Bishop's Gate Hotel, Derry~Londonderry
Spend 48 hours discovering Derry~Londonderry, located just a few hours north of Dublin and an hour and a half from Belfast.
Day 1 - morning
In Derry~Londonderry, you'll find a hideaway bursting with vibrant colour, stories and history. As you arrive, you'll sense the Bishop's Gate Hotel has tales to uncover. And you'll be right - over 200 years of history is carved into its foundations.
The reborn 4* Bishop's Gate Hotel blends its Edwardian Grace with modern comfort, surely one of the reasons The Irish Times named the hotel in its 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland.
Start off your first day by calling into the city's Visitor Information Centre, who will leave you armed with recommendations and insider tips on what to see and do.
Day 1 - afternoon
A tour of the City Walls is a must for every visitor. These 17th century fortifications make this the last completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples in Europe.
Next up, visit the iconic Guildhall - a neo-gothic architectural gem from 1890, now a touch-screen museum, telling stories of the city including its 400-year old walls and the Plantation.
For more fascinating historic tales, there are important exhibits dotted all over the city. The Museum of Free Derry relives the ground-breaking civil rights struggle in the 1960s and 1970s, while the Siege Museum explores the events of 1688-89 and how they shaped the political landscape in Ireland and Europe.
In the evening, take a stroll across the Peace Bridge (the only self-anchored bridge in Ireland) to the Walled City Brewery, where after walking up an appetite, you can have dinner in the recently named Best Gastro Pub in Ireland by the Irish Restaurant Awards 2017.
Day 2 - morning
Wake up refreshed in your luxury hotel surroundings and kick off day two with breakfast in the Gown Restaurant.
Venture beyond the city walls today and pay homage to a literary icon. The Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy (well worth the 45-minute drive) celebrates the late poet and Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney.
It's an exhibit and performance space filled with personal artefacts, family photos, video tributes from childhood friends and world leaders, and even the voice of the late poet himself.
Day 2 - evening
On your return to the city, there will be a special evening meal waiting at Browns Restaurant and Champagne Lounge, the venue named Best Restaurant in Ulster at the Irish Restaurant Awards 2016. Then, head back to the hotel and relax with a night cap.