This site was originally known as ‘Stronge’s Orchard’ and was first used for military purposes during the Siege of Derry in 1688/9 when King James’s soldiers bombarded the walled city from this spectacular location on the east bank of the River Foyle. The founding stone of the military base was laid by Viscount Ebrington in 1839 and the base was subsequently opened in 1841 as a Star Fort. The barracks measures some 26 acres and includes 19 buildings, 14 of which are listed. Ebrington was gifted to the NI Executive under the Good Friday Agreement and is now owned by the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister. The entire site is being regenerated as a mixed use site for office, retail, commercial, tourist and residential purposes be an arts and cultural hub for the city. The Clocktower Building and the parade ground were originally used as soldiers’ quarters and a military hospital. These are being transformed into a state-of-the-art multipurpose venue now known as Ebrington Square which are connected to the city by the new Peace Bridge.

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