The Guildhall


This very beautiful neo-gothic red sandstone building, renovations of which precluded my entry in 2013, is the City Hall and seat of the Derry City Council. It is very much worth a look. Continue reading “The Guildhall”


Blue Coat School Visitor Centre


To the rear of First Derry Presbyterian Church is a refurbished Blue Coat School, now home to the The Blue Coat School Visitor Centre. This centre is a small museum on the history of Church, the history of Presbyterians in the city (and beyond) and the role Presbyterians played in the 1689 Siege of Derry. Continue reading “Blue Coat School Visitor Centre”

Roaring Meg and other Cannons


As you stroll along Derry City Walls you can’t fail to notice an abundance of old cannons. The majority of these cannons, and many more no longer in existence, were presented to the Plantation Settlers of the City in the early 1600s by various London livery companies – including Fishmongers, Grocers, Salters, Merchant Taylors and Vintners – under the auspices of The Honourable, The Irish Society. Continue reading “Roaring Meg and other Cannons”

Cathedral Church of St Columb’s


This Cathedral is a must see on your visit to Derry as it is inexorably linked with so much of the history of this City.

St Columb’s Cathedral, in Planter’s Gothic style, was built between 1628 and 1633, around 10 years after the City Walls were completed, making it the first Cathedral to be erected in the British Isles after the Reformation. It is the oldest building in the City and the mother church of the Church of Ireland Diocese of Derry and Raphoe and the parish church of Templemore. It is dedicated to Saint Columba, the Irish monk who established a Christian settlement in the area in the sixth century. Continue reading “Cathedral Church of St Columb’s”