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The historic city of Derry is only a short 15 minute drive from the Inishowen Gateway Hotel. With amazing cultural attractions, shopping to satisfy the biggest shopaholic and plenty of little Bistro's and Cafe's to rest weary feet after a day exploring, this gem of a city is must see when visiting Buncrana.

Some historic attractions to visit:

The Tower Museum

The impressively overwhelming Tower Museum tells the story of Derry’s history, from its geological formation millions of years ago, right up to the present day, covering everything from the Plantation, through to the Siege of Derry and the city’s troubled political past. The museum also houses the Armada Shipwreck exhibition which deals with the recovery of La Trinidad Valencera which was shipwrecked off the coast of Donegal in 1588. Click here for more information.


The Museum of Free Derry

The Museum of Free Derry in the Bogside encapsulates the city's living history of the Troubles and the Story of Bloody Sunday.The Harbour Museum places its emphasis on not so dry land focusing on the city’s maritime connections.  Londonderry’s mighty City Walls may never have been breached, but throughout the years many of the city’s ancient buildings were destroyed by the many sieges on them.


The City Walls

The Walls celebrated their 400th anniversary in 2013 and have been listed as one of the 'World's 1001 Historic Sites You Must See Before You Die (UNESCO)'. Book yourself a guided tour to take in the sights on


The Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall

The Apprentice Boy’s Memorial Hall is where the Siege of Derry celebrations take place each year and it is well worth a visit. One building that amazingly survived the Siege of Derry is the magnificent St Columb’s Cathedral.


St Columb's Cathedral

Built in 1633, the cathedral is the city’s most historic building and is filled with centuries of relics and artefacts.