This post is based on images and information obtained during an escorted small a small group walking tour which took us to (or within sight of):
- Historic 17th century city walls, the most complete in U.K.
- Church of Ireland Cathedral.(Protestant)
- 17th century cannons.
- A portioned area containing an isolated and gated Protestant community.
- The Catholic, Bogside area with extensive murals influenced by the infamous ‘troubles’ of 1970s and 1980s.
- Various churches.
- The early 20th century, Guildhall.
- City centre and war memorial.
- Peace Bridge over the River Foyle.
Our guide was very objective and provided a non-partisan history of Londonderry dating from the original English Plantations ( colony) of the 16th and 17th centuries through the mass emigrations of the 19th and 20th centuries, key strategic role in WW2 to the sectarian conflicts and civil rights movements of the 1970s and 1980s.
Londonderry (or Derry) gives an impression of being at peace with itself and provides a good tourist destination.