We had an early morning flight from Stanstead to Londonderry . Our hotel was next to river Foyle , with a great view of the other side of the river. It is the only remaining complete walled city in Ireland and one of the finest example of a walled city in Europe.
Our first stop was walking over city walls. The Walls are approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) in circumference and which vary in height and width between 3.7 and 10.7 metres (12 and 35 feet), are completely intact. There are 7 gates out of which 4 were original.
Shipquay Gate was one of the four original gates into the 17th-century city. It’s a great viewpoint to look down on Guildhall Square and across to the Peace Bridge. The Tower Museum is well worth a visit and takes you on a high-tech audio-visual narrative tour of the Story of Derry.
Ferryquay Gate is located on the site of one of the four original gates. It was this gate that on December 7th 1688 was closed by the 13 apprentices to prevent Jacobite troops entering the city, leading to the siege of 1689. Butcher’s Gate was also one of the four original city gates.
Double Bastion offers a fine panoramic view over the Bogside and the slopes above, where Jacobite guns were positioned during the 1689 siege.
Then we walked along the pathway to Peace bridge.