About Londonderry


Within Londonderry's famous old town lie many beautiful examples of historic architecture, from the Gothic splendour of St Columb's Cathedral with its imposing facade and spire and the beautiful St Augustine's church to the ornate red-brick Victorian Guildhall topped with an impressive copper dome.

The walls themselves form a continuous promenade around the Renaissance-inspired street-plan of the old town, with original cannons and battlements still to be seen along their length, offering unrivalled views of the city as a whole. Seven large gateways lead through the walls to the rest of the city beyond.

With such a rich and varied history, it is unsurprising that Londonderry is home to a huge number of museums and other notable buildings charting the many battles and sieges that have taken place there over the centuries.

Museums dedicated to local history, from cultural to industrial, are also present, not to mention more specialised heritage centres. Also, as the city was at the heart of The Troubles between Protestant and Catholic communities, there are many murals depicting the struggles of both sides all over the Bogside area of the city.

In terms of nightlife, Londonderry has much to offer, with many pubs and bars lining both Strand Road and Waterloo Street in the city centre. The combination of traditional pubs offering live music and a timeless atmosphere alongside vibrant modern bars means that there really is something or everybody on an evening out in the city.