Derry ~ Londonderry or what ever you wish to call it, is a compact vibrant walled city nestled on the banks of the river foyle. Here is a selection of places you Must See, Must Taste, Must Drink and Must Buy but to find a more comprehensive list of places to see and What’s On please go to the Visit Derry Information Centre.
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The City Walls:
The best way to get a feel for Derry’s layout and history is to walk the circumference of the city’s walls. (1.5km)
Completed in 1619, Derry’s city walls are 8m high and 9m thick, and are the only city walls in Ireland to survive almost intact.
The four original gates (Shipquay, Ferryquay, Bishop’s and Butcher’s) were rebuilt in the 18th and 19th centuries, when three new gates (New, Magazine and Castle) were added.
Museum of Free Derry & Free Derry Corner:
Narrating the history of the Bogside.
Just off Rossville St, this excellent museum chronicles the history of the Bogside, the Civil Rights Movement and the events of Bloody Sunday through photographs, newspaper reports, film clips, interactive displays and the accounts of first-hand witnesses, including some of the original photographs that inspired the murals of the nearby People’s Gallery.
Also See:- bogsideartists.com
Award-winning museum inside a replica 16th-century tower house.
Excellent Armada Shipwreck exhibition, and the Story of Derry, exhibits and audiovisuals lead you through the city’s history, from the founding of the monastery of St Colmcille (Columba) in the 6th century to the Battle of the Bogside in the late 1960s.
St Columb’s Cathedral:
Derry’s oldest surviving building.
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. You can see the original foundation stone of 1633 that records the cathedral’s completion. The smaller stone inset comes from the original church built here in 1164.
Landmark building in the centre of town.
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 clock tower was modelled on London’s Big Ben. Inside, there’s a historical exhibition on the Plantation of Ulster, and a tourist information point.
Iconic landmark linking Cityside and Waterside
Sinuous and elegant, this 2011-completed, S-shaped pedestrian and cyclist bridge spans the River Foyle, linking the walled city on the west bank to Ebrington Sq on the east in a symbolic handshake.
Pyke ‘n’ Pommes:
Derry’s best street food now with Big Decky seating.
Chef Kevin Pyke’s delicious, mostly organic burgers span his signature Notorious PIG (pulled pork, crispy slaw, beetroot and crème fraiche) and Veganderry (chickpeas, lemon and coriander) to his Legenderry Burger (wagyu beef, pickled onions and honey-mustard mayo). Keep an eye out for seasonal specials.
Michelin recommended casual restaurant.
Delectable menu using only the finest local produce.
Serving delicious fresh local produce, morning, noon and night with the North Wests finest Patisserie.
Busy gastro pub.
Delicious and innovative dishes.
Hidden Street Café:
Vegetarian and Vegan.
Brasserie in the city centre.
Noonas Wood Fired Pizza:
Real Italian Pizza
Soda and Starch:
Great Irish food created from locally sourced produce in unpretentious surrounding.
Peadar’s has traditional-music sessions every night and often on weekend afternoons as well. Its adjacent Gweedore Bar hosts live rock bands every night, and a Saturday-night disco upstairs.
Relaxed cafe-bar with a liberal vibe. DJs spin from Thursday to Saturday in Club Havana; there’s regular live music, too.
Walled City Brewery:
Walled City Brewery is an exciting new craft brewery. Check out the tapas!
The Yellow Yard:
Collection of unique and local independent traders.
Original prints and up-cycled furniture.
The Craft Village:
Eclectic mix of artisan craft shops.
Foyleside Shopping Centre:
4 level mall of high-street stores.
Tesco Superstore Quayside:
Quayside shopping centre
150 Strand Road