The Walled City 400 Years


This year marks the 400thanniversary of the completion of the Derry Walls., 

Built from 1613-1619 by The Honourable The Irish Society as a defence for early seventeenth century settlers from England and Scotland. The Walls are the largest ancient monument in Northern Ireland, the only remaining complete Walled City in Ireland and one of the finest examples of Walled Cities in Europe. 

The walls, which are approximately one mile (1.6km) in circumference and vary in height and width between 3.7 and 10.7 metres, are completely intact and form a walkway around the inner city. Visitors can walk around the top of the ramparts, which provides and elevated promenade to see how the city has developed.

Summer Programme of Events

To mark this significant anniversary a full and vibrant programme of events has been developed which provides a great opportunity for both visitors and locals alike to experience the Walled City at its very best. 

Featuring an eclectic range of musical ensembles, dance audio plays, historical and contemporary exhibitions, symposiums, films, living archaeology demonstrations, workshops, visual arts exhibitions and much more. 

Part of this programme is PEACE IV funded by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), and introduces some of the lively characters who have helped shaped the city’s history. The programme aims to chart the progress of peace and the various cultures from over the centuries through animation and stories.

The celebration of the 400th anniversary of the completion of the Walls programme will provide a great opportunity for both visitors and locals alike to experience the Walled city at its very best. See our programme of events here

For more events taking place in the Walled City, then click here







Check out our Visit Derry map and download our visitor guide here. The Walled City is geographically idyllic and situated between the Wild Atlantic Way and the Causeway Coastal Route. There is so much to do and see in and around the city and region. To avail of some of the wonderful short break offers, click here.