Londonderry, Co. Londonderry
Standing on a hill in the Foyle estuary this historic city which dates back to 546 AD, has a modern attitude and is wonderfully compact with a whole host of attractions contained within the city walls.
The city contains an array of historic buildings, excellent restaurants, lively pubs, theatres such as the Millennium Forum Theatre (+44 (0) 28 264426) and great shopping including a craft village in the city centre. Local attractions include the award winning Tower Museum (+44 (0) 28 7137 2411, open all year), which gives visitors a wonderful insight into the city’s history, the Foyle Valley Railway Centre (+44 (0) 28 71 265234), the Harbour Museum (+44 (0) 28 71 377331), and St Columb’s Cathedral (+44 (0) 28 71 267 313).
The famous walls of the city offer visitors one of the finest and best preserved of all the town fortifications in Ireland, a walk along these historic walls is a must for any visitor, from which scenic views across the River Foyle can be enjoyed.
The city’s well known Guildhall (+44 (0) 28 7137 7335) built in neo-gothic style houses various artefacts and acts as a civil and cultural centre for Derry.
Local activities include an 18 hole championship golf course at the City of Derry Golf Club (+44 (0) 28 7143 6369), and anglers will enjoy the Foyle river system famous for its salmon or a trip to the Oaks Trout Fishery (+44 (0) 28 8224 4932), a 15 acre spring fed lake with a healthy stock of rainbow trout.
The nearby Ness Wood Country Park is a beautiful spot for walking, offering 50 hectares of mixed woodland and includes a spectacular waterfall.