Derry is one of my favorite cities on the island of Ireland and this year there is even more of a reason to visit as Derry has been named the European City of Culture for 2013. Derry is the first City in the United Kingdom to have been given this prestigious title.
Each year the European Union chooses a European City of Culture. The chosen city carries the title for one calendar year. During this time a series of cultural events with a European theme are held. For a full program of events you can visit the official website at www.cityofculture2013.com.
There are a number of attractions in Derry, which make a visit worthwhile at any time. These include the award winning Tower Museum, which tells the history of Northern Ireland and the Museum of Free Derry which focuses on more recent times and in particular the Civil Rights movement that led to the unrest known in Ireland as “The Troubles”.
Derry is now a vibrant modern city and a great place to shop. Also be sure to take a walk along the City Walls before departing this lovely city on the banks of the River Foyle.