Why we like Martin McCrossan City Tours Walking Tour
Get the unique experience of walking atop the historic city walls of Derry Londonderry with the guide’s presentation weaving together some key points of Northern Ireland’s history into the commentary, making this an excellent tour for tourists.
Good to know
Derry Londonderry is one of the few cities in the United Kingdom and Ireland with a complete enclosing city wall. The 17th-century walls boast seven gates and a paved pedestrian path tops the walls. The city is steeped in history and the wall provides a perfect platform from which to tell the story. Note that the you can access the city walls yourself at any time if the tour is not for you, but we recommend it!
Tour Length: 1 hour 15 minutes (more or less)
When: Every day whatever the weather; 10.00am, 12.00 noon, 2.00pm + 4.00pm
Where: The start is well signposted, outside the Ferryquay Gate entrance to the Foyleside Shopping Centre on Bridge Street. 11 Carlisle Road, BT48 6JJ –
Tickets: Pay the guide directly. No pre-booking required although you can book private tours.
Walking the Walls Walk…
I have done the tour twice now, each time with a different out-of-town visitor, giving an indication of the quality of the tour. On the second occasion I picked up quite a bit of information I had missed the first time there’s that much to hear about!
There is no need to book the tour, and the company website promises that the tours take place every day, no matter the weather. Show up at the clearly signed meeting point and the guide kicks off with a quick introduction and your first instalment of city history before taking you up on the walls for more.
The first tour was busier with about 30 attendees, the second tour with around 20; what this does mean is that you have to gather in close to hear the guide at the busy road-side start point. Once on the walls, things are easier going and the guide manages to talk while walking backwards so for much of the tour you are on the move.
Expect to hear about the history of the city’s name, how the city came into being, about the Siege of Derry, King William and King James, what the marches are all about, Derry during WWII, a few of the city’s famous characters, Bloody Sunday and ‘The Troubles’, and the more recent peace time, and much more, all told with balance and humour. Amongst other things, you’ll see and learn about the significance of the Fountainside, the Bogside, peace murals and the original catwalk.
The walks ends back where it starts with a complimentary cup of tea at Java, just inside the city walls.
Pushchair friendly? Moderately – the top of the walls is paved with stones. Be prepared to carry the chair up and down a few stairs
What if it rains? Rain in Northern Ireland is usually just a passing thing so go with a hooded raincoat, preferably, and/or an umbrella.
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