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About Londonderry

Northern Ireland's second largest city is a new destination for 2014. Londonderry is the only remaining completely intact walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of a walled city in Europe. The imposing fortifications form a walkway around the inner city, providing a unique promenade to view the layout of the original town which still preserves its Renaissance style street plan. Londonderry is renowned for its architecture including the 1633 Gothic cathedral of St Columb, the Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall and the old courthouse.

There are many museums and sites of interest in and around the city including the Foyle Valley Railway Centre, the Amelia Earhart Centre and Wildlife Sanctuary. There are also many outdoor destinations to visit including St. Columb's Park, Creggan Country Park and the Foyle and Craigavon bridges. If all this activity has made you thirsty, it's a good idea to seek out a traditional Irish pub to enjoy a Guinness. Waterloo Street has watering holes in abundance so is an excellent stop off point for visitors.

 

Shore excursions in Londonderry

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Delights of Derry

Activity medium

Duration: 3½ hours

Experience the culture, history and creativity of Derry’s ancient walled city and interesting Tower Museum.

Derry’s City Walls were never breached, which is why it is often referred to as ‘The Maiden City’. Arriving in the city, a stop will be made for you to view exterior of the beautiful stone structure of St Columb’s Cathedral. This Gothic Cathedral, which was completed in 1633, has a fine spire, vivid stained glass windows and a total of 13 bells.

Continuing on foot, you’ll walk around the remarkable rustic City Walls, where your guide will reveal the history and heritage of this vibrant city. From the top of the walls you can see the ‘Bogside’, a Catholic area with a famous mural that announces, “‘you are now entering free Derry.” You can also admire the layout of the original town which still preserves its Renaissance Style streets.

Arriving in Union Hall Place, a visit will be made to the award-winning Tower Museum. ‘The Story of Derry’ tells the colourful and dramatic history of the city, from earliest prehistory to the present. The museum includes an audio visual exhibition depicting the history of the civil rights march through Derry in 1972, which later became known as Bloody Sunday. The top of the Tower Museum provides the only open-air viewing facility in the heart of the city centre with stunning panoramic views of the inner city and River Foyle.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There will be approximately 1½ hours of walking around the City Walls. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The Cathedral is an exterior view only.

Derry and World War II

Activity highMeal includedRefreshments included

Duration: 6 hours

A fascinating city tour that highlights how Derry became a key location for allied forces during WWII.

A drive from the pier will take you to the walled city of Derry, where a stop will be made at the Guildhall. Here is where your introduction to the city begins. Your guide will provide an insight into the history of Derry, before continuing on foot to the iconic Peace Bridge. As you take a walk across the bridge, admire the lovely riverfront views before arriving at Ebrington Square, the site of the main allied forces during WWII.

You’ll rejoin your coach and drive to Iskaheen panoramic viewpoint for a short stop. Your guide will point out key buildings as you look across the River Foyle to the city centre. Afterwards, you’ll continue to the Beech Hill Country House Hotel to find out the part the hotel played during the war and to enjoy a tea or coffee and a scone.

A drive across the Foyle Bridge will take you to Lisahally to view the location of where the surrender of the German U-boats took place, and the old docklands. You’ll also view the location of secret bunkers, intended for use by the Naval High Command in the event of a German invasion of England.
You’ll then head back to the city to enjoy a local pub luncheon, before taking a walking tour of the City Walls. A visit will be made at St Columbs Cathedral, which houses an eclectic range of artifacts from WWII, and a stop will also be made at the War Memorial.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves around 2 hours of walking over varying terrain which includes uneven ground, some slight inclines and steps. Flat, comfortable non slip shoes are recommended. This tour is not suitable for children.

Discover Londonderry

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the sights, sounds and scenery of the historic walled city of Londonderry at a leisurely pace.

Londonderry, also known as Derry, lies on the west bank of the River Foyle, which is spanned by 2 bridges. Witness the spectacular views of the city and surrounding region as you cross the Craigavon Bridge, an 18th century double-decker bridge, to the ancient walled city.

Lononderry is the only remaining walled city in Ireland which is completely intact and is one of the finest examples of a walled city in Europe. It is approximately 1 mile in circumference and circles the original town. Each stretch of these sturdy walls carries its own tale and offers different views of the rejuvenated city centre.

Within the walls stands the beautiful stone structure of St Columb’s Cathedral. During your visit to this 17th century Gothic cathedral, admire the vivid stained glass windows and see the mortar shell, which fell in the churchyard during the Siege of Derry in 1689.

After your cathedral visit, there will be around 45 minutes’ free time in the city to soak up the 1450 years of history whilst meandering through the bustling streets or stop for refreshments in one of the city’s traditional pubs. For the more adventurous a stroll along the 17th century walls, will reward you with a historic cityscape and views across the Foyle bridges to Waterside and the surrounding landscapes.

Before returning to the port, your journey will take you across the border and out into the countryside for a photo stop at the historic Grianan of Aileach monument.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. Any walking is at passengers’ own discretion.There is the option to walk to the top of the Fort at Grianan of Aileach, which is steep with uneven surfaces.

Inishowen Peninsula Scenic Drive

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Visit the Inishowen Peninsula, a rugged and wild region of mountains, lakes and loughs with breathtaking scenery.

Your journey will take you from Londonderry in Northern Ireland across the border to Donegal in the Republic of Ireland. Your first stop will be to photograph the Grianan of Aileach - Donegal’s most impressive and intriguing ancient monument at the entrance to the Inishowen Peninsula. This circular stone fort occupies the top of Greenan Mountain and was built around 1700 BC. The fort is a magnificent vantage point, which affords stunning views in every direction.

Your drive will take you along the Inishowen Peninsula, a long broad finger of land stretching north to the Atlantic, which is Ireland's northernmost point and arguably the most beautiful area in all of Ireland. Relatively undiscovered by most visitors to Ireland, Inishowen is a world apart, where present-day residents revere their ancient heritage, treasure the legends and antiquities of this remote region, and still observe many traditions of their ancestors. Driving around the Inishowen is to traverse a ring of seascapes, mountains, valleys, and woodlands.

A stop will be made for refreshments at Doagh Folk Village before returning to the port. This village tells the story of customs, traditions and history of the people of Inishowen. A ‘Famine Village’ has been created giving you a firsthand account of hardships endured at that time in Irish history.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. Any walking is at guests’ own discretion. There is the option to walk to the top of the Fort at Grianan of Aileach, which is steep with uneven surfaces.

The Giant's Causeway

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 7¼ hours

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s most famous landmark.

The dramatic North Antrim coast is renowned for its beauty and the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Giant’s Causeway is its unique jewel in the crown, known to the Irish as the '8th Wonder of the World'.

On arrival at the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre, you’ll be given an audio guide and a map and then you will have around 2 hours to explore the site at your leisure. The visitor centre contains many interactive displays which outline the history of the area as well as the many stories that have formed over the centuries to explain the presence of the extraordinary rock stacks.

From the visitor centre, board the shuttle bus for the short ride down to the famous Giant’s Causeway. Admire the unique rock formations which have, for millions of years, stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of the Atlantic storms and the rugged symmetry of the columns never fail to intrigue and inspire. Be amazed as you scan the mysterious stones and look for the structures which resemble objects such as the Organ, Giant's Boot, Camel's Hump and Chimney Stacks.

Enjoy lunch, which will be served at a local hotel, before travelling back along a short section of the beautiful Antrim coast. Absorb the rich colours and diversity of the passing scenery, there will be a stop during the drive to photograph the picturesque Dunluce Castle, one of the most extensive ruins of a medieval castle in Ireland.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot.To make the most of your time at the Causeway, you are encouraged to use the complimentary shuttle bus service which runs from the coach park directly to the Causeway. The journey time is five minutes. Due to the location of the Giant Causeway it can feel windy and slightly cooler so it is advisable to take a jumper or light jacket.

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