Private tour

Derry: Walled City Private Tour

Activity provider: Derry Guided Tours

Derry: Walled City Private Tour

Activity provider: Derry Guided Tours

From US$ 30.95 per person

Explore the history that shaped this part of Ireland and the City of Derry - the only fully walled city in Ireland and Britain. Monasteries, sieges, cannons and rebellions are just some of the historical highlights.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • See the world famous walled city of Derry
  • Walk a full circuit of the walls as you discover the history and the sites
  • Enjoy the best views of this historic city
  • Learn about the past from an expert guide
Full description
Discover the long history of Derry and the surrounding area on this city walls walking tour. Derry is one of the longest continuously used areas of land in Ireland, dating back some six thousand years. This walking tour takes the 1.4 km circuitous route along the walls. Learn how St Colmcille set his monastery on the island of Doire in 546 before going to Iona in the western isles of Scotland, bringing Christianity to Britain. Hear about Queen Elizabeth I's advance into Ulster, bringing Anglicization and the Protestant religion, then the Irish response to this invasion that led to the Nine Years War 1594-1603, ending with the Flight of the Earls in 1607. Discover why the famous City Walls were built, and why the name of the city is still contested following Derry's change to Londonderry under King James I. Immerse yourself in the history of the Siege of Derry, The Fountain Estate, Derry Gaol, the Apprentice Boys, as well as the Great Hunger and emigration.
  • 90 minute private guided walking tour

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    Meeting point

    Tower Museum. Magazine Street just in side the city walls and just off Guildhall Square.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Know before you go

    • There is a slope on the city walls, and although it is short, it is steep. Check in advance if you have mobility issues
    • Come prepared with sensible clothing as the Irish weather can change quickly
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    5 /5

    based on 12 reviews

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    We were guests of Gleann in late May and just had a moment to sit and write about our experience. Gleann's perspective and knowledge of how the past transcends to the current day still resonates with us. His sense of humor and kindness will be one of our most cherished memories during our trip to Northern Ireland. Gleann was able to incorporate a stop off at our son's place of employment in Derry, along with an invaluable conversation along the entire wall and into the Bogside. Gleann's expertise is a five star experience!

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    July 4, 2022

    Gleann is hands down is one of the best tour guides I’ve had the pleasure of learning from. He gave us a completely different perspective of Derry and Belfast. He added to the knowledge we already had. He was funny and answered all questions. There are no words to describe how brilliant this tour was and I would do it again to get more information from him. Every penny spent on this tour was worth it and I’d spend more.

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    May 17, 2022

    Gleann was very knowledgeable and funny and I recommend his tours to anyone. He also runs some of the other tours in Derry and is happy to schedule them back to back.

    February 28, 2022

    Product ID: 122376