Northern Ireland’s second largest city, Londonderry (or Derry) oozes culture and boasts centuries of heritage that’s waiting to be explored.
The UK’s only completely intact walled city, Londonderry is a must for history buffs. Start with a tour of its four 17th Century city gates (Bishop’s Gate, Ferryquay Gate, Shipquay Gate and Butcher Gate), before heading to the Museum of Free Londonderry to discover the city’s turbulent past. Bogside is another must, and it’s here you can marvel at many political murals painted by local artists during the 90s.
Given the prestigious title of UK City of Culture 2013, Londonderry’s also undergone a recent makeover and the new pedestrianized Peace Bridge – which straddles the scenic River Foyle – perfectly connects the water and city sides of the city.
There’s a vibrant nightlife scene in the city too with plenty of restaurants and bars providing entertainment – for a slice of traditional Northern Ireland life head to one of the many pubs offering live folk music, pints of the black stuff and a chance to mingle with the city’s more than welcoming locals.
The spring and autumn are both good times to book flights to Londonderry, but if you’re after the best weather for site-seeing, the summer months of July and August tend to be the direst. Winter breaks in Northern Ireland (like the rest of the UK) can be a little wet and drizzly, so if you do decide to visit this historic city then, be sure to wrap up warm and bring an umbrella!
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