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Heritage and our historic environment

“Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today and what we pass on to the future.” (UNESCO) 

Council is committed to the conservation, community engagement and celebration of our historic environment.  We value the heritage that has shaped and defined our people and landscape.

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๐Ÿ˜ฎStep into the splendour of Prehen House by checking out our beautiful walkthrough video.

๐Ÿ“œDesigned by renowned architect Michael Priestly and built in 1745, this elegant building is all about proportions creating incredible mathematical harmony.

๐Ÿง It was also home to the famous Knox family, steeped in history legend, all on the banks of the River Foyle.

๐ŸŽฅFilmed as part of Council's Heritage Plan, get the popcorn ready, relax and appreciate the grandeur of this unique local asset.



Our City and District has a rich and diverse historic environment that contributes to our sense of place and history.  Our archaeology and built heritage assets includes many areas and sites of local and international interest.  These assets include monuments such as the City Walls, our conservation areas, listed buildings and numerous protected archaeological remains.


  • Did you know that we have 862 archaeological sites and monuments across the Council area?
  • Most notable are the City Walls, the 14th century Harry Avery Castle (Newtownstewart) and the 15th century Derg Castle (Castlederg).
  • Did you know that there are 128 scheduled Monuments in the Council area as well as 14 monuments in State Care?
  • Did you know that we have 675 Listed Buildings?
  • Did you know that we have 9 registered historic Parks, Gardens and Demesnes and 13 additional parks, gardens and demesnes?

The Historic Environment Map Viewer allows you to see most of the heritage assets identified by the Department for Communities in the council area:

Castlederg Castle, Castlederg

Brooke Park, Derry


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