Greencastle (Londonderry), Ireland
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Approximately 4½ Hours
Meals not included
A great way to get to know Londonderry, or Derry as it is locally known, is on foot. This comprehensive walking tour will satisfy history buffs and inquisitive travelers alike.
A 45-minute ride from Greencastle brings you to the center of Derry -- an ancient world right in the heart of the city. Watch for the iconic Peace Bridge, designed to form a handshake across the River Foyle and uniting historically separate communities on the two banks.
The spire of St Columb Cathedral, the city's most famed landmark, dominates the cityscape, but even more impressive are the walls that surround the city.
Follow your guide on a walk around the famous walls. Built between 1613 and 1619 to protect Derry from invasion, the walls rise to a height of 26 feet and in places stand 30 feet wide. Stretching a mile around the inner city, the walls' original four gates are still intact.
Historical buildings within the walls include the Guildhall -- a handsome late Gothic building with dozens of stained-glass windows -- and the iconic St Columb's Cathedral, which has stood on this spot since 1633. Outside, the Cathedral's Gothic architecture appears fortress-like, complete with thick, stone walls and arched windows. Inside, you'll find regimental flags, memorials and a large collection of historical items from the siege of 1688. Step inside to discover its many fascinating details. You'll be treated to a recital of Londonderry Air (Danny Boy) on the stunning cathedral organ.
Visit the Chapter House Museum, which houses the original birth, death and marriage records dating back to the 1600s, and the original locks to the city gates.
A walk to Badgers Bar is rewarded by refreshments.
At a nearby shopping center, you'll have almost an hour of free time to browse in the shops and find a perfect memento of your time in Londonderry.
Your colorful and historic tour concludes with a 45-minute drive back to your ship.
Please note: The organist is sometimes not available to play during the visit to the cathedral. Walking is over uneven surfaces with many steps. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. Wear comfortable walking shoes.