Saturday 8th September 2018.

Derry Walls Day 2018

Screen Shot 2018-09-06 at 22.43.07In 1618, Captain Nicholas Pynnar, the King’s Inspector of Fortifications in Ireland was commissioned to survey new fortifications in Ulster including the Derry Walls. 400 years on, do your own survey of the Derry Walls, with The Surveyor’s Treasure Hunt, exploring historic buildings, talking with characters from the walled city’s past and winning prizes. The Surveyor’s Treasure Hunt will be available on Saturday morning and can be picked up from the Verbal Arts Centre or any of the venues around the Walled City open for European Heritage Open Days.

You  can download the full programme Derry Walls Day 2018 Flyer.

Sat 10am Archaeology Talk and Walking Tour

The Archaeology of the Lost Citadel

IMG_2046A 90 minute archaeological and historical walking tour of the Cathedral Churchyard and Church Bastion looking for evidence of the Citadel built by the Parliamentary garrison, after the 1649 Siege. The tour will be led by Dr Brian Scott, Archaeologist and Author, and Mark Lusby, Historical Researcher. As part of the tour, you will help mark out the layout of citadel around the Cathedral.

Reserve your place.

Let the organiser know about any accessibility  needs and we will try to accommodate them.

Sat 11am  Sketching and History Walking Tour

Sketch the Derry Walls

IMG_3594A 90 minute guided sketching and historical walking tour of the Derry Walls and the Walled City. The tour will be led by Rebecca Mulhern, Visual Artist and Mark Lusby, Historical Researcher. Ideal for anyone who wants to try sketching for the first time or who wants something different to sketch. All you need to bring is a sketch pad and a drawing pen or pencil. Dress appropriately for the weather but if the weather proves impossible, we’ve a spectacular indoor location for some interior architectural  sketching instead.

Reserve your place 

Let the organiser know about any accessibility  needs and we will try to accommodate them.

Sat 10am-4pm  Walls400 1619-2019  

One Day Exhibition, Verbal Arts Centre

Through a combination of historic maps and large scale photographs, be part of building knowledge about the evolution of the Derry Walls over four centuries.




Look at the amazing heritage illustration of the Walled City of March 1619, created by JG O’Donoghue working in concert with archaeologists and historians, and discuss with the Walls Friends, on duty, any omissions or corrections needed.



Add to our knowledge of the Walled City in Victorian Times using the highly magnified sections of the famous Lawrence Collection photographs to help us identify people and business and other amazing details.

And as if the above events weren’t enough to keep you engaged, Derry Strabane Council is providing a programme of living history on and around the Derry Walls on Saturday from 1pm. 


See What’s on Derry and Strabane for details.


Sunday 9th September 12 noon until 4pm


In partnership with The Siege Museum


Thank you to the Heritage Council of Ireland and Derry Strabane Council for providing grant aid to the Friends of the Derry Walls for Derry Walls Days 2018 and other events between now and next spring.