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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 Londonderry

Seamus Heaney Home Place

Nobel Prize–winning poet Seamus Heaney's home town 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 vi…
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 Bistro in Portstewart

Harry's Shack

Bang on Portstewart Strand beach, this National Trust–owned wooden shack has one of the north coast's best restaurants (book ahead for lunch and dinner). Harry's uses fruit, vegetables and herbs from its own organic…
Top Choice Street Food in Derry (Londonderry)

Pyke 'n' Pommes

Derry's single-best eatery is this quayside shipping container. Chef Kevin Pyke's delectable, mostly organic burgers span his signature Notorious PIG (pulled pork, crispy slaw, beetroot and crème fraiche) and Vegand…
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…
Top Choice Pub in Derry (Londonderry)

Peadar O'Donnell's

Done up as a typical Irish pub/grocery (with shelves of household items, shopkeeper's scales on the counter and a museum's-worth of old bric-a-brac), Peadar's has rowdy traditional-music sessions every night and oft…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Derry (Londonderry)

Walled City Brewery

Housed in the former army barracks on Ebrington Sq, Walled City Brewery is an exciting new craft brewery and restaurant run by master brewer and Derry local James Huey. As well as having 10 craft beers on tap, Walle…