Derry boasts that it is one of the longest continuously inhabited counties in Ireland. Situated in the northwest of the island the region includes Derry City, the second city of the North, the seaside towns of Portrush and Portstewart and the beautiful Sperrin Mountains.
Derry City was founded in 546AD and remains the only city in Britain or Ireland whose ancient walls are intact. Through its time Derry has survived war, siege and famine but these days the Walls are there to attract people to the town and not to keep them out. There are several tours of the Walls available and inside the walls in the centre of Derry are many buildings dating back hundreds of years like St Columbs Cathedral or the Guildhall.
But there is more to Derry than her walls and her ancient glories. With a new entertainment venue in the Rialto Entertainment Centre adding to the already energetic nightlife that Derry City is known for things are only going to get better. For the quieter types the Foyle Art Centre and St Columb's Hall, Derry's 1,000 seater theatre are a must to visit.
Out of Derry City and into the surrounding hinterland one finds a wonderful landscape of mountains and oceans. From the serene beauty of Lough Foyle to the miles of beaches along Derry's north coast with the majestic Sperrin Mountains looming in the South Derry remains one of the country's most picturesque counties.
Benone Beach and Tourist Complex is an essential stop in the Limavady area of Derry. Miles of golden beaches have only been enhanced by the addition of a golf course, a nature reserve and a play park for the youngsters.
The town of Portrush is a beautiful seaside resort small enough for the visitor to be comfortable in but large enough to provide a good time. Apart from the beaches and the scenic views there's the Dunluce Centre providing a range of rides and multimedia tours to entertain the whole family. Waterworld is also located in Portrush making the town one of the best places for family entertainment in the North.
As if all this was not enough Derry is surrounded by beauty on all sides. To the west is Donegal and its magnificent coastline and mountain scenery. To the south is Fermanagh and the Lakeland country, while the to east the glens of Antrim beckon the traveller. With so much to see and do Derry is a great place from which to tour the whole north of the island.