Derry ~ Londonderry
UK City of Culture 2013
ElaghVale B+B is Approx. 10 minutes from the heart of the UK City of Culture 2013.
Derry~Londonderry made history after winning its bid to be the first ever UK City of Culture in 2013. The momentous win meant that in 2013 Derry~Londonderry played host to a year-long celebration of culture in the city, opening its doors to visitors from across the world.
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Derry ~ Londonderry walled City
Among the many historic monuments in Derry, the massive city Walls on the west bank of the River Foyle are the most striking and memorable.
Built between 1614 and 1619, the original Walls are almost perfectly preserved today, making Derry one of the finest examples of a walled city in Europe. Using earth, lime and local stone (some from ruined medieval monastery buildings) Peter Benson from London skillfully constructed the thick defensive ramparts and angular artillery bastions following closely the design of Sir Edward Doddington of Dungiven.
St Columba Trail
Derry is closely linked to the story of Colmcille. Colmcille is said to have set sail from Derry to found his new monastery in Iona in 563 and, in the centuries that followed, the monastery in Derry became an important part of the Columban ‘familia’ or community of monasteries, with monks travelling by boat between the two places and beyond.
Visit Derry to discover the story of the Columban monastery and how the life of Colmcille is still commemorated in the city today.
The recently opened Peace Bridge (June 2011), is a new walk and cycle bridge across the River Foyle, and is the city’s third river crossing.
Costing over £14m to build, the bridge is designed for pedestrians and cyclists, and crosses the river from behind the Guildhall to the former Parade Ground at Ebrington Barracks – linking the Walled City to the new developments at Ebrington and St. Columb’s Park.