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  • Available only May 18, 2022!

Derry Standpipe Tour

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Adult Ages 18+

A rare chance to be inside the Thomas Hill Standpipe!
One day only – May 18th, 2022.

Please join us for a 2-hour narrated driving tour of Derry that will conclude at the Thomas Hill Standpipe, also known as The Derry Standpipe. 

Built in 1897, this historic landmark has always been a favorite stop on our tours but we have never been able to take our passengers inside. For the first time ever, we have designed a tour that includes going inside the standpipe and climbing the 100 steps to the observation deck. At the top you can enjoy panoramic views of “Derry.”

And yes, there is a rumor that the standpipe is haunted.

In recent years, the Bangor Water Works has opened the standpipe to the general public only 4 times a year. Due to covid, the standpipe has been closed for the last 2 years. It is our feeling that because of the long wait to get back in, the crowds may be larger than previous years so our first tour will be a limited group tour.

Although the driving portion of this tour will be abbreviated, we will still visit popular locations like the Paul Bunyon statue, the Kings’ house, and Mt. Hope Cemetery. 

PLEASE READ: If you want to climb to the top of the water tower you must be able to climb up and down the 100 steps. The standpipe is NOT handicap accessible. If you are concerned about Covid, please keep in mind the internal standpipe stairs are confining, and social distancing is difficult on the promenade deck. If you don’t like heights, this tour may not be for you. If you are claustrophobic, this tour might not be for you. The Derry Standpipe Tour will not be open to children under 11. 

Covid guidelines or restrictions for access have not been issued yet. At a minimum, we expect masks to be required. As soon as we know the established guidelines, we will post them.

This tour does not include access to the King house.  The King house is the location of the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation and is not open to the public.