Although having a rich historical background, Londonderry has also one of the youngest populations in Europe, which makes it young at heart. A note of optimism and enthusiasm can be sensed through its thriving potent arts environment where new writing, film and dramatic arts flourish. Local and international theatre groups, dancers, singers and writers are gathered at venues such as The Playhouse, The Verbal Arts Centre and Nerve Centre for artistic representations. Another expression of this dynamism is rendered by the talented artisans that create hand-crafted jewellery and crystal gifts in the craft village.
The city of Derry has been named as the top Halloween destination in the world, by a top US publication.
USA Today awarded Derry the top spot, beating off competition from spooky locations including Transylvania, Sleepy Hollow and Salem, Massachusetts.
The destinations of choice for witches, vampires and the Headless Horseman didn’t rank as highly as our very own City of Bones when it comes to celebrating the most haunted night of the year, with Derry scooping the majority of online votes.
One of Northern Ireland’s iconic sites: the Dark Hedges,
an atmospheric avenue of beech trees (complete with resident ghost, according to the locals).
This stretch of road was used to depict the Kingsroad, which was usually plagued by bandits and thieves. Thankfully, it’s quite safe in real life, so take your time and take lots of pictures. It’s a magical spot.
County Derry~Londonderry, Ballycastle, the ancestral seat of House Targaryen: Dragonstone.
Downhill Strand in County Derry-Londonderry is famous for its seven-mile stretch of golden sands. With the iconic Mussenden Temple in the background, Downhill was used for the scene where Lady Melisandre burned the seven gods of Westeros in sacrifice to R’hllor.
Portstewart Strand is another of Northern Ireland’s glorious beaches. And this being Game of Thrones™ territory, you should expect the unexpected here… a set of giant’s footsteps, perhaps?