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Derry City Walls

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Published 08/11/2015

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Established under a charter by James I in 1613, Derry is among a small but distinctive coterie of places throughout Europe which have preserved their ancient ramparts. Built between 1614 and 1618, the walls today allow you to get a feel for Derry's deep history by strolling along the parapet walkway and pausing on a platform. 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 atmosphere of this most photogenic of cities. In summer when the walls are awash with tourists, "ambassadors" are on hand to point you the right way.

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Derry, Northern Ireland

Published 08/11/2015


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