Cannons on the walls, County Londonderry.

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Accommodation

Check into the exquisite 4* Bishop’s Gate Hotel, a hideaway bursting with vibrant colour, stories and history. As you arrive, you'll sense it has many interesting tales to uncover and you'll be right - over 200 years of history is carved into its foundations.  Ideally located within the historic city walls the reborn 4* Bishop's Gate Hotel provides the perfect base to explore the city’s historic landmarks.

Alternatively try the newest boutique hotel in the city - Shipquay Hotel.  This luxurious and intimate hotel is in a prime location overlooking the city's famous walls and the Guildhall.  Base yourself here and shopping, great food and drink, and a buzzing arts and social scene are all on your doorstep.

Day 1 

Morning

A wander on the Walls is a must and it’s all for free! Alternatively you can join a guided walking tour. These 17th century fortifications make this the last completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples in Europe, standing 26 feet high and 30 feet wide.  The tour is a great way to orientate yourself.

Afterwards, take a stroll over to Soda and Starch for a spot of lunch in the gorgeous craft village. 

Afternoon

In the afternoon visit the Museum of Free Derry, Tower Museum and the Siege Museum - three chances to revisit important milestones in the city's history.  

The city is also great for a spot of shopping – Foyleside and Richmond Shopping centres both feature high-street favourites while The Craft Village features an eclectic mix of artisan craft shops.  This unique shopping district offers a vast variety of unique gifts for that special occasion and with over seventy local crafters operating out of the village.

 

Evening

Moonlight kayaking trips happen on or around the full moon. Take a journey down the Foyle Estuary or surrounding coastlines and river systems, to experience nature at its most quiet. Accessible but dramatic locations such as under the Peace Bridge in Derry~Londonderry, around Magilligan Fort and the Roe River under Binevenagh Mountain are highlights. 

Dinner is at Browns in Town, a restaurant mentioned in both the Michelin and McKenna Guides.   Afterwards, finish with a nightcap or two at the city's oldest pub, The River Inn.

Day 2 

Morning

Start your second day off with a tour of the award-winning Guildhall.  Classic really meets contemporary here - this architectural gem from 1887 has a modern multimedia exhibit surrounded by stunning traditional stained glass.

The Walled City Brewery is the only brewery-restaurant, and a great shout for lunch before you head out of the city for the afternoon.

Afternoon

If you do nothing else this day visit Heaney Homeplace, Bellaghy. Take a journey through the Nobel Laureate’s life, his experiences, and the people that inspired his poetry. Well worth the 50 minute drive. 

Take the opportunity to enjoy the history and art of creating the world famous Irish Coffee with the Irish Coffee Connoisseur. Using Derry-Londonderry's own Quiet Man Irish Whiskey in all demonstrations, which is distilled and bottled locally.

Evening

Dine at The Exchange Restaurant and Wine bar, an eatery offering quality food and delicious wine within a perfect location in the heart of the city. 

If you fancy an evening of traditional music, head along to Peadar O’Donnells and Gweedore bar, both famous for local traditional music and contemporary music in a distinct Irish setting. The city also caters for various music genres – Sandinos for Latin American Vibes, the intimate Bennigans Bar and Jazz Club or the historical Grand Central Bar.

You're in for a treat if you happen to be in the city over the Halloween period.  This place sure knows how to throw a Halloween party like no other.  And named by USA Today as the 'Best Halloween Destination in the World' the city will shine even brighter than usual this autumn.

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