Information Derry Ireland

Welcome To Derry!

The story of Derry is a long and tumultuous one.

Set on a hill on the banks of the Foyle estuary, strategically close to the open sea, it came under siege and attack for over a thousand years

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Derry to the Catholics and nationalists, Londonderry to the Protestants and unionists, the town stands on the River Foyle just as it wends its way into becoming the lake of the same name. Derry is the second city of Northern Ireland, well developed since the arrival of the master tradesmen who arrived from London four hundred years ago. Its geographic location made it a centre of trade, and its politics made it an important place to defend too. High walls were built around the city centre, and they served the city well when James II laid siege to the town in 1689. A Catholic rival (and once serving monarch) of Protestant William of Orange to the British throne, James II’s siege ended with thousands of the city’s defenders dying of disease or starvation.

The walls themselves can be enjoyed from a historical perspective through a walk from the Tower Museum. St Columb’s Cathedral is one landmark you will pass behind Bishop’s Gate. This is a memorial to the great siege.

Limavady is five miles west of Coleraine and a place for golf fanatics and cliff enthusiasts. The golf resort of Castleknock overlooks the cliffs, while the buildings on the edge of the cliffs appear to be a hodge podge of architecture. Downhill Castle was built in the 1780s by the Protestant bishop of Londonderry (who was also the fourth earl of Bristol). The ruins feature a walled garden and a domed building called Mussenden Temple.

For fans of Nobel Laureates, you can check out Bellaghy Bawn, a fortified farmhouse first constructed in 1613. It features an exhibit on the life and times of Seamus Heaney, Ireland’s most famous living poet and a lecturer in the same field. If you happen to be in Ireland and Heaney is giving a reading or a lecture nearby, it might be worth your while to check him out, provided you can get into the reading.

General information Derry

County Derry, also known as Londonderry, is one of six counties that form Northern Ireland, situated in the north of the island of Ireland

The county’s highest point is the summit of Sawel Mountain (678m), part of the Sperrin Mountains on the border with County Tyrone. The mountain range dominates the southern skyline of the county, with the valleys of the Bann and Foyle rivers to the east and west, the shore of Lough Neagh in the south-east, and the steep cliffs and remarkable beaches of the Atlantic coast to the north. Derry is truly a county of great natural beauty.

The county also has number of sites of historical interest, including the well-preserved 17th-century city walls of Derry, the National Trust-owned Plantation estate at Springhill, the Mussenden Temple and the noted bird sanctuaries on the eastern shore of Lough Foyle.

Accommodation in Derry

There are a number of different ways to enjoy a stay in Derry. Bed & Breakfasts, Guest Houses, Hostels, Hotels and Farm Houses are all available.

Hotels in Derry

Hotels in Derry reflect the county’s rich history and natural beauty, without skimping on comfort or convenience. Derry’s long list of hotels includes the Tower Hotel in Derry City.

Bed & Breakfast in Derry

Bed & breakfast accommodation in Derry is great for low budget guests and provides you with a comfortable and affordable stay along with freshly cooked breakfast each morning. B&B in Derry includes names such as Rose Park House in Derry City and Wanderin Heights in Portstewart.

Derry Restaurants

Derry restaurants serve all manner of international and traditional cuisine. Popular restaurants in Derry include Fitzroys Restaurant in Derry City.

Shopping in Derry

You will be spoilt by Derry’s choice of shops and stores. The city has something to suit every taste and every pocket. Hotspots include the Foyleside Shopping Centre - named the Best and Biggest Shopping Centre in Northern Ireland, the Richmond Shopping Centre and the unique Craft Village.

Derry Car Rental

Car rentals in Derry facilitate cars on rent for a pre-defined period and according to budget. Some of prime car rentals in Derry include Derry Car Hire, Londonderry Car Hire, Magherafelt Car Hire and Portstewart Car Hire.

Derry Golf

Derry has many golf courses situated within some of Ireland’s most stunning landscapes. Derry golf courses include Portstewart and Castlerock Golf Clubs.

Attractions Derry Ireland

Derry City Walls - Derry

Throughout the ages these famous walls have withstood several sieges, the most celebrated lasting one hundred and five days. Fine views from the top of the walls encircle the old city, a circuit of 1 mile. Access is free at all times.

Foyle Valley Railway Centre - Derry

Located at Foyle Road, Derry, there are two CDR steam locos on display at the centre here - the Columbkille class 5 2.6.4T and Meenglas class 5 2.6.4T, both built in 1904. There is also an audio visual and electronic map display. Summer weekend trips on the CDR diesel railcar numbers 12 and 18 run along the narrow gauge track through Foyle Riverside Park.

Harbour Museum - Derry

Located at Harbour Square, Derry, a traditional museum, with emphasis on the city's maritime and riverine connections. Displays include miscellaneous artefacts which help to create a Victorian atmosphere. Temporary exhibitions are regularly displayed in the museum.

Roe Valley Country Park - Limavady

Located at Limavady, Ulster's first domestic hydro-electric power station opened in 1896. A lot of the original equipment is still preserved, particularly the ruined water mills used in linen production. The park has a riverside walk, history trail, canoeing, rock climbing, fishing, visitor centre, exhibitions and cafe.

St Columb's Cathedral - Derry

Located in Derry City and built in 1633, the stained glass depicts heroic scenes from the great siege of 1688/89. The keys of the gates which were closed against the Jacobites are displayed in the chapter house. There's an audio visual display on the siege and history of the cathedral.

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