Things to do in Derry

Ranked by Lonely Planet as the fourth best city to visit in 2013 and awarded the first ever UK City of Culture for 2013 Derry is most certainly the place to be! Londonderry, Derry, Doire or even 'Legenderry' as it has been recently renamed, is a centre of culture and creativity. In recent years the city has unveiled to all-comers the creative vibrancy of spirit that has always been apparent to those who knew her best.

The Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way is the spectacular coastline of the West of Ireland, stretching from Co.Donegal in the North right down through 7 counties to the most southern point of Ireland in Co.Cork. This touring route is a perfect way to explore the breathtaking scenery the west Coast and some of the greatest attractions that Ireland has to offer.

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The Giant’s Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway is a must see, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt, it is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland. Located only 45 mins from the hotel it is steeped in myth and legend and has attracted visitors for centuries with its outstanding natural beauty.

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The Apprentice Boy’s Memorial Hall

The Apprentice Boy’s Memorial Hall is where the Siege of Derry celebrations take place each year and it is well worth a visit. One building that amazingly survived the Siege of Derry is the magnificent St Columb’s Cathedral. Built in 1633, the cathedral is the city’s most historic building and is filled with centuries of relics and artefacts.

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The Guildhall

The Guildhall is a beautiful building and is well worth taking time to see. It is located in the heart of the city, just outside the city walls and close to the Peace Bridge. Fashioned in neo-gothic style, the Guildhall is one of the most striking buildings in the North West and was originally built in 1887 by The Honourable Irish Society. The red sandstone building is of neo-gothic architecture, with Tudor overtones. The Guildhall contains stunning examples of stained glass windows and visitors will be intrigued by its unique history and appeal. The staircase, main hall organ and corridors give a fascinating insight into this distinctive building.

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Harbour Museum

The Harbour Museum places its emphasis on not so dry land focusing on the city’s maritime connections. Londonderry’s mighty City Walls may never have been breached, but throughout the years many of the city’s ancient buildings were destroyed by the many sieges on them. The Walls will celebrate their 400th anniversary this year and having been listed as one of the 'World's 1001 Historic Sites You Must See Before You Die (UNESCO)', this is the year to come see them!

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Tower Museum

Tower Museum tells the story of Derry’s history, from its geological formation millions of years ago, right up to the present day, covering everything from the Plantation, through to the Siege of Derry and the city’s troubled political past. The museum also houses the Armada Shipwreck exhibition which deals with the recovery of La Trinidad Valencera which was shipwrecked off the coast of Donegal in 1588.

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