No visitor to the county should miss out on a trip to Derry city. Tucked into County Londonderry's northwestern corner, Ulster's second city has an atmosphere and charm all of its own. It's a city steeped in history but with its finger on the pulse, with a thriving arts and music scene and excellent places to eat and drink. To the east of the city, wide sandy beaches line the coast from Magilligan Point to the student town of Coleraine.
Few tourists make it down to the rural villages in the south of the county, but it's worth taking a detour to visit the excellent new Seamus Heaney Home Place, a museum and arts centre dedicated to the Nobel Prize–winning poet, located in his hometown of Bellaghy, north of Lough Neagh.