Derry Pubs and Cultural Sites
Named the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom, Giant’s Causeway is the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland. Giant’s Causeway is the result of an ancient volcanic eruption, an area of around 40,000 basalt columns, which form stepping stones leading under the sea. According to legend, the columns are the remains of a causeway built by Fionn mac Cumhaill, who was challenged to fight by the Scottish giant Benandonner. Oonagh, Fionn’s wife, disguises Fionn as a baby in order to trick Benandonner into thinking the baby’s father, Fionn, must be a giant much larger than himself. Benandonner then flees, destroying the causeway in the process.
17th Century City Walls of Derry
The only remaining completely walled city in Ireland. Built between 1613 and 1618 and one of the best examples of Walled Cities in Europe.
Museum of Free Derry
A museum dedicated to the history of the area, the conditions leading to conflict, the rivitalisation of community in the mid-1960s, Battle of the Bogside, Bloody Sunday, and the invasion of Free Derry. Open Monday-Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm and Saturday and Sunday, 1pm-4pm.
Opened in 1992 and the winner of four major awards, the Tower Museum has two permanent exhibitions, “The Story of Derry,” which tells the history of the city, and “An Armada Shipwreck- La Trinidad Valencera,” which tells the story of when La Trinidad Valencera, one of the largest ships in the Spanish Armada, sank in 1588, and its rediscovery in 1971. Open 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday, open until 8pm on Thursday, and open 12pm-4pm Sunday.