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.