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Officially named ‘Londonderry’, Derry is the second-largest city in Northern Ireland towards the north-west of Ireland. The city was named ‘The UK City of Culture 2013’, and offers a combination of ancient and contemporary attractions. Famous for being ‘The Walled City’, in Derry you’ll find the preserved walls which aimed to protect the city from Irish chieftan invasion since 1618.
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Austins Department Store is a Derry institution, established way before popular department stores like Macy’s and Harrod’s! Foyleside Shopping Centre is one of the biggest centres across Northern Ireland worthy of a visit; and Richmond Shopping Centre is one of Derry’s most loved shopping centres, built in 1984 within the city’s historic walls. For more of a customised, local touch, visit the renowned Craft Village to see Derry crystal and handmade jewellery. Photo by Steve Cadman, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Licence.
Visit the impressive St Columb’s Cathedral, an iconic Derry building, first built in 1633. The Guildhall is a neo-gothic style building built in 1887. A recent restoration has just been completed, providing tourists with an interactive tourist centre. Built by The Honourable ‘The Irish Society’, tourists have been queuing for years just to view the impressive architecture.
Museums and Landmarks
The Peace Bridge is a famous Derry landmark, however it’s a pretty recent development compared to other Derry sites. Built in 2011, it’s a modern crossing over the River Foyle. The bridge’s construction was supported by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund’s Peace 111 Program; with the aim of connecting the west bank (largely Nationalist) to the east bank (largely Unionist). The Tower Museum is a great place to get acquainted with Derry, as it provides ‘The Story of Derry’ exhibition as a permanent attraction. You can also view ‘An Armada Shipwreck’, one of the other top displays. Photo by John Lord, available under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.