What’s brew­ing in Derry?

His­toric walls and craft beers make for a heady cock­tail in Maiden City

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - TRAVEL -

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

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