Points of Interest
Amelia Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author, most famous for being the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic where she landed in a field outside Derry. She was also a best selling author that wrote books on her flying experiences, set other records and firsts, and was important for the founding of the 99s an organization for female pilots. She disappeared in 1937 when trying to circumnavigate the world by plane.
Amelia Earhart Landing
On 20th May 1932 Amelia Earhart set off from Newfoundland Canada aiming for Paris to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. Due to poor weather conditions and mechanical trouble she was forced to cut her journey short instead landing in a field north of Derry. For this feat she received the Distinguished Flying Cross from Congress, the Cross of Knight of the Legion of Honour from the French Government and the Gold Medal of the National Geographic Society from President Herbert Hoover.
Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall
The Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall is dedicated to the memory of the 13 apprentice boys who closed the city gates in 1688. It currently houses the headquarters for the Apprentice Boys of Derry and meeting rooms for other orders; Orange Order, Women’s Orange and The Royal Black Institution.
Artillery Bastion got its name from the artillery stores located next to it, the street next to it is also called artillery Street. Prior to mid-18th century it was called Ferry bastion as it overlooked the location where ferry’s crossed the Foyle. The cannon on a large field carriage was commissioned by the Salters company in 1642 and the damaged cannon on the ship carriage was commissioned by the London Corporation in 1624, the damage on it happened during the siege when a cannon ball exploded while stuck in its muzzle.
Battle of the Atlantic
The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest continuous military campaign in World War II, Britain was dependant on imports and Germany sought to block supplies mostly from America across the Atlantic. Derry ended up as the largest naval base in Western Europe with 140 ships in the fopyle at once at its peak, Ebrington barracks was set up as a shore base called HMS Ferret, which was responsible for 149 escort and anti-submarine vessels.
Bay Road Park
Bay Road Park is a 20 ha local nature reserve on the River Foyle right next to the Foyle Bridge. It has woodland, wildflower meadows, grassland, salt marsh and mudflats as well as a pedestrian and cycle network. There are several types of animals that can be seen including; otters, bats, six priority bird species and butterflies.
Bishop’s Gate was one of the 4 original gates to the city and was named because it was adjacent to the Bishops palace. Originally it would have had a single arch and battlements on top of it and a drawbridge as outside there was a dry ditch to hinder attackers. The gate was extensively remodelled by Bishop Frederick Hervey in 1789 at the centenary of the closing of the gates, turning it into the most extravagant gate of the city. The sculpted head were created by Edward Smyth, the one on the inside represents the River Boyne and the one on the outside represents the River Foyle.
Bloody Sunday was a massacre on 30th January 1972 in the Bogside when 14 civilians were killed and at least 15 were injured by British Paratroopers during a protest match against interment without trial. Inquires after it cleared the soldiers of wrong doing but were widely considered a whitewash, in 1998 a new enquiry “The Savile Enquiry” was started, after 12 years the report branded the killings "unjustifiable".
BNCR Waterside Railway Station
This Victorian Railway Station was built in 1874 by Belfast & Northern Counties Railway, it was one of 4 stations in the city and is now the only one that still exists. It was damaged by bombs forcing it to close in 1980 and be replaced by a smaller station. In 2019 after extensive refurbishment and upgrade the line was moved back to this station.
The Bogside is a neighbourhood outside the city walls of Derry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The large gable-wall murals by the Bogside Artists, Free Derry Corner and the Gasyard Féile (an annual music and arts festival held in a former gasyard) are popular tourist attractions. The Bogside is a majority Catholic/Irish republican area, and shares a border with the Protestant/Ulster loyalist enclave of the Fountain.