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History, entertainment and culture

The City Walls

In 2013 the historic city walls celebrated their 400th birthday. They are the only set of intact city walls remaining in Ireland and one of only a few in Europe.

The walls were built in the 17th century as defenses for early settlers and are approximately 1 mile in circumference, they form a walkway around the inner city. A number of companies such as Martin Macrossan City Tours (http://www.derrycitytours.com) and City Sightseeing tours (citysightseeingderry.com) offer guided tours of the city, including the walls and are well worth using to find out about the unique history of this special city feature.

Derry is one of the few cities in Europe that never saw its fortifications breached, withstanding several sieges including one in 1689 which lasted 105 days, hence the city's nickname, The Maiden City

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Museum of Free Derry

This museum is located in the centre of Derry's Bogside district, only a short distance from the central bus station and firmly on the 'Troubles' tourist route. The museum provides a compact history of the political history of the city and includes artefacts from Bloody Sunday (30th January 1972) and its aftermath.

It is a very moving experience and should be visited in conjunction with walking the city's walls and a visit to the Tower Museum.

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Tower Museum

A museum explaining the political conflict that has shaped the city and the country: a must for those unfamiliar with Northern Ireland's war-torn past.

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St Columb's Cathedral

Situated within the city walls and standing on such a prominent site within the far-famed "Derry's Walls", St Columb's Cathedral is the City of Londonderry's oldest building, having been completed in 1633. The Cathedral is a landmark, which speaks to citizen and visitor alike of much in the history of the City and represents a commodity of infinite spiritual value in the development of this area.

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Riverwatch Visitor Centre & Aquarium

The Riverwatch Visitor Centre & Aquarium is a great tourist attraction located just outside Derry City Centre and with Free Admission it's a must do for families and visitors. Watch the fish swim about the tanks and learn about our local wildlife. We have lobster, crabs, starfish, coalfish, blenny’s and lots of other marine and freshwater fish and shellfish. We are continually changing our livestock so it's always worth another trip! There are free activity packs to keep the kids entertained and all indoors, it’s a great wet weather option too!

Fishing permits and licenses are also available.

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10.00am-4.00pm.

Evenings and weekends upon request.

Prices: Admission Free

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Millennium Forum

The Millennium Forum is one of Northern Ireland's premier theatres and conference centres and is one of the largest purpose-built theatres in Ireland. They have a vibrant range of arts and entertainment events on offer throughout the year.

The first purpose-built theatre in Derry, the Millennium Forum is one of Ireland's largest with a seating capacity of 1000 and it houses Ireland's largest theatre stage. With its stunning entrance and marble floored Italian-style Piazza, it promises a wonderful night's entertainment in sumptuous surroundings in the historic Walled City.

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The Guildhall

This neo-Gothic style building is the Guildhall. Many concert events and exhibitions are held here during the year, it serves as the civic and cultural centre for the people of the Derry. It was built in 1887 by the Irish Society and an English organization to promote the colonization of the County of Londonderry during the Plantation of Ulster. Sadly it was bombed in 1972 but repaired and opened again in 1977. The massive building is made of Drumbrese sandstone and marble with oak paneling and ornate ceilings. The stain-glass windows are considered the finest in Great Britain. The huge organ in the main hall is considered to be the finest in all of Europe.

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The Nerve Centre

The Nerve Centre was established in 1990 as a focal point for youth culture in Derry, Northern Ireland's second city. By bringing popular music, film, video, animation and interactive multimedia together under one roof, the Nerve Centre promotes creative collaboration and fusion between artists and provides a cultural outlet for many young people who feel excluded from what is traditionally regarded as the "arts sector".

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The Giant's Causeway

Northern Ireland's iconic World Heritage Site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is home to a wealth of local history and legend. Explore the basalt stone columns left by volcanic eruptions 60 million years ago and search for distinctive stone formations fancifully named the Camel, Harp and Organ.

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The Peace Bridge

The newly opened Peace Bridge (June 2011), is a new walk way & cycle bridge across the River Foyle. It crosses the river from behind the Guildhall to the former Parade Ground at Ebrington Barracks – linking the Walled City to the new developments at Ebrington and St. Columb’s Park. lluminated at night the Peace Bridge is fast becoming a major landmark in the city and is constructed in such a way that it allows leisure craft to pass safely below it at high tide

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Derry Visitor & Convention Bureau

For detailed information about all upcoming festivals and events due to take place in the local area please visit the official Visit Derry website.

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Derry Girls

The Bafta nominated Channel 4 Hit TV show Derry Girls, created and written by Derry Girl Lisa Mc Gee, follows a group of teenagers growing up in Derry in 1990’s and showcases the highs and lows of living in Northern Ireland throughout the troubles, with 90’s nostalgia, Irish charm and witty humour.

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Game of Thrones Locations

Northern Ireland is one of the locations used for filming with the region’s historic castles and stunningly beautiful scenery being used as a backdrop for the fantasy series.

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Golf Courses

Ideally located where the Wild Atlantic Way meets the Causeway Coast, Derry is spoilt for choice when it comes to stunning golf courses.

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