Derry or Londonderry as it is formally known is the second largest town in Northern Ireland. An old, proud and walled city, it sits on the River Foyle, sprawling over both sides of the bank, known as Cityside on the west bank and Waterside on the east. Derry remains the only city in Ireland with intact city walls and is considered one of the finest examples in Europe. Over the years, Derry has seen its fair share of troubles as did the rest of Northern Ireland. However, this violence eased towards the end of the 1980s, leaving behind many hard memories and an important part of the cultural history of the area.
Served by the City of Derry Airport and Londonderry Port, the city is very accessible to the mainland of Great Britain and beyond. Bordering with Donegal, the road links are good. This makes the most of the punishing hilly topography of the region, meaning that there are many fine vantage points to be driven to within Derry.
The main industry here is that of textiles large factories, which produce some of the world's finest carpets and coverings. Within the city, the main shopping area, with two covered shopping centres, is located in the north west of the town and includes designer, national and international stores.