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Derry City Walls
Derry City Walls Review
In 2013, Derry's famed walls celebrated their 400th anniversary with a series of events run as part of the U.K. City of Culture year. Established under a charter by James I in 1613, the walls took from 1614 to 1618 to build. Today, most of the life of the city takes place outside these walls—they're among a small but distinctive coterie of places throughout Europe which have preserved their ancient ramparts—and you can get a feel for Derry's deep history by strolling along the parapet walkway. Pierced by eight gates (originally four) and as much as 30 feet thick, the gray-stone ramparts are only 1½ km (1 mile) all around. On your walk, take a break at a strategically placed café or simply drink in the historic atmosphere of this most photogenic of cities. In summer when the walls are awash with tourists, Ambassadors are on hand to help show you around.
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