Iconic Walls turn 400

An exciting programme of events is underway to mark the 400th anniversary of the completion of Derry’s Walls.

From June to September, the historic Walls will be celebrated through dance, music, exhibitions, films, symposiums and much more.

One of the oldest and best-preserved fortifications in Europe, the Walls have witnessed centuries of dramatic and tragic events since the first stones were laid.

The special programme of activities marking this major milestone is led by Derry City and Strabane District Council and its partners The Honourable, The Irish Society – the original builders and owners of the Walls – and the Department for Communities Historic Environment Division.

The Walls 400 programme is also PEACE IV funded by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), and will introduce a series of animation activities and stories from characters who have helped shaped the city’s history, bringing to life the Walls alongside key shared spaces and heritage attractions.

For more information on the Walled City 400 events programme, visit


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