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Wedged between County Antrim and the Republic of Ireland, County Derry is synonymous with the historic city of Derry — also known as Londonderry — which guards the shores of Lough Foyle. Still bound by its formidable city walls, Derry was the focal point for centuries of conflict between nationalists and loyalists dating all the way back to Cromwell’s invasion. Although relics from the Troubles remain, modern-day visitors are more interested in Derry’s striking architecture and historic monuments. Other must-sees include the charming Victorian seaside resort of Portstewart, with its National Trust-protected beach, and Mussenden Temple, ...

Wedged between County Antrim and the Republic of Ireland, County Derry is synonymous with the historic city of Derry — also known as Londonderry — which guards the shores of Lough Foyle. Still bound by its formidable city walls, Derry was the focal point for centuries of conflict between nationalists and loyalists dating all the way back to Cromwell’s invasion. Although relics from the Troubles remain, modern-day visitors are more interested in Derry’s striking architecture and historic monuments. Other must-sees include the charming Victorian seaside resort of Portstewart, with its National Trust-protected beach, and Mussenden Temple, perched on a lonely seacliff in the landscaped grounds of the Downhill Estate near Castlerock. Away from the towns, travelers meander through peaceful villages and unwind on the undulating greens of Roe Park golf course. County Derry is also home to the Nobel-prize winning poet Seamus Heaney, whose works are celebrated in the fortified "bawn" at Bellaghy, near Magherafelt.

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  • Location: One of the traditional counties of Ireland. It is located within the province of Ulster and is part of Northern Ireland.
  • Language: English, Irish, Ulster Scots
  • Currency: Pound Sterling
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    April to June and September to October. Summer visits are also popular but avoid the rallies held around July 12.