What’s brewing in Derry?
Historic walls and craft beers make for a heady cocktail in Maiden City
Londonderry is a city now renowned for its friendly people, rich history, vibrant culture and famous walls. Built in the 17th century as defences for settlers from England and Scotland to effectively keep people out, the city walls are now having the opposite effect — attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
And Derry now offers so much more, thanks to a recent boom in new top-class accommodation and experiences.
Rediscover the Walled City with a city break this autumn or winter. Stay in the perfectly positioned 4-star Bishop’s Gate Hotel and enjoy a little luxury. Located in the heart of the city’s Cathedral Quarter, the exquisite Grade B1 listed Bishop’s Gate Hotel blends stunning Edwardian architecture and classy rooms.
Make use of the hotel’s well-equipped fitness area before chilling out and relaxing in one of the 31 elegant guestrooms. Tuck into delicious food at The Gown Restaurant which is the culinary focal point of the hotel. Choose your favourite from its seasonally inspired menus of locally sourced ingredients, prepared by their executive chef and his talented team.
Walled City Brewery, a 10-minute taxi ride from Bishop’s Gate, is a must visit for craft beer lovers. It’s Derry’s first craft brewery for a century and here you can taste local, authentic, premium quality and flavoursome craft beers inspired by ancient local recipes and new-world brewing techniques.
If you want to learn how to make your own brew, the brewery has launched its very own Homebrew Academy offering courses in beer making.
Take a half or one-day course and learn the brewing ropes from Master Brewer James Huey. Taste beers from all over the world and learn an appreciation of their differences in aroma and flavour while you wait for your creation to brew.
Gain an insight into the city’s unique history by venturing to the city’s Museum of Free Derry.
The Museum reopened its doors after extensive redevelopment and offers a full multi-media exhibition on the civil rights campaign and early conflict era in the city. Walk through the past as you learn about the Battle of the Bogside, internment, Bloody Sunday and Operation Motorman.
Take a 10-minute walk to the fascinating Siege Museum for further knowledge of the city’s history.
View the permanent display of the histo- ry of the Siege of Londonderry and of the Associated Clubs of the Apprentice Boys of Derry, including artefacts, video and interactive media. To book your short break in Derry~ Londonderry, visit DiscoverNorthernIreland.com
DERR TO DREAM: Enjoy the luxury of a room at Bishop’s Gate Hotel before savouring a walk through history at the Siege Museum and creating your very own beer at the Walled City Brewery