Courtesy of Tyrone and Sperrins destination
Look beyond the Walled City’s main attractions and you’ll find plenty more to grab your attention.
Follow the vintage trail
Spend a lazy afternoon exploring the eclectic vintage mix in the Walled City. Step back in time and visit the charming Craft Village in the heart of the city. Located in the centre of the city the village combines authentic craft shops, balconied apartments, a licensed restaurant and a coffee shop.
For vintage collectors there are lots of quirky things to add to your collection from vinyl, books, jewellery and handbags. Bedlam is like a curiosity shop of old with an array of clothing, furniture, jewellery, art and crafts. Nearby, Whatnot is crammed with interesting antiques.
Grab a moment in nature
For romantic moments or just the peace and solitude that comes from tumbling water, head for Ness Country Park to enjoy the spectacular waterfall – Northern Ireland’s highest – plus woodland, wildlife ponds and wildflower meadows. If you take the riverside paths, look out for otters.
Go wet and wild
Five minutes out of the city and you can be jumping in to all sorts of outdoor and water sports. Creggan Country Park’s three freshwater lakes have an inflatable water assault course, aqua zorbing, aqua rollers, canoeing, kayaking, a pier jump, wheelyboat and raft building. For a quieter time, you can also peel away for some great trout fishing.
Wine and dine
Soak up the early evening vibes with a wander along Strand Road or Queen’s Quay. For some top quality organically sourced street food stop off at Pyke and Pommes - served straight from the hatch. For a unique and flavoursome food and drink experience visit Walled City Brewery, also both QuayWest and the Custom House have wonderful views of the River Foyle and the Peace Bridge.
Take a walk in the park
If you’ve crossed the Peace Bridge from the city centre, explore further in St Columb’s Park, great for a long relaxing walk or somewhere to give the kids a good run. There’s good facilities for all ages and in the centre of the grounds is the beautiful old St Columb’s Park Manor House. Explore the history of this beautiful 18th century Manor House (guide tours available on request) and relax with a nice cuppa at Café in the Park.
Explore sacred sites
Sacred and architecturally rich sites in the city centre to enjoy include St Augustine's, ‘the wee church on the walls’. There are good exhibits here about St Columba's founding of the city. Not far away from the walls is the city’s most historic building, St Columb's Cathedral, the first to be built after the Reformation. Well worth a visit, it houses the oldest pealing bells in Ireland.
Lap up an underwater world
Open a window to the wonders of the underwater world at the Riverwatch Aquarium. See lobster, crabs, starfish, coalfish, salmon and lots of other unusual marine fish and crustaceans in the lough and seashore life tanks. This is a great place for families to have some quality time with the kids.