Stand on the city walls in Derry~Londonderry and you’ll feel it. History is all around you. The very walls beneath you were built over 400 years ago. Look over to the city’s Bogside area and you’ll see history literally written on the walls in those famous murals. Traditional music spills out onto the streets from cosy pubs, museums tell stories of times past and people still celebrate ancient festivals.
But there’s more to this place than its past. This is a vibrant modern city with a cutting-edge food scene, an exciting cultural life and a pretty impressive ability to enjoy life. Here, where the Wild Atlantic Way meets the Causeway Coastal Route, you can discover Derry~Londonderry – and you can see history come to life.
Wave-lashed coves and rugged cliffs, vast Atlantic Ocean beaches and crumbling castles – it’s easy to get carried away by the coastal landscapes that surround Derry~Londonderry. After all, the city sits at the point where two of the island’s monumental coastal touring routes meet. Venture west and you’re on the Wild Atlantic Way – 2,500km of majestic ocean views and epic adventures; go east you’ll be carried away by the Causeway Coastal Route, one of the greatest drives on the planet.
For a total contrast, head inland to explore County Londonderry’s lush green valleys, rich heritage and quiet waters. This is a key destination for slow-travel experiences from paddle-boarding along the River Foyle to cycling the Foyle Valley Cycle Route along quiet country roads and traffic-free paths. Or discover the county’s literary side with a visit to Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy, which celebrates the life and legacy of the Nobel prizewinning poet.