Explore County Londonderry
County Londonderry stretches from the shores of Lough Neagh in the south to Lough Foyle in the north. Londonderry is the largest city in the county, and the second largest in Northern Ireland, after Belfast.
Its monuments to hope in adversity, and the city’s Loyalist relics in St Columb’s Cathedral, reflect its turbulent history. It’s easy to find your way around Derry, which is still referred to by its Loyalist population as Londonderry – the name given to the city in 1613 when James I and the livery companies of London established English and Scottish settlers here.
The official county name remains Londonderry. The River Foyle shapes the east boundary, while ‘old Derry’, the walled city, forms a neat rectangle whose four radiating streets converge on The Diamond or central market square. There’s a good craft market between Butcher Street and Shipquay Street, and Derry’s ‘street of pubs’ is Waterloo Street, between Butcher’s Gate and Waterloo Square, where you’ll find traditional and modern music in the bars. Out of the city, families will enjoy discovering Lough Foyle at the Riverwatch Visitor Centre, and spending time enjoying ‘messing about on the water’ at Creggan Country Park.