Attractions

Top Choice Walls in Derry (Londonderry)

Derry's City Walls

The best way to get a feel for Derry's layout and history is to walk the 1.5km circumference of the city's walls. Completed in 1619, Derry's city walls are 8m high and 9m thick, and are the only city walls in Irelan…
Top Choice Historic Site in Downhill

Downhill Demesne

In 1774 the Bishop of Derry (fourth Earl of Bristol, Frederick Augustus Hervey), built a palatial home amid a 160-hectare demesne. The house burnt down in 1851, was rebuilt in 1876, and abandoned after WWII. The rui…
Top Choice Cathedral in Derry (Londonderry)

St Columb's Cathedral

Built between 1628 and 1633 from the same grey-green schist as the city walls, this was the first post-Reformation church to be erected in Britain and Ireland, and is Derry's oldest surviving building.In the porch (…
Top Choice Museum in County Derry

Seamus Heaney Home Place

Nobel Prize–winning poet Seamus Heaney's hometown of Bellaghy, 54km northwest of Belfast, is the location of a wonderful new museum and arts centre. References in Heaney's poetry to the local landscape, everyday vil…
Top Choice Notable Building in Derry (Londonderry)

Guildhall

Standing just outside the city walls, the neo-Gothic Guildhall was originally built in 1890, then rebuilt after a fire in 1908. Its fine stained-glass windows were presented by the London livery companies, and its c…
Top Choice Museum in Derry (Londonderry)

Tower Museum

Head straight to the 5th floor of this award-winning museum inside a replica 16th-century tower house for a view from the top. Then work your way down through the excellent Armada Shipwreck exhibition, and the Story…
Public Art in Derry (Londonderry)

People's Gallery Murals

The 12 murals that decorate the gable ends of houses along Rossville St, near Free Derry Corner, are popularly referred to as the People's Gallery. They are the work of 'the Bogside Artists', Kevin Hasson, Tom Kelly…
Museum in Derry (Londonderry)

Museum of Free Derry

Just off Rossville St, this excellent museum chronicles the history of the Bogside, the civil rights movement and the events of Bloody Sunday through photographs, newspaper reports, film clips, interactive displays …
Beach in Portstewart

Portstewart Strand

The broad, 2.5km beach of Portstewart Strand is a 20-minute walk south of the centre along a coastal path, or a short bus ride along Strand Rd. Parking is allowed on the firm sand, which can accommodate over 1000 ca…
Church in Derry (Londonderry)

St Columba's Church

Outside the city walls to the southwest is Long Tower Church, Derry’s first post-Reformation Catholic church. Built in 1784 in neo-Renaissance style, it stands on the site of the medieval Teampall Mór (Great Church)…