Don’t go anywhere yet, though – Derry is one of the most culturally rich cities in Northern Ireland...
Derry, also known as Londonderry, is positively bursting with culture and history and there are a few key places which must be seen when on holiday here. Surrounded by walls built in the 17th century, Derry is the only walled city left in Ireland. Places such as the Museum of Free Derry, opened in 2007, and the Guildhall, with its stunning stained-glass artwork, are just some of the fascinating attractions in this part of Northern Ireland.
For those interested in history, the Tower Museum is a must-see. Opened in 1992, it has won both the British and Irish Museum of the Year awards. St Columb's Cathedral is an impressive building in a Gothic style.
Anyone with a love of art will be intrigued by the Bogside Murals in Derry, which depict political events from Northern Ireland’s often fraught history.
Travellers around Northern Ireland often like to use car hire in Derry, too, as it allows them to see the sights of the city at their own pace. The City of Derry Airport (LDY) is located just outside the city centre, so visitors can easily rent a car from the airport and make their way to their accommodation. Alternatively, tourists can collect hire cars at one of the convenient locations in the downtown areas of Derry. Book car hire in advance to save money and to select the most suitable pick-up and drop-off points for your travel plans.
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When you rent a car, Derry becomes a great base for your Irish adventures amid the beauty of the surrounding landscapes...
One of the best things about Derry car hire is that is allows visitors to explore the rural areas around the city. There are several beautiful forests, such as Learmount, which lies at the foot of the Sperrin Mountains. On the outskirts of Eglinton lies Muff Glen, a picturesque patch of woodland with a wide variety of wildlife. Prehen Wood is one of the oldest forests in the region and contains ancient trees dating back hundreds of years. Many visitors like to drive up to Ness Wood, to see the highest waterfall in Northern Ireland. Other forests worth visiting for a picnic or a walk include Banagher and Binevenagh.
Fans of the hit television series Game of Thrones are in for a real treat when they arrange car hire in Derry as a clutch of filming locations can be accessed within an hour of the city. County Londonderry and County Antrim are home to many scene-stealing landscapes of the show, while there are more filming spots in County Down, in the south. It takes less than three hours to drive across the country from Derry to the shores of the south-east coast. It would be easy to create a twin-centre break to see it all if you have joined the legions of Thrones fans.
The beaches close to Derry also make having a car worthwhile. The family-friendly Blue-Flag beach at Portstewart is only an hour from the city, while the caves and castles near Portrush (also an hour’s drive) make this beach extra special.