About City Sightseeing Derry:
City Sightseeing Derry is a hop-on hop-off bus tour service featuring 7 stops throughout Northern Ireland's second-largest city. It's staffed by a team of professional locals with a passion for the history and culture of their hometown. Hop aboard and hear live English-language commentary about the sights and turbulent events of Derry's recent past, as well as its modern culture and attractions. Pre-recorded commentary is available in the following languages: English, Spanish, German, Italian and French.
- March 18 to October 30, 2018.
- Digital Audio: English, Spanish, French, English, German and Italian.
- Live English-speaking guides on most departures.
Tour Times / Frequency:
- 10:00 to 16:00, every 60 minutes.
- Various, see Itinerary List below.
- 60 minutes.
- Audio Guide (Headphones Included).
- Printed Tour Map & Leaflet.
- Wheelchair Accessible Buses.
| 7 Stops:
- 1) Derry Tourist Information Office.
- 2) The Diamond.
- 3) The Guildhall.
- 4) The Bogside Murals.
- 5) Ebrington Square.
- 6) Nelson Drive Murals.
- 7) The Quay Trail.
Things To See & Do In Derry:
Derry/Londonderry is a city steeped in intriguing social and political history. Its origins are said to go back to the 6th century, when a monastery was founded there by Saint Colmcille. However, it is most strongly associated with the turbulent events of the 17th and 20th centuries.
The 1600s saw warring between the Gaelic Irish and Parliamentarian troops/Protestant colonists, and from the 1960s until 1998 the city was a hotbed of sectarian violence between Protestants and Catholics. While memories of his time continue to stir emotions among older generations, open conflict largely ended after the Belfast Good Friday Agreement. Thanks to this pivotal moment of reconciliation today's visitors are treated to a city comfortable in its rich cultural makeup. It was even awarded the 'UK City of Culture' title in both 2010 and 2013.
Uncover Derry's story by visiting places such as The Guildhall, the Walls of Derry and the Free Derry Corner. The Guildhall, which looks at fist glance like a magnificent church, was constructed in 1887 to serve as the administrative headquarters of the Londonderry Corporation. It derives its name and certain architectural features from its connection to the City of London and its guilds, hence representing an important aspect of Derry's cultural and political history. See the building's 'Big Ben' replica clock tower and 23 stained glass windows, each depicting various trades such as glaziers, ironmongers, skinners and musicians.
The Free Derry Corner is an area of the city situated at the intersection of Lecky Road, Rossville Street and Fahan Street. It is so named because from 1969-72 it was the site of a self-declared autonomous nationalist zone, designated such by the local inhabitants. The area has since become a famous historical landmark, with its distinctive white wall stating: "You are now entering Free Derry" in bold, black lettering. By visiting the corner you can also see several political murals as well as a memorial to the 1981 hunger strikers.
The Walls of Derry are perhaps the city's most iconic and dramatic landmark. They were erected from 1613-1618 to defend Derry's English and Scottish settlers from Irish attackers. At 1.5km in circumference, 12-35ft in width, and with a panoramic walkway around the old inner city, the Walls of Derry are often cited as one of the most beautiful and impressive constructions of their kind in Europe. Not only are the walls well preserved but their original armaments are also still on display. 24 surviving cannons were restored to their former glory in 2005, including 'Roaring Meg', a huge siege mortar cast in 1646.
On the City Sightseeing Derry Tour you'll encounter The Guildhall, Derrys Walls, Free Derry Corner, Craigavon Bridge and sweeping views of the River Foyle. The tour buses run daily from March to October, every hour between 10:00 to 16:00.