Londonderry, Northern Ireland Cruise Port
The city of Derry, also known by its official name Londonderry, is considered to be the second-largest city in Northern Ireland and is situated on the banks of River Foyle. The city's name is derived from the Irish name “Daire” which means “oak grove”. The prefix London was added in 1613, when King James I granted the city a Royal Charter. This prefix was added to honor the London guilds, who were behind the financing of the city's construction. Londonderry even boasts being named the United Kingdom's City of Culture in 2013. It is an ideal tourist destination, and featured below are some of the recommended experiences, attractions, and activities that visitors could enjoy after cruising to Londonderry, Northern Ireland:
- Those who are interested in the historical and architectural aspects of the city should pay a visit to the 17th century City Walls. Derry is the only walled city in Ireland that remains intact. The walls were built between 1613-1618 as a defense from English and Scottish settlers.
- Architecture buffs will be thrilled to know that this is a city filled with spectacular architectural marvels. One such structure is the Guildhall that is considered to be the country's most striking building. It was built by The Irish Society in 1887 and features a neo-gothic style.
- Visitors, who are interested in learning about the city's history, should pay a visit to the Tower Museum that is located within the city's walls. The museum boasts two permanent exhibitions; the story of Derry, and an Armada Shipwreck called La Trinidad Valencera.
- Anyone who would like to learn about the city's religious history, while appreciating old architecture, should visit the St. Columb's Cathedral. It was built between 1628-1633 using the same materials as the city walls and is considered to be the city's oldest building.