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7. St Columb’s Cathedral

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St Columb’s Cathedral

Saint Columb's Cathedral was built in 1633 in a style later called "Planters Gothic' and was the first post-Reformation Cathedral in the British Isles. Displayed in the entrance porch is a cannon shell catapulted into the churtch during the 1688-89 blockade by the besieging army - their terms of surrender were attached.
 
The cathedral was used as a battery during the siege, its tower serving as a lookout post; today it provides the best view of the old city. The present spire dates from the late Georgian period, its lead covered wooden predecessor having been stripped to fashion bullets and cannon shot during the siege.
 
Inside, an open-timbered roof rests on sixteen stone corbels carved with figures of past bishops. Hanging above the nave are French flags captured in the siege, and others brought back from various military expeditions. 
 
In the chapterhouse museum are more relics of the siege, including the padlocks and keys used to lock the city gates.

St Columb’s Cathedral Address: 
St Columb's Cathedral
Londonderry, BT48 6LZ
Northern Ireland, UK

St Columb’s Cathedral Opening Times: 
April to September, Monday to Saturday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
October to March, Monday to Saturday 9.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

St Columb’s Cathedral Admission:
£2.00 or €3.00 per person
Special Rate for school groups
Groups welcome

T  +44 (0)28 7126 7313

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