Derry-Londonderry declared a United Nations International City of Peace

Derry-Londonderry, a city steeped in history, culture, and reconciliation, has been honoured with the prestigious designation of UN City of Peace.

The United Nations International City of Peace program acknowledges cities worldwide that have demonstrated outstanding efforts in fostering peace, tolerance, and cooperation among their diverse communities. Derry-Londonderry’s transformation into a symbol of peace is a testament to the city’s resilience and dedication to moving on from the past.

Over the years, the city has made tremendous progress in bridging divides, fostering dialogue, and nurturing a culture of understanding among its citizens. The International City of Peace designation serves as a global recognition of these ongoing efforts.

Visitors to Derry-Londonderry can discover a cosmopolitan, creative city steeped in history but it is the warm, witty locals that make the city so special. The hit TV series “Derry Girls” has captivated audiences worldwide with its humour and charm. Set against the backdrop of the city’s tumultuous history, it highlights the resilience of the people of Derry-Londonderry.

The city’s complex history and some of its most compelling events can be explored through a fantastic collection of museums, including the Siege Museum, the Museum of Free Derry and the Tower Museum.

The Tower Museum now has its very own Derry Girls Experience exhibit, with original set pieces and items from the show such as Erin’s diary, furniture and clothes, including the memorable Spice Girls costumes worn by the gang.

A trip to the Bogside area of the city to see the famous murals is a must. Guided tours such as the Free Derry Tour and the Bogside History Tour are excellent for explaining the history of the area.

Derry-Londonderry’s Peace Bridge, a striking architectural marvel that connects communities previously divided by the River Foyle, stands as a symbol of the city’s determination to bring people together.

The ancient city walls, dating back to the 17th century, are the only fully intact city walls in Ireland. They provide a captivating glimpse into the city’s past, offering panoramic views of the cityscape and the River Foyle.

This autumn, the city walls will come alive as Derry-Londonderry plays host to Derry Halloween, Europe’s biggest Halloween festival, from 28 – 31 October.

Derry-Londonderry is now poised to continue its exemplary work as an International City of Peace, inspiring hope and fostering cooperation far beyond its borders. But there’s more to this place than its past. This is a vibrant modern city with a cutting-edge food scene, an exciting cultural life and a pretty impressive ability to enjoy life.