When the boats arrive at Foyle Marina in the heart of the city, located within sight of its iconic Peace Bridge, they will experience a welcome like no other. It’s the welcome that makes Derry-Londonderry so different. It has welcomed many visitors to its shores for thousands of years and the Clipper Race crew and family are an important addition to its fast growing list of visitors.
The city is planning a Maritime Festival to surpass the race’s 2012 unique homecoming festival and bring the best of music, culture, food and entertainment to the majestic River Foyle.
Derry-Londonderry is a regional city. It sits on the doorstep of 250 miles of awesome coastline, wild mountains and tranquil lakes. It’s a historic walled city and a walk along the city walls is a must. Indeed tours of the city are highly recommended, whether on foot, by taxi or bus or cruising the Foyle by boat.
You can follow the amazing story of the city, from its founder, St Columba, to the present, as well as a fascinating detour to the Spanish Armada at the award-winning Tower Museum.
You can also check out some of the vibrant cultural life that helped earn Derry-Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013 at innovative arts centres, like the creative digital hub the Nerve Centre, the Verbal Arts Centre, Ireland’s only arts centre dedicated to the word, and the Void Gallery. Within walking distance of the Marina are a range of shops, restaurants and city centre bars.
The area’s locally caught fish and seafood is among the finest in Europe and can be enjoyed in numerous welcoming restaurants, accompanied by a creamy pint of Guinness. Northern Ireland’s most famous dish is probably the Ulster Fry, the world’s heartiest (all day) breakfast – sausages, bacon, tomatoes, black and white pudding, potato bread, soda bread and egg.
You can enjoy the finest range of delicious Irish breads, wheaten, soda, potato and more in the city.
For superb original drama, dance, comedy and music, visit the award-winning Playhouse or Waterside Theatre for the top names in music and world-class musicals and drama at the Millennium Forum and much, much more.
Head to a friendly pub like O’Donnell’s in the city centre to kick off a traditional session. Not far away, Derry-Londonderry’s latest band on everyone’s lips have packed out one of the many city centre venues, their inventive sounds resonate with the historic walls nearby.
A quick stroll down the walls and you can pop-into the newly renovated Craft Village where cafes serve up some music with delicious ethnic food. Just a taste of a typical night in Derry-Londonderry.
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