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Saint Columba Heritage Centre (Áras Cholmcille) and St Columba’s Church Long Tower
St. Columba's Church Long Tower
St. Columba's Church Long Tower

The Saint Columba’s Heritage Centre (Aras Cholmcille) is located in the restored listed school building in the grounds of the Long Tower Church.

Opened in 1788, this Roman Catholic Church is located outside the City Walls. The present church is built on the site of Roman Catholic worship which goes back as far as the 12th Century. The current church began life in 1783 on the site of the Cathedral of Tempull Mor. Father John Lynch started action to raise funds for the building of the Long Tower Church and he received finance from both Roman Catholics and Protestant people in Derry at the time.

The Saint Columba’s National School, known affectionately locally as the “Wee Nuns’ School”, dates from 1813 and after major restoration provides the city with a centre to promote the heritage and history of Saint Columba, the city’s founding father.

The Heritage Centre exhibition offers a bespoke, interactive experience detailing the extraordinary life of the city's founding father, complimented with a range of artifacts and manuscripts that include a facsimile of the Book of Kells, as well as items and objects relating to the 200 year history of the building.

Opening times

Heritage Centre

April- Oct

Monday - Friday 10:00 - 16:00

October - April

Monday- Friday 11:00 -15:00

Long Tower Church

08:00 - 20:00 daily

Price list

Saint Columba Heritage Centre:

Adults £3

Church - Free

Facilities

  • Family Discount
  • WiFi
  • Parking Available
  • Euro Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Toilets
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite

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Facilities

  • Family Discount
  • WiFi
  • Parking Available
  • Euro Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Toilets
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite
  • Accept Groups/Coach Parties
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Saint Columba Heritage Centre (Áras Cholmcille) and St Columba’s Church Long Tower

Address
59 - 61 Long Tower Street
Derry~Londonderry
County Londonderry
BT48 6QQ
Phone number
T: (028) 7136 8491
Email
Web Address
www.stcolumbaheritagetrail.org

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