Co Londonderry

County Londonderry

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Londonderry, also known as Derry, is known for its colourful history which has turned it into a place of unique culture and art. This is noticable throughout the city; from the city's many murals to its art exhibitions, from the walls of Derry to its many museums, as well as many festivals and other events. The city's walls are coated with history, more recent history on the walls of buildings and the city's older history in the main walls which helped shape Northern Ireland's future. The wall itself has been well preserved and is the only one in Ireland and one of the best examples found in Europe. The walls' original cannons can still be seen standing guard atop the walls with the whole wall well worth a walk.

When the Spanish Armada ran aground across the Irish coastline, many of the ships were salvage and can now be seen in museums throughout Ireland along with a number of artefacts from the time. Londonderry is no exception with the Tower Museum holding the remains of La Trinidad Valencera, as well as much of the city of Londonderry/Derry's history. The city also plays host to many festivals, from Hallowe’en carnival, the Foyle Film Festival, the City of Derry Jazz Festival, rally races or cultural trails, 

Looking for tales of the paranormal? Prehen House, on the outskirts of the city, is home to the infamous tale of Mary Ann Knox who was fatally shot by her lover in the 17th century. 

Further from the city, the county is filled with unique and intriguing buildings like the Mussenden Temple. The Temple sits high above the Atlantic Ocean and overlooks beaches which stretch towards both Donegal and Portrush in either direction. This simple yet beautiful building is a popular wedding location and is a great way to welcome the dawn if stay in one of the nearby self catered cottages. The aforementioned beaches along the north-west coast and well known for going unblemished by anything other than golden sands and crashing waves.

The awe-inspiring natural beauty of the county is just one of the many features that attract holiday-makers to the area. Set to the backdrop of the Sperring Mountains, which dominate much of Londonderry, wildlife thrives in the hills, valleys and rocky outcrops of this regal landscape. The county's wetlands and mountains are also a large draw for those who enjoy the pastime of birdwatching with many rare and unusual breeds native to the area.

As one of Londonderry's important historical sites, Dungiven Priory is a must visit for anyone exploring the county. The building dates from the 13th century and includes a stone tablet with a solider from the period depicted on it. In Moneymore, Springhill House was home to the Conynghams. The house boasts a collection of costumes dating from the 18th century with the house hosting re-enactments of the ten generations of the family's history.

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