Things to do in Derry / North West / N. Ireland
County Derry_Londonderry is the European City of Culture 2013 ,it makes up one of the six counties of Northern Ireland. It is located towards the northwest of the province and lies on the west bank of the River Foyle. It also sits on the border with County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland. It is home to beautiful landscape and important historical buildings including the famous City Walls of Derry and the Mussenden Temple.
The county is home to Londonderry, also known as Derry, and one of five cities in Northern Ireland. It is a 6th century city which is full of history, culture and creativity. It successfully preserved its great 17th century defensive Walls, which in fact were never breached. Meander through the bustling city streets and listen to the echoes of 1450 years of history, marvel at the ever-changing skyline of the city or explore the greater area of County Londonderry with its beautiful green landscape and interesting towns and villages such as the popular seaside resort of Portstewart, Magherafelt and Castlerock.
European City Of Culture 2013
The vibrant city of Derry~Londonderry is a must see destination thanks to it’s historic local attractions, an action packed calendar of events and a unique heritage.
Take a trip back in time strolling along the famous 17th century Walls. Celebrating their 400th birthday in 2013, here are one of the most intact city walls in Europe, and the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland. The walls make a perfect location for photos with stunning views over the cityscape and River Foyle.
Nestling just inside the walls is St Columb’s Cathedral, the first cathedral of its type built after the Reformation in 1633, making it the oldest building in the city. Dedicated to the name of Saint Columba (Columb), an Irish monk who established a Christian settlement in the city in the sixth century, the cathedral is a treasure trove of historical interest. Its Chapter House Museum has a display of artefacts dating from the Siege of Derry in 1689. It is also home to the original padlocks and keys of the four original gates of the city walls.
The city is home to the Museum of Free Derry, the Tower Museum, The Apprentice Boys of Derry Association and Memorial Hall, which all have their unique part of the city’s heritage to tell.
Since it was opened in June 2011, the Peace Bridge has become one of the city’s main attractions to tourists and locals alike. The pedestrian and cycle Peace Bridge links the newly opened public space at Ebrington Square. Measuring over five acres in size, it is larger than Trafalgar Square in London and will become a new cultural hub for the city hosting key events throughout the UK City of Culture 2013.
The city really is a shopper’s paradise with something to suit every taste and pocket. Among the many meccas for indulgence is; Foyleside Shopping Centre, the Richmond Shopping Centre and don’t miss the unique Craft Village. Derry~Londonderry is also home to Austin’s Department Store – the oldest independent department store in the world which is renowned, not only for its high street fashion but, for its impressive range of Irish Crystal, giftware and linens.
After a day of sightseeing, check out one of the city’s many restaurants for a well deserved bite to eat. Whether you’re looking for contemporary cuisine, a fine dining experience or somewhere to re-fuel the kids, you’ll find it all here in Derry~Londonderry.
Guided Tour of City Walls
Listed by Lonely Planet as ‘Worlds 4th Best City to Visit in 2013’ and as one of the World’s 1001 Historic Sites You Must See Before You Die (UNESCO)
The City is the only remaining completely Walled City in Ireland and one of the finest examples in Europe.
Take a guided tour around these walls with one of the many tour guides available in the city.
Derry~Londonderry’s Rich Built Heritage
Located around the city walls are a number of iconic buildings, each of which are important in the history of the city. These key buildings include:
• The Playhouse Theatre
This famous historic listed building has recently been beautifully restored and makes an ideal and unique location to visit. The Theatre features a year round programme of local, national and international Theatre, Dance and Comedy performances.
• St. Columb’s Cathedral
St. Columb’s Church of Ireland Cathedral was the first cathedral in the British Isles after the Reformation. It is the City’s oldest and most historic building. The adjoining Chapter House Museum contains displays and artefacts from the Siege of 1689.
Causeway Coast & Glens: The Causeway Coastal Route is rated as one of the Top Five Road Trips worldwide and when you drive it, you’ll see why. It’s an ever changing tapestry of scenery and colours, set against a dramatic coastal backdrop that will take your breath away – the perfect place for a leisurely tour.
Brookhill House – Self catering accommodation in City of Derry – Londonderry
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