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 action during the Siege of Derry in 1688/9 when King James’s soldiers bombarded the city walls from this location on the east bank of the River Foyle. The founding stone was laid by Viscount Ebrington in 1839 and the base was subsequently opened 2 years later 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 being regenerated as a cultural hub for the city holding major events like the Radio 1 Big Weekend Festival and the MTV music awards. It is now connected to the city by the Peace Bridge.