action [...]

St Columba, Bishop Hervey & A stunning interior

Derry takes it's name from the Irish word 'doire' meaning oak grove. Oak groves were regarded as sacred places for the ancient Celts before Christianity arrived. This area was originally a small wooded island surrounded [...]

A Victorian masterpiece, Big Ben’s little brother, Bombed & burnt (but still telling the time)

The Guildhall, Derry City This impressive piece of architecture is Derry's Guildhall. It was built in 1887 using red sandstone and its eclectic style is described as ‘neo-Gothic with Tudor overtones’. It has the second [...]

The 1st Cathedral built in the British Isles after the Reformation & Derry’s oldest surviving building

St Columb’s Cathedral, London Street, Derry City St Columb's Cathedral was built in 1633 at the highest point in Derry City on the site of a former Cistercian Nunnery. It is Derry's oldest surviving building [...]

Once the World’s leading centre for shirt making

The Star Factory, Foyle Road, Derry City The Star Factory was built in 1899 for The Messrs. Bayer Company. Between 1880 and the 1920s Derry was the principal seat of the shirt industry in the British [...]

The oldest structure in Derry

This is St Brecan's Church located in St Columb's Park and is reputed to be the oldest building in Derry. It was built by Redmond O'Gallagher (the Bishop of Derry) circa 1600. St Brecan was [...]

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