Some of the most important events in the Glorious Revolution of 1688, following Parliament’s invitation to William of Orange to replace King James II, were the battles that took place in Ireland as James tried to regain his throne. The Siege of Londonderry was central to that story, remembered as much for the fortitude of the besieged as the war of which it was part.
This short guide to the Walled City is a journey along the Siege Heroes trail, starting at the Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall and moving anti-clockwise around the famous Walls. It also provides a history of the Associated Clubs of the Apprentice Boys of Derry and an explanation of the events that are part of the Apprentice Boys Annual Commemorations.
Welcome to historic Londonderry, home of the Associated Clubs of the Apprentice Boys of Derry. The Association comprises of around 10,000 members affiliated to eight Parent Clubs. These Parent Clubs are named after Siege Heroes and are known as the Apprentice Boys of Derry Club, Walker Club, Mitchelburne Club, No Surrender Club (named after the famous Siege proclamation), Browning Club, Baker Club, Campsie Club, and Murray Club.
Apprentice Boys Clubs are located all across Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Canada and the Republic of Ireland. The establishment of these Clubs is for the purpose of commemorating the Anniversaries of the Shutting of the Gates and the Relief of Londonderry; to keep alive the memory of the people and events of the years 1688 and 1689 connected with the City.