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Attractions

The authentic Walled City Experience awaits visitors to Derry ~ Londonderry. 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. Situated on the Waterside area is Riverwatch at the Lough’s Agency which provides the opportunity to explore the Foyle and Carlingford Loughs. The Workhouse Museum tells the story of the famine and the Battle of the Atlantic. Prehen House is home to one of Ireland’s greatest love stories, the legend of Half Hung McNaughton.

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.The Harbour Museum places its emphasis on not so dry land focusing on the city’s maritime connections. Londonderry’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 majpr £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’.

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    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.

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    St Columb’s Cathedral

    Saint Columb’s Cathedral, was the first Cathedral built after the Reformation. It is the city’s most historic building.

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    Ashbrook

    Ashbrook has been family home of the Ash family since before 1595. The Honorable The Irish Society records the Ash family as one of only four ‘native land owners’ prior to the plantation.

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    Apprentice Boys of Derry Memorial Hall

    The Apprentice Boys of Derry Association is established for the purpose of commemorating the anniversaries of the shutting of the Gates and the Relief of Londonderry.

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    Derry City Council, Archives and Genealogy

    The Archive and Genealogy service has responsibility for the preservation of the civic archives and private collections relating to industry, buildings and social history.

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    First Derry Presbyterian Church and The Blue Coat School Visitor Centre

    Shortly after the lifting of the siege of Derry in 1689, a new Presbyterian meeting house was built within the walls, on the site that continues to be occupied by the present Church.

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    Ulster American Folk Park

    Immerse yourself in the story of Irish emigration at the museum that brings it to life. Experience the adventure that takes you from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full scale emigrant sailing ship, to the log cabins of the American Frontier.

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    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

    Established in the early 1850’s may early members emigrated due to poverty and persecution. The current building took 4 years to build using member labour and on 6 November 1966 was the first LDS building dedicated in Ireland.

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    Springhill House

    Springhill has a beguiling spirit that captures the heart of every visitor. Described as ‘one of the prettiest houses in Ulster’.