The Derry Peace Bridge is a modern bridge that spans the River Foyle in the city of Derry in Northern Ireland… Inaugurated in June 2011, it has become one of the strong symbols of the city! Its unusual design has already made it famous all over the world. To be taken if you are a cyclist or a pedestrian to discover the city better!
The Derry Peace Bridge is one of the city’s remarkable monuments.
It was initially built with a specific objective: to link Ebrington to the city center, two bastions that were once “enemies”, respectively loyalist and nationalist. These two areas used to live enclaved, without any possibility of mixing between the two communities. A sclerotic situation for the city, between its multiple tensions, and the difficulty to move easily from one area to the other.
This is why the idea of building a bridge was born. This allowed to ease the tensions and to fluidify the exchanges and the movements within Derry.
Since then, this bridge is considered a true symbol of renewal. It confirms the will of the people of Derry to coexist in peace.
Even today, the building is still impressive. It connects the Guildhall (city center), to Ebrington Square (Waterside district). Designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, it is 235 meters long and 4 meters wide. Its architecture is original: it is an asymmetrical bridge, supported by 2 inclined pillars, which symbolize the rapprochement and reconciliation of the 2 communities. A beautiful image, which makes the inhabitants of the city proud!
It is pleasant to walk on it: on foot or by bike, the bridge winds pleasantly, and dominates the river Foyle, as well as the surroundings of Derry. It’s a good place to take a look at the charm of the city: very busy, it’s a meeting point for many young people!