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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 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 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 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 fraîche) 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 of…
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…
Top Choice Irish in Derry (Londonderry)

Brown's Restaurant

From the outside Brown's may not have the most promising appearance, but step inside and you're in an elegant little enclave of brandy-coloured banquettes and ornate metal light fittings, with vintage monochrome pri…
Top Choice Design in Derry (Londonderry)

Smart Swag

Run by local artists and designers, Smart Swag sells original and unusual pieces such as jewellery made from vinyl records, upcycled furniture, screen-printed T-shirts and dresses and traditional Irish tapestries th…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Derry (Londonderry)

Nerve Centre

Set up in 1990 to encourage young, local talent in the fields of music and film, the Nerve Centre has a performance area, with live music at weekends, a theatre and an art-house cinema. There's also a bar and cafe h…