St Columb’s Cathedral

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St Columb’s Cathedral

St Columb’s Cathedral was built to serve the diocese of Derry. Work on the new cathedral was began in 1628 under the direction of Sir John Vaughan, governor of the city of Londonderry.  It was completed in 1633. The building contractor was William Parrott and it cost £4,000, paid for by the Irish Society of London. A commemorative stone, now in the tower, reads: ‘If stones could speake then London’s prayse should sounde who built this church and cittie from the ground’. In 1635 Bishop Bramhall of Derry recommended that the new cathedral in Derry be called after St Columba, the ‘first planter of faith in those parts’.

It was in the cathedral that the Solemn League and Covenant was signed by the townspeople of Derry in 1644, having been brought there by Reverends Adair and Weir, despite initial opposition from the mayor and other leading citizens. During the siege of 1689, when two cannon were mounted on the cathedral’s tower, St Columb’s was used by both Anglicans and Presbyterians. The churchyard has many interesting memorials to the leading inhabitants of the city and surrounding district.


St Columb’s Cathedral, London Street, Londonderry, County Londonderry, BT48 6RQ

Further Information

Telephone: 028 7126 7313

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday 09:00 – 17:00.