Derry isn't only Northern Ireland's second-largest city but an artistic and cultural hub of note. Along with tons of history to absorb, Derry has a growing live-music scene and many lively pubs.

Derry's city walls

Arguably one of the best ways to take in the city's history is to walk the city walls. Derry's city walls were completed in 1619, are 8m high and 9m thick and has a circumference of 5km. Interestingly, they are the only walls in Ireland to survive all these years.

Tower Museum

Head on over to the Tower Museum for more history. The award-winning museum hosts both temporary and permanent exhibitions, which include the Armada Shipwreck exhibitions and the Story of Derry. It also boasts the only open-air viewing facility in the city centre, allowing visitors to take in the stunning panoramic views of Derry and River Foyle.

Smart Swag

Selling handcrafted pieces, Smart Swag can be found at the Craft Village. The shop stocks everything from upcycled furniture, screen-printed T-shirts, and original illustrations.

Portstewart Golf Club

Golf aficionados shouldn't miss the chance to tee off at Portstewart Golf Club's Strand Course. While the course presents a challenging game, the scenery is indescribable and provides views of the Donegal hills, the Atlantic and the River Bann at every turn.

Walled City Brewery

With an ethos to provide patrons with a “taste of the North West”, Walled City Brewery prides itself on producing Derry's best craft beer. Housed in the former army barracks, the brewery has 10 craft beers on tap and serves delicious grub at its restaurant.

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