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Half-Hanged Mc Naghten

According to the story, John McNaghten (spelled various other ways, including McNaughton, McNaghtan and McNaughten) was from a privileged background but had got embroiled in gambling debt. He was also a childhood friend of Andrew Knox, owner of the Prehen House and Estate in County Derry in the mid-1700s.

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Derry City Walls

The old defensive walls surrounding the City of Derry are one if its main attractions. Extending one mile in circumference, they reach to 26 feet high and 30 feet wide in places. Derry is the only city in Ireland or the UK with a fully intact perimeter wall. Derry's walls dominate the centre of the city -- you can't miss them. There are now eight gates (entrances through the wall) to the city, up from the original four. 24 cannon used in the 1689 siege of Derry, and restored in 2005, are still visible. Alongside each cannon is a plaque, listing its origin and manufacturer.

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O’Doherty’s Tower and Derry Tower Museum

Located inside the City Walls of Derry, this magical looking structure was first built in 1615 by Paddy O’Doherty to satisfy tax liability owed to the O’Donnell chieftans. The building on the site today is a reconstructed replica of the original medieval Tower.

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Workhouse Museum and Waterside Library

On the east side of Derry/Londonderry city, the Derry Workhouse Museum is located in a building that was established in 1832 to alleviate poverty. Adjoining the museum is Waterside Libbrary.

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Limavady

Limavady is a small but historic town situated in the scenic Roe Valley, about halfway between Derry City and Coleraine town. Limavady derives from the Gaelic Leim an Mhadaidh meaning "Leap of the Dog".

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Portstewart

Portstewart in County Derry / Londonderry is a popular seaside destination famous for its inspiring sunsets. The song Red Sails in the Sunset, covered by the Beatles, was written about Portstewart -- which was once associated with the Victorian middle-class who took their holidays here.

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St. Columb's Cathedral, Derry City

Saint Columb's Cathedral in Derry City was the first Protestant Cathedral built in Britain or Ireland after the Protestant Reformation. When Saint Columb's Cathedral was constructed, between 1628 and 1633, most other Protestant houses of worship had been converted from Catholic institutions. Its name derives from the ancient Irish monk St. Columba, or Colum Cille.  In the 6th century, Columba founded a monastic settlement in the region that eventually evolve into  Derry City. Located on London Street, beside the river Foyle, the Cathedral occupies the site of the original monastic settlement.

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Loughs Agency and Riverwatch Aquarium

Located on Victoria Road in Derry City, this unique facility showcases the fish and wildlife resources of the region, particularly the River Foyle and the Carlingford Loughs. Visitors  to the Riverwatch Aquarium can enjoy aquatic life up close in the interactive exhibits, which are divided into different habitats.

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Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall

Located in the City of Derry/Londonderry, this Memorial Hall was built to commemorate the 13 boys who began the siege of Derry in 1688 by closing the gates of the city in the face of King James II. It has also served, over the years, as a symbol to the persistence and steadfastness of Derry’s protestant population. More than 20,000 members of the Apprentice Boys -- a fraternal, secretive society -- have pledged their dedication to Protestant values in the building's Initiation Room.

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The Guildhall

Located just outside the walled section of the city of Derry, near the River Foyle, the Guildhall is an impressive red sandstone building that houses the city council. A neo-Gothic style building originally constructed in 1890, it was embellished with Victorian ornamentation. Its most notable feature is a series of exceptional stained glass windows. The windows portray the history of Derry, and were created by a Belfast firm called Campbell's.

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