City Tours, Derry’s longest established tour guiding company and the St Columba Heritage Centre are working together to give visitors greater opportunities to learn about the rich cultural heritage associated with St Columba.
Groups of ten or more visiting the Centre will get a complimentary guided walking tour of the Walls, courtesy of City Tours and anyone purchasing a City Walking Tours ticket will get free admission to the Centre.
Martin McCrossan said the partnership with The St Columba Heritage Centre is a ‘win win’ situation.
He added that the partnership with The St Columba Heritage Centre is already paying dividends.
“For example, this week we had a group from New York who were travelling around Ireland visiting different locations associated with Christian heritage.
“They did a guided walking tour of the Walls, visited St Columb’s Cathedral and then went to the Heritage Centre. They also managed to fit in a tour of the Long Tower Church with local historian, Ivor Doherty who is also a trustee of the Heritage Centre and group organiser, Fr Henry Reid, had an opportunity to say Mass.”
Mairead Fox, Heritage Centre manager said: “We want to give local people and visitors alike an insight into the life of St Columba. Everyone loves the galleried seating area where short films on The Life of Columba, The Return of Columcille and the Digital Book of Kells are shown; younger children enjoy listening to the stories on the ‘Listening Throne’, while older people appreciate the beautiful exhibits, which include a copy of the Book of Kells, 12th century illustrated manuscripts and ancient Stone Heads.