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Day 7
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Derry is your introduction to Northern Ireland; it's famous for being the location of the Bloody Sunday massacre in 1972. Those in favor of British rule call it Londonderry; for everyone else, it's Derry. By any name it's Ireland's only walled city and has fine examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture along with brightly painted pubs and museums.
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  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture

Experiences

  • The top thing to do in Derry is stroll along the parapet walkway atop the ramparts of the city walls, which are more than 6 feet thick. You'll get great views of the city center.
  • Learn all about Derry's history in the Tower Museum, housed in a reconstructed medieval fort. Exhibitions cover an eccentric local bishop and the Spanish Armada.
  • The Museum of Free Derry pays homage to the events of the Bloody Sunday Massacre. Visitors will find a real-time recording of the event.

Festivals

  • Halloween is taken very seriously here; handmade costumes are the norm, and pubs may refuse to serve anyone not in disguise.

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