Among the happiest of those sounds is the multi-lingual chatter of more international visitors than ever - from conference delegates and backpackers to cruise passengers and tourists of all kinds - who are discovering the delights of a compact city which is unlike any other. Having been placed by Lonely Planet as the fourth best city to visit in 2013 by a panel of travel experts, Derry is the place to be be this year!
Londonderry, Derry, Doire or even 'Legenderry' as it has been recently renamed, is a centre of culture and creativity. As it takes on the mantle of the first UK City of Culture in 2013, Derry is now revealing to all-comers the creative vibrancy and generosity of spirit that has always been apparent to those who knew her best. It's a city famous for its confident modern outlook as it is for the timeless quality of its craic. Long an undiscovered gem, Derry~Londonderry stands today in the midst of a compelling transformation. It is a city emerging from a long and colourful history to showcase its brilliance to the world, like a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis of conflict. Here in our City you can expect many a smile of greeting from people who are noted worldwide for their friendly hospitality
Meander through the bustling streets of the only completely Walled City in Ireland and the British Islesand listen to the echoes of 1450 years of history. Stroll along its 17th century walls this year celebrating their 400th anniversary, and marvel at the ever-changing skyline of a city which is constant only in the warmth of its welcome. Stroll across the gleaming new Peace Bridgewhich curves majestically across the River Foyle leading to the spectacular new development at Ebrington.
Gateway to Ireland's Northwest, our city is pulsing with life, resonant with centuries of heritage and passion, yet fresh as an Atlantic breeze.
This is a joyful regional centre filled with celebration and inspiration, as manifested in the number and quality of our festivals and special events throughout the year. Energetic, outward looking and high-spirited, this is truly a city for all seasons. This year as we celebrate our title asCity of Culture 2013 and host the biggest celebration of Irish culture in the world, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013 during August we will see an influx of artists of global renown and a wide variety of art forms from drama to opera, music to comedy, West End Productions, Children's Shows and world class acts to the City.
We look forward to you joining us!