Tower Museum

County: Co. Derry
Tel: 028-7137 2411

The Tower Museum hosts two major historical exhibitions - 'the Story of Derry' and an 'Armada Shipwreck: La Trinidad Valencera'. The Story of Derry charts the development of the city from its early geological beginnings to the present day, using a range of display techniques such as audio-visuals and interactives. The Armada exhibition tells the story of La Trinidad Valencera, one of the largest ships in the Armada Fleet, which sank off the Donegal Coast in 1588 and was discovered by the City of Derry Sub-Aqua club in 1971. The exhibition features many of the artefacts recovered from the sunken ship on loan from the Ulster Museum. The Tower Museum offers an unrivalled visitor experience with two contrasting and complimentary exhibitions and is a unique and innovative resource for schools, locals, families and national and international visitors.

Tower Museum, Co. Derry


General Information

Address: Union Hall Place Derry BT48 LU
Telephone; 028-7137 2411
Location: Derry City Centre, adjacent to Guildhall Square
Season: All Year
Open Times: Sun - Mon: 10.00-18.00 Last entry at 16:30
Tours: Prior booking required for guided tours. Max No: 25, Duration: 1.5 hours. Audio guides are available
Booking Contact: +44 (0)28-7137 2411
Manager: Margaret Edwards
Average Visit Length: 1-2 hours per exhibition
Entrance Fees: Adult: Stg£4
OAP/Student/Child: Stg£2
Family (2A + 3C): Stg£9
(covers both exhibitions)
Audio Visual: Seating: 50, Duration: 20 minutes. Languages: English
Exhibition: Two major international exhibitions that present the history of the city.
Restaurant: No, but Museum is adjacent to many city restaurants
Picnic Area: No
Information Guide: English
Coach Parking: Yes
Group Booking Necessary: Yes
Car Parking: Yes
Disabled Access/Parking: Yes


GAA Schools

The Education department at the Tower Museum offers a range of learning experiences for everyone, whatever your age or level of interest. Activity trails, discussion trails, object handling sessions, interactive workshops and CD Rom workshops relating to the exhibitions at the Tower Museum and the Workhouse Museum are available upon booking

We have a range of activity trails for young people to use while visiting ‘An Armada Shipwreck- La Trinidad Valencera’ exhibition at the Tower Museum and both the ‘Atlantic Memorial’ exhibition and ‘The Workhouse’ exhibition at the Workhouse Museum. These trails help young people to engage actively with the exhibitions. Activity trails are available for under 7s, over 7s, Key Stage 2 pupils and Key Stage 3 pupils

The Object Handling workshop encourages students of all abilities and backgrounds to use their senses and develop observational questioning and problem solving skills. Recognisable and unrecognisable items from ‘An Armada Shipwreck- La Trinidad Valencera’ exhibition are handled and discussed with students. The activity brings this area of history to life in a fun and interesting way. The session concludes with an explanation of each object drawing from the observational experiences of the pupils

 Booking Contact: museums(at)


What was that All About Then? Exhibition

Ireland - What was that All About Then? Exhibition

This is an exhibition based on oral history interviews carried out by Eastside Community Heritage Hidden Histories in the UK with ex British soldiers who served in Northern Ireland and former members of the Troops Out Movement.
For more details please contact museum(at)

Story of Derry

The Story of Derry exhibition has just re-opened following refurbishment. It has been fitted with new display cases, enhanced visitor orientation and a range of updated audiovisuals. Alongside these improvements there are new displays dealing with the 20th century city and taking the Story of Derry up to the 21st century.

Derry city is one of the oldest inhabited settlements in Ireland and has a fascinating history. The Story of Derry exhibition at the Tower Museum uses a wide range of techniques and artefacts to narrate the story from monastic times, Plantation, Siege of Derry, through to the growth of Derry during the 18th and 19th centuries. The city played its own part in the dramatic events of the early 20th century and during Partition. Life during the 20th century is also outlined, in particular the build up to the Civil Rights Movement and the impact of the Troubles on the people living here. The exhibition ends with a glimpse of where the city is today.

An Armada Shipwreck

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An Armada shipwreck – La Trinidad Valencera narrates the story of La Trinidad Valencera, one of the largest ships in the Armada Fleet. In 1588 it foundered in Kinnagoe Bay in Co. Donegal during a violent storm and was discovered nearly 400 years later by divers from the City of Derry Sub Aqua Club. The exhibition tells the story of the people involved, the soldiers and sailors aboard the Trinidad Valencera and the divers and archaeologists who discovered and excavated the ship.
An array of exciting artefacts on loan from the Ulster Museum, recovered from the ship includes cannons, textiles, pottery, wooden bowls, pewter dishes, goblets, coins and shoes along with many other items. Innovative exhibition design and layout encourage a sense of exploration and discovery while audio-visual and interactive displays offer a wealth of information for student, visitor and tourist alike. Audio guides of the exhibition are available in a choice of six languages. There’s also a Discussion Trail, aimed primarily at schoolchildren, which encourages those visiting the exhibition to use lessons from the history of the Elizabethan era to look at conflict resolution in today’s society.

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