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With a history that spans well over 1,000 years, the city of Londonderry remains an elegant melting pot of stalwart stone walls and modern culture resting atop the winding banks of the River Foyle. Named the UK City of Culture in 2013, Londonderry's traditional Irish name means 'Oak Grove', having long been settled by the native Irish before it became the country's first official city in the 1600s. Nowadays, the city offers shopping, culture and entertainment intertwined with its rich past.

Things to see

The famous Derry City Walls saw off a number of sieges, in particular the 105 day long siege of 1689, and is one of the few walled European cities that was never breached by invaders. Taking a tour of the towering light grey stone that protected the city for so long is an ideal way to get acquainted with the depth of the city's past. The imposing, gnarled, and steely battlements of the Tower Museum provide the prefect sanctuary to explore ever further into the events of Londonderry's history, charting events from as far back as 500AD to the troubles in the 20th Century. Don't let Londonderry's vast history fool you however – there's a large and vibrant population in the city - The eye catching exterior of the Nerve Centre being the embodying this especially well. Here you'll find a lively venue that hosts music, arts and much more.

Hotels in Londonderry

As you might expect from a city, Londonderry hotels come is a variety of forms, from luxury to discount hotels. Business travellers and large families visiting the city may want to consider the larger city centre hotels that boast a number of luxurious indulgences from flat-screen TVs, indoor pools and steam rooms. If you after a more secluded experience, then there's a host of warm and welcoming bed and breakfasts and trendy, compact, boutique Londonderry hotels dotted about the city too – ideal for a peaceful romantic getaway where you can enjoy the city at your leisure after enjoying an Irish breakfast.

Where to stay

If the city's history is a main draw for you, then staying in the Fahan Street area can be a good choice. You'll find a variety of accommodation types here, from boutique to hotel, and will be right in the heart of the city, as well as a short walk from the glistening waters of the river. Business visitors will find budget and high end accommodation with views of the river near Queen's Quay and along the Strand Road. If you're looking for more secluded accommodation, then there are some pleasant rural options along the Groarty Road.

How to get to Londonderry

Londonderry is served by the City of Derry Airport, which connects to Manchester, Belfast, Birmingham and London Stansted airports. If you're flying in from the US or the Republic of Ireland, Dublin Airport also connects to Londonderry via short haul flights. Trains also run regularly from Belfast, which means you can easily catch a train after landing directly to Londonderry's Waterside district. This train journey is also a beautiful spectacle in its own right, and can be well worth the 2 hour travel time. Getting around the city itself is often simply a case of catching a taxi or bus to your destination.