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What to do in Derry

About Derry

The second largest city in Northern Ireland, Derry attracts visitors with its fascinating history and wonderful hospitality. Marvel at the city walls which date from the 17th century and still stand proudly today. The Tower Museum, the Guildhall and Saint Columb’s Cathedral are other portals into the city's storied past. Pick up unique souvenirs at the Derry Craft Village and feel the pulse of contemporary Irish culture at the Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, vibrant, multi-purpose art and enterprise centre. Derry's Halloween parade, meanwhile, is something that has to be experienced to be believed - expect three nights of spectacular performances, music, installations and ghoulish costumes. The cityscape, viewed from the Peace Bridge, is an Instagrammer's dream, while a little way out, the Sperrin Mountains and the Lough Neagh are the perfect tonics for anyone seeking a tranquil escape. Visitors can find the best accommodation in Derry with the help of eDreams. Its easy-to-use search engine allows you to narrow down choices according to the number of guests, rooms required, dates, and other search metrics.

What to see in Derry

Awarded the title of UK City of Culture in 2013, Derry has established itself as an outstanding hub of arts and culture. The Jazz Festival or the Halloween festivities are just two of the exciting events in the city's calendar. These increasingly-popular events draw large numbers, so if visiting for either, be sure to book your Derry hotel well in advance. Trace the city's complex and engrossing history by visiting the neo-Gothic Guildhall to admire its stained-glass windows. Linger in Guildhall Square, the site of many of the city's events, and enjoy a hearty Irish meal in one of the restaurants here. Dig deeper into Derry's past with a visit to the Tower Museum, which has exhibits on display that narrate the story of the city’s development, right from its beginnings in the 6th century AD. The story of the Spanish galleon, which met its tragic end in 1588, is the subject of a popular exhibition in the tower that draws history enthusiasts from far and wide. The craft village, located in a pretty courtyard off Shipquay Street, is the ideal place to pick up interesting souvenirs for friends and family back home.

Where to stay in Derry

While there is an abundance of good hotel offers available in Derry, it is best to plan well in advance and to book a hotel located close to your preferred sights. The River Foyle divides the city into two parts, the Cityside on the west and the Waterside on the east. The heart of the Cityside is the hub of historic Edwardian, Victorian and Georgian buildings. Pick a hotel in this area if you want to immerse yourself in the city's history. Shopaholics and bargain hunters should book a hotel close to either the Foyleside Shopping Centre, the Quayside Shopping Centre or the Richmond Shopping Centre, where you'll find all the high-street favourites as well as great boutiques and an array of dining options. Visitors looking for a peaceful base ought to look for accommodation close to the River Foyle. Hotels along this gently meandering waterway additionally have rooms with great views of the river and the city. Alternatively, there are cheap hotels available across the city for those on a budget. To find your ideal accommodation, try eDreams' easy-to-use search engine, which allows you to input your specific criteria in terms of dates, rooms and guest numbers, and more. Then simply select the hotel that suits you best and start planning an unforgettable getaway to 'The Maiden City'.

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