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"Walk in the Footsteps of History" Tour

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 12 reviews.Londonderry, United Kingdom

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Experience hosted by David

2 hours
Up to 9 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

In my city walking based tours, you will walk a complete circuit on and around the 400 year old historic walls of Derry/Londonderry, and you have the additional option to do a visit to the Guildhall, the city's town hall, as well as crossing the 2011 built modern peace bridge.
The walls of the city were built between 1613-1619 and as we walk on and around the 1.5 km circumference in an approximate 1.5 hours, I will tell the history of the city from its BC origins, to the monastery of St Columba in 542 AD, coming of the Vikings, the Normans, and Irish and Scottish chieftains and clans, the coming of the English and Scottish planters in the 1600's, the 3 sieges of the city and in particular the Great Siege of 1688-1689, part of a major European conflict, emigration to the USA after the penal laws and Irish potato famine, industralisation,bridge building, railways and shirt factories, and its role in 2 World Wars, Partition, the Cold War and the recent Troubles and Peace Process.

If the dates or times you are interested in are not initially listed as available, please send me a message/question and I may be able to arrange a customised tour for your group.
In my city walking based tours, you will walk a complete circuit on and around the 400 year old historic walls of Derry/Londonderry, and you have the additional option to do a visit to the Guildhall, the city's town hall, as well as crossing the 2011 built modern peace bridge.
The walls of the city were built between 1613-1619 and as we walk on and around the 1.5 km circumference in an approximate 1.5 hours, I will tell the history of the…

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Sun, 20 Sep
11:30 - 13:30
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Sun, 20 Sep
15:30 - 17:30
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Mon, 21 Sep
11:30 - 13:30
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Meet your host, David

Host on Airbnb since 2019
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I run a part-time tour guiding business called Derrie Danders Walking Tours.
I am a local based guide in Derry/Londonderry and was born and bred in the city and have lived there most of my life.
I am an accountant by profession but history is my passion. My work has allowed me to travel extensively in Europe and having taken many tours from local guides, I believe I know what makes a good tour for my guests and seek to deliver this.
I encourage visitors to "Linger longer in Londonderry and enjoy a dander around Derry"
I strive to be politically neutral and historically accurate and cover the whole history of my home city from its origins to the modern day.
I do not focus on the difficult period known as the Troubles between 1969-1994, preferring to cover the resulting peace process instead.
I run a part-time tour guiding business called Derrie Danders Walking Tours.
I am a local based guide in Derry/Londonderry and was born and bred in the city and have lived there most of my life.
I am an accountant by profession but history is my passion. My work has allowed me to travel extensively in Europe and having taken many tours from local guides, I believe I know what makes a good tour for my guests and seek to deliver this.
I encourage visitors to "Linger longer in London…
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Where you'll be

Walls of the City - their historical significance
Guildhall - our town hall
Playhouse - site of convent and schools
St Columb's Cathedral - oldest building in city
Double Bastion - panoramic of Bogside area
St Augustine's Church - site of St Columban Monastery
First Derry Presbyterian Church
Sallyport in Fountain - (not many locals even know it exists)
I can offer discounted access to the Tower Museum for your Group after the tour.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 12 reviews.

Anna
October 2019
We had a wonderful and interesting tour of Londonderry exploring the rich history of the city from the walls. Davis was an excellent guide who has a lot of insights to offer. Our tour was the perfect introduction to Londonderry.
Denise
September 2019
Great and informative tour, covering a lot of Derry's long history. You get to walk the city walls and get an insight into how it developed and some of the friction that existed over the years. David is super knowledgeable and you can tell that he is very passionate about the city and its history. I really recommend this tour!
Great and informative tour, covering a lot of Derry's long history. You get to walk the city walls and get an insight into how it developed and some of the friction that existed ov…
Willie
September 2019
My wife and I really enjoyed the time. David was very responsive and informed and shared a tremendous amount of knowledge. We could have spent a lot longer with him. Great experience
Heather
September 2019
Do yourself a favor and book David's tour! We had a rich and informative experience. David has a deep passion for his city of Derry/Londonderry and its vibrant history. He pays equal attention to all 400 years of the City's walled history and provides a remarkably unbiased perspective on the more recent Troubles. We walked away with a deep appreciation for The Walled City and wished we had stayed longer in this charming place. We could have spent all day with David and enjoyed every single illuminating moment of our time with him. We hope to be back some day, and if we are lucky enough to do so, we will definitely book some additional time with David!
Do yourself a favor and book David's tour! We had a rich and informative experience. David has a deep passion for his city of Derry/Londonderry and its vibrant history. He pays eq…
Carol
August 2019
We would definitely recommend this tour of Derry - David was very knowledgable on the history of the city and neutral. The tour takes you off the wall to unexpected places !! He was very friendly and amicable We were very lucky as we had a private tour although this was unexpected!
We would definitely recommend this tour of Derry - David was very knowledgable on the history of the city and neutral. The tour takes you off the wall to unexpected places !! He w…
Maeve
August 2019
I was the only guest on the tour that I signed up for, so it was nice being able to speak to David one on one the whole time. He took me along the walls of the city and stopped every now and then to explain important points, structures and art pieces. David is extremely knowledgeable about the city’s history and the fun facts he threw in made the tour even more interesting.
I was the only guest on the tour that I signed up for, so it was nice being able to speak to David one on one the whole time. He took me along the walls of the city and stopped eve…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 9 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

More tips

As the Walls are 400 years old and built on a hill, a moderate level of fitness is required. Some locations are not accessible by wheelchair but if advised in advance, I can modify the route so that most guests can participate.