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7 reasons to visit Derry~Londonderry this winter

Derry~Londonderry is a city now renowned for its friendly people, rich history, vibrant culture and famous walls.

Built in the 17th century as defences for settlers from England and Scotland to effectively keep people out, the city walls are now having the opposite effect - attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.

And Derry~Londonderry now offers so much more, thanks to a recent boom in new top-class accommodation and experiences.

Here are just some of the reasons why Derry~Londonderry is a must-see attraction:

1. Luxurious accommodation

During your visit, stay in the perfectly positioned 4* Bishop’s Gate Hotel and enjoy a little luxury. Located in the heart of Derry City’s Cathedral Quarter, the exquisite Grade B1 listed Bishop’s Gate Hotel blends stunning Edwardian architecture and classy rooms.

Make use of the hotel’s well-equipped fitness area before chilling out and relaxing in one of the 31 elegant guestrooms.

Tuck into delicious food at The Gown Restaurant which is the culinary focal point of the hotel. Choose your favourite from its seasonally inspired menus of locally sourced ingredients, prepared by their Executive Chef and his talented team.


2. The Walled City Brewery

A 10 minute taxi ride from Bishop’s Gate, the Walled City Brewery is a must visit for craft beer lovers.

It’s Derry~Londonderry’s first craft brewery for a century and here you can taste local, authentic, premium quality and flavoursome craft beers inspired by ancient local recipes and new-world brewing techniques.

Photo Courtesy of Walled City Brewery.

3. Learn how to make your own brew

The brewery has launched its very own Homebrew Academy offering courses in beer making. Take a half or one day course and learn the brewing ropes from Master Brewer James Huey.

Taste beers from all over the world and learn an appreciation of their differences in aroma and flavour while you wait for your creation to brew.

4. Soak up the history

Gain an insight into the city’s unique history by venturing to the city’s Museum of Free Derry.

The site re-opened its doors after extensive redevelopment and offers a full multi-media exhibition on the civil rights and early conflict era in the city. Walk through the past as you learn about the Battle of the Bogside, Internment, Bloody Sunday and Operation Motorman.

Take a 10 minute walk to the fascinating Siege Museum for further knowledge of the city’s history. View the 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.

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5. Wander the Walls

Walk around the walls of the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and experience heritage, interest and culture along the way.

The walls, which are approximately 1.5km in circumference, form a walkway around the inner city and provide a unique promenade to view to view the layout of the original town which still preserves its Renaissance Style street plan to this day.


6. Springhill House

Venture outside the city to the place described as ‘one of the prettiest houses in Ulster’.

Springhill House in Moneymore is the perfect spot for an autumnal adventure - take a walk around its beautiful gardens, explore the family home with portraits, furniture and decorative arts before admiring the Costume Collection which features exceptionally fine 18th to 20th century pieces.

7. Heaney HomePlace

Drive for one hour and you can step into Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy and begin your journey through the Nobel Laureate’s life and literature.

Read personal stories, view dozens of family photographs, watch video recordings from friends, neighbours and cultural figures and listen to the voice of the poet himself reading his own words at this interactive exhibition.

Photo Courtesy of Mid-Ulster District Council.
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