Attractions

The authentic Walled City Experience awaits visitors to Derry. The city has a rich and varied cultural heritage and the City Walls are home to a number of museums, galleries and theatres, as well as thriving musical and literary scenes.

Step back in time and relive the city’s past on a historic Walled City Guided Walking Tour, Bus Tour or Taxi Tour, where you’ll discover a wealth of history, including the unexpected landing of Amelia Earhart on her historic solo flight across the Atlantic in 1932.

The impressively overwhelming Tower Museum tells the story of Derry’s history, from its geological formation millions of years ago, right up to the present day, covering everything from the Plantation, through to the Siege of Derry and the city’s troubled political past. The museum also houses the Armada Shipwreck exhibition which deals with the recovery of La Trinidad Valencera which was shipwrecked off the coast of Donegal in 1588.

The Museum of Free Derry in the Bogside encapsulates the city's living history of the Troubles and the Story of Bloody Sunday.

Derry’s mighty City Walls may never have been breached, but throughout the years many of the city’s ancient buildings were destroyed by the many sieges on them. The Walls celebrated their 400th anniversary in 2013 and have been listed as one of the 'World's 1001 Historic Sites You Must See Before You Die (UNESCO)'.

The Apprentice Boy’s Memorial Hall is where the Siege of Derry celebrations take place each year and it is well worth a visit.

One building that amazingly survived the Siege of Derry is the magnificent St Columb’s Cathedral. Built in 1633, the cathedral is the city’s most historic building and is filled with centuries of relics and artefacts.

Another must-see is the magnificent neo-Gothic Guildhall, complete with one of the largest and most striking collections of stained glass windows in Ireland, the Guildhall reopened in 2013 to the public after a major £9.5million restoration.

Equally as impressive are the wall Murals that dominate the skyline of the Bogside, The Fountain as well as the Waterside area of the city. The murals are a poignant reminder of key events in Derry’s more recent history and are symbolic of the different communities depictions of life throughout 'The Troubles'.

17th Century City Walls

A walk around the walls in Derry~Londonderry reveals a splendid city crammed full of history, heritage, interest and a vibrant cultural scene. 

This is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of Walled Cities in Europe. The Walls were built during the period 1613-1618 by the honourable, the Irish Society as defences for early seventeenth century settlers from England and Scotland. 

address: 44 Foyle Street, Derry, BT48 6AT
phone number: +44 (028) 7126 7284
email address: info@visitderry.com

St Columb’s Cathedral

Saint Columb’s Cathedral, was the first Cathedral built after the Reformation. It is the city’s most historic building containing displays of artefacts from the Siege.

A fine collection of silver Communion plate, as well as information on famous personalities, e.g. Cecil Francis Alexander (the internationally renowned hymn writer), the Earl Bishop and the philosopher George Berkeley. An exhibition of facsimiles of the Book of Kells was recently opened.It is dedicated to the name of St. Columba (Columb),the Ulster monk who established a Christian settlement here in the sixth century.

St. Columb’s Cathedral was built in 1633 by William Parrot for the Honourable The Irish Society and is in the Planter Gothic Style. 

address: London Street, Londonderry, BT48 6RQ
phone number: +44 (028) 7126 7313
email address: stcolumbs@ic24.net

Free Derry Corner

The gable wall with its slogan“You Are Now Entering Free Derry” was painted by John Caker Casey, on 5th January 1969. The name “Free Derry” was given to the areas of the Bogside, Creggan and Brandywell that were barricaded off from the security forces between August 1969 and July 1972. The barriers were removed during “Operation Motorman” on 30 July 1972.

address: 44 Foyle Street, Derry, BT48 6AT
phone number: +44 (028) 7126 7284
email address: info@visitderry.com

Museum of Free Derry

The Museum of Free Derry re-opened its doors in Derry’s Bogside following an extensive redevelopment and offers a full multi-media exhibition on the civil rights and early conflict era in the city, including Battle of the Bogside, Internment, Bloody Sunday and Operation Motorman.

The museum was established by the Bloody Sunday Trust in 2006 to tell the story of the civil rights movement and the creation of Free Derry in the 1960's and 1970's, and it has become an important part of Ireland’s radical and civil rights heritage. It tells the story of how a largely working class community rose up against the years of oppression it had endured. 

The museum is a public space where the concept of Free Derry can be explored in both historic and contemporary contexts. Free Derry is about our future together as much as it is about the past. The struggle of Free Derry is part of a wider struggle in Ireland and internationally for freedom and equality for all. It tells the people’s story of the civil rights movement, the Battle of the Bogside, Internment, Free Derry and Bloody Sunday. 

address: 55 Glenfada Park, Derry, BT48 9DR
phone number: +44(028) 7136 0880
email address: info@museumoffreederry.org

The Gobbins

The Gobbins, near Islandmagee, County Antrim, is a spectacular coastal walk along the Causeway Coastal Route, voted the number one region in the world to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet.

A 2.5- hour fully guided walking tour offers visitors the opportunity to experience the abundance of nature, which exists along this dramatic coastline.

Originally opened in 1902, the path has been restored and is now enjoyed by visitors from across the world who come to experience the dramatic scenery that awaits them along this stretch of coastline. Weaving its way along the basalt cliffs of the famous Causeway Coast, you will walk suspension bridges, through a tunnel and along pathways and see the ever-changing flora and fauna along the cliff face.

address: Visitor Centre, Middle Road, Islandmagee, Larne, BT38 3LX
phone number: +44(028) 9337 2318
email address:info@thegobbinscliffpath.com

Giant's Causeway - National Trust

Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland's first UNESCO Heritage Site, is a geological wonder and home to a wealth of history and legend. The 40,000 basalt stone columns left by volcanic eruptions 60 million years ago intrigue and inspire visitors. State of the art interpretation within the award winning Visitor Centre unlocks the mystery and stories of this amazing place and offers a unique glimpse into the wonder that is the Giant's Causeway. Visitors can explore way-marked trails and enjoy spectacular coastal scenery accompanied by an innovative audio-guide available in 11 languages. Personalised guided tours also available.

address: 44 Causeway Road, Bushmills, BT57 8SU
phone number: +44 (028) 2073 1855
email address: giantscausewaytic@nationaltrust.org

The Guildhall

The Guildhall is a beautiful building and is well worth taking time to see. It is located in the heart of the city, just outside the city walls and close to the Peace Bridge. Fashioned in neo-gothic style, the Guildhall is one of the most striking buildings in the North West and was originally built in 1887 by The Honourable The Irish Society. The red sandstone building is of neo-gothic architecture, with Tudor overtones. The Guildhall contains stunning examples of stained glass windows and visitors will be intrigued by its unique history and appeal. The staircase, main hall organ and corridors give a fascinating insight into this distinctive building.

address: Guildhall Square, Derry, BT48 6DQ
phone number: +44(028) 7137 6510
email address: guildhall.reception@derrycityandstrabanedistrict.com

Mussenden Temple

Mussenden Temple is located in the beautiful surroundings of Downhill Demesne near Castlerock in County Londonderry. It perches dramatically on a 120 ft cliff top, high above the Atlantic Ocean on the north-western coast of Northern Ireland, offering spectacular views westwards over Downhill Strand towards Magilligan Point and County Donegal and to the east Castlerock beach towards Portstewart, Portrush and Fair Head.

address: 107 Sea Road, Castlerock, BT51 4RP
phone number: +44(028) 7084 8728
email address: downhilldemesne@nationaltrust.org.uk

Fanad Lighthouse

Shining a light since 1817, this working lighthouse is now open to the public for lighthouse tours. Situated on the northern coast of the Fanad Peninsula in North Donegal, the lighthouse is a signature discovery point on the Wild Atlantic Way - a world-famous coastal route that spans seven of Ireland’s counties, taking in some breathtaking scenery along the way. You can even book an overnight stay at this breathtaking location!

Please note: Children must be 1.2m or taller to climb the lighthouse tower.

address: Araheera, Portsalon, BT48 6BT
phone number: +44 (028) 7137 7577
email address: info@fanadlighthouse.com

The Tower Museum

The Tower Museum is located within the City’s historic walls and has won four major awards since its opening in October 1992.

The Tower Museum houses two permanent exhibitions. 
1. "The Story of Derry" tells the colourful and dramatic history of the city from earliest prehistory to the present. 
2. "An Armada Shipwreck - La Trinidad Valencera" tells the story of one of the largest ships in the Spanish Armada, La Trinidad Valencera, which sank off the Donegal Coast in 1588 and was rediscovered by divers from the City of Derry Sub-Aqua Club in 1971.

Both exhibitions use a range of display and interactive techniques to present their stories.

The top of the Tower Museum (level 5) provides the only open air viewing facility in the heart of the city centre with stunning panoramic views of the inner city and river Foyle.

address: Union Hall Place, Derry, BT48 6LU
phone number: +44(028) 7137 2411
email address:tower.reception@derrycity.gov.uk

SIEGE MUSEUM

The new Siege Museum and Exhibition is a permanent display of the history of the Siege of Londonderry and of the Associated Clubs of the Apprentice Boys of Derry, including artefacts, video and interactive media. 

address: 13 Society Street, Londonderry, BT48 6PJ
phone number: +44 (077) 1327 3011
email address: info@thesiegemuseum.org

DOAGH VISITOR CENTRE & FAMINE VILLAGE

The Doagh Visitor Centre provides a great variety of exhibitions telling the story of Famine,Fear and Eviction. It is also a place where the customs, traditions and history of the people of Inishowen are preserved in a permanent way. The scene includes interdenominational Mass Rock,Presbyterian Meeting House and Orange Hall. Groups welcome.

address: Doagh Island, Inishowen
phone number: (003) 5374 9378 078
web:www.doaghfaminevillage.com

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