Bringing our history to life...

Project aims and objectives

The City of Derry˜ Londonderry has a rich Christian Heritage with Saint Columba recognised as patron Saint of the City. This unifying figure and the surrounding rich heritage:

  • Brings our communities together through the symbolic linking of East
    and West banks via to the Trail
  • Links the past with the present and provides an opportunity to reflect
    and heal the division and hurt in our community
  • Contributes to good relations in the City
  • Addresses the shared safe space agenda through cultural
    animation of public realm
  • Enhance tourism

Leaving a legacy

The Columba Heritage Trail is highly symbolic as it utilises the Peace Bridge and part of the walls which is believed to be the original pilgrims trail in to the city. The Trail offers something unique among the range of guided tours in our City – this is the only one that focuses on the City’s shared Christian heritage.

The footsteps of reflection and healing signal a new chapter for the citizens of this City as well as celebrating our shared heritage. The Trail connects the past with the present and articulates the aspirations for the future.


A big thanks to all those involved...

Project Coordinators
Project Coordinators
The Churches Trust

The Churches Trust is an interdenominational organisation representing Churches standing together to improve the situation of those in need. Our Mission is:

To proactively enhance and support the economic, social and cultural development of all communities in a Christian way within the North West region

We deliver a range of services including delivery of training and work placement programmes for the unemployed, Flexicare services for elderly and vulnerable members of our community, and an affordable maintenance and handy person service.

The Columba Heritage Trail embodies the essence of The Churches Trust enabling us to articulate key messages from our Christian forefathers, to celebrate our common Christian Heritage, and to provide this city with an opportunity for reflection and healing - a symbolic linking of our divided city.