Londonderry, or Derry as is it referred to by most Irish and other people familiar with the locale, is one of the most famous cities not only in northern Ireland but in the whole country as well. Recently, it has received various awards that hail it as one of the best cities to visit this 2013, making it one of the most sought after spots for an Ireland vacation.
Derry is known for its many beautiful tourist attractions which are basically reflections of the place’s rich culture and heritage. Some of the must see sights in Londonderry include the following:
St. Columb’s Cathedral
St. Columb’s Cathedral was built around the 1600s and is one of the many architectural beauties of Londonderry. Much of the cathedral’s original structures are still in place such as the main building and the tower, but there have been renovations and additions that enhanced the appeal of the cathedral. Its stained glass windows and the old pillars are clear signs of the craftsmanship that weit nt into building the cathedral. Aside from the cathedral itself, other things like the regimental flags and the collection of historical items as well as the oldest set of peal of eight bells make up the other reasons why may people flock to this place.
This building is one fine example of neo-gothic style and the use of red sandstone and tudor overtones in design and construction. Located at the city centre, it is pretty close to another famous structure in Derry – the City Walls. Recent improvements have made the building more appealing to tourist, like the addition of the and interactive tourist point, cultural space and exhibits.
The Craft Village
The Craft Village is one of the many places in Derry, Ireland that shouldn’t be missed. Here you’ll find different shops and stalls that demonstrate the various crafts and items that make Derry and Ireland popular. And no, if you’re thinking that this is just like any other bazaar that you’ve been to, then you’d be wrong. The whole place is not just a street lined with shops, but rather a whole village modelled after the 18th and 19th century looks of Derry, complete with cobbled paths and brick houses.
This aquarium is one of the newest additions to the various tourist attractions of Derry, Ireland. Here you can find tanks and aquariums that hold some of the local marine life in the area – both fresh water and salt water wildlife like coalfish and blenney’s. You’ll be amazed at the wide collection o f fish and shellfish that thrive in the area.
Derry, Ireland is one of those places which are slowly starting to mark itself as one the best choices for Ireland tours. Its architectural wonders and lovely culture will surely be one of their strongest assets in attracting more tourists not only this year but in the future as well.
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