16 Dec 2020
The walled city of Derry~Londonderry in Northern Ireland has been named as one of the top 10 emerging European cities to check out.
For those planning a getaway for whenever travel is on the cards again, be sure to add Northern Ireland’s vibrant second city to your wish list.
The only completely walled city in Ireland, Derry~Londonderry has been named by Time Out travel guide website as an up-and-coming European destination.
With centuries of history to delve into, art galleries and theatres, as well as a thriving musical scene and excellent restaurants, Derry~Londonderry is the perfect place for a city break.
Start your break with a guided tour of the 400-year-old walls, which form a mile-long walkway around the inner city.
The tour will reveal the fascinating story of the walls, which have never been breached, and the city they surround, which has grown well beyond them.
Wander then through the city streets, past the impressive Guildhall with its stunning stained-glass windows and St Columb's Cathedral, which houses the oldest pealing bells in Ireland.
Cross the elegant Peace Bridge, which straddles the River Foyle, and visit the award-winning Walled City Brewery to enjoy superb brews and excellent cooking in this brilliant fusion of craft brewery, bar and bistro.
The Guildhall, Derry~Londonderry
If you want to find out more about the city’s colourful history, visit one or more of its many museums.
The Siege Museum has a permanent display on the history of the Siege of Londonderry, while the Museum of Free Derry features the sights and sounds from one of the city’s most turbulent periods, 1968 to 1972.
The Tower Museum, regarded as a place that even non-museum-goers can love, has two permanent exhibitions – The Story of Derry, and An Armada Shipwreck: La Trinidad Valencera – and also boasts an open-air viewing facility on its top floor which affords stunning panoramic views of the city and River Foyle.
Fans of the hit comedy Derry Girls should not miss a visit to the mural on the side of Badgers Bar in Orchard Street and more of the city’s famous street art can be viewed on a walking tour of its murals.
The vibrant cultural life that helped earn Derry~Londonderry the UK City of Culture title in 2013 is evident in the city’s concerts, festivals and theatrical productions as well as in the music-filled pubs.
But to see the city at its most dynamic book your break for Halloween. Derry Halloween is Europe’s biggest Halloween party, when over 40,000 people gather to enjoy five days of ghostly goings on culminating in the spectacular carnival parade.
Derry Girls Mural, Derry~Londonderry (Created by UV Arts)
Hallowe'en in Derry~Londonderry
City Walls, Derry~Londonderry
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