The allure of the Oak Grove County is wrapped up in its beautiful scenery and tranquillity, mixed with vibrant cultural and historical attractions, action, adventure and a strong literary heritage. Nicknamed ´Stroke City´, due to differences of opinion on the use of the ´London´moniker, there´s still much to see and do.
Wander the wall
If you do nothing else in County Londonderry, you should linger around Derry’s city walls, feel dwarfed, and then walk the one mile around them – all for free. The only completely intact city walls in Ireland, they stand 26 feet high and 30 feet wide. Your walk will take in all the main sights, including four sets of original gates and 24 original cannon. Don’t miss the famed ‘Roaring Meg’.
Marvel at Mussenden Temple
This circular temple built-in 1785 totters on a cliff edge high above the Atlantic Ocean. It’s in the grounds of the ruins of historic Downhill Demesne, which are wonderful too. Hike around the estate and clifftop walks for stupendous views. Downhill beach and the temple exterior were used in Game of Thrones, but this is a fabulous site, even if you’re not a fan.
Hit the Causeway Coastal Route
Carve out your own beautiful slice of the Causeway Coastal Route by hitting the road from Derry to the pristine beaches at Benone and Downhill, where Game of Thrones was filmed.
Get lost in the Jungle
This adrenaline-packed outdoor adventure centre will let you feel the thrills and excitement of anything from tree-top high wires to zorbing, archery with a difference, clay pigeon shooting and even llama trekking. It’s also the largest paintball site in Northern Ireland.
Step into Heaney’s HomePlace
Immerse yourself in the world of the most widely published poet in the English language. County Londonderry was a major inspiration to the late Seamus Heaney, and now the Heaney HomePlace is a must-go for literary fans and the curious alike.
Take to the Tower
The Tower Museum is spread over five floors and its uppermost level gives stunning panoramic views of the Walled City and River Foyle. But immerse yourself first in the city’s past with the Story of Derry Exhibition and An Armada Shipwreck – La Trinidad Valencera, the story of the Spanish Galleon that sank of the Donegal Coast in 1588.
Walk the camomile lawn
Every step you take on the camomile lawn at Springhill House releases a delicious apple fragrance. Situated on the edge of the picturesque Sperrin Mountains and often called the ‘prettiest house in Ulster’, it’s well worth a tour and a walk.