Walking Tour of Derry
To be honest Northern Ireland is my favourite part of the country. It’s so beautiful and scenic and I just love the history and stories I’ve learned through trips around there.
The Walking Tour of Derry is definitely one you need to include in your Ireland vacation. This tour was recently awarded as being Derry’s first 5-star attraction/tour and it really is a first class experience.
As you walk around the old walls of Derry, you hear stories of the times past, learn all about the segregation in the city and the fights between the Protestants & Catholics, all about famous Bloody Sunday and visit some of the old sites in the city, St Columb’s Cathedral included where they still have artifacts displayed from the War. Some of the stories you will hear will tug at the heart strings for sure, especially when you hear some of the stories about the murals! About an hour and a half of walking completes this tour. It’s one you are sure not to forget.
Ulster American Folk Park
Just 5 miles from Omagh or 29 miles south of Derry City, the Folk Park is a definite stop if you have Irish heritage. Visitors are taken on a fascinating journey from rural Ireland, into a port and onto a replica of an emigrant sailing ship and transported to frontier America. There are 30+ original cottages (some are restored but most are not) you can visit in total, actors dressed the part tell stories of life as it was in real time and as you walk through the park you see how they learned of the life their families were living overseas, how they saved up and eventually travelled to America. There are ducks, chickens and goats in the park and in the gardens of the cottages. Food that was eaten back then is baked by the actors in open pots over the fire, like soda bread and oat bread that you can try there in the cottages. You’ll also learn about the Great Famine of the 1840’s and the effect it had on Ireland’s people and daily life.
Minimum visit time is 2 hours, this is definitely one to add to your Ireland vacation if you have ancestral roots in Ireland, this is an eye-opening experience and unique opportunity to see how your ancestors lived in the 1800 & 1900s.
California born Amanda Lynn lived in Dublin with her family for almost 21 years. This enabled her to gain a unique insight into daily life in both countries and cultures and she considers herself somewhat of an expert in knowing where to visit for a more local feel, without totally writing off a bit that ol’ traditional Irish experience!