Derry City is one of the oldest permanent settlements in Ireland and can trace it's history back over 1400 years. It lies in Northern Ireland on the west bank of the Foyle River. The city is surrounded by a defensive wall erected by King James I of England and stands as testiment to the conflict that has existed in the city between the native irish catholics and the English protestants for hundreds of years. In modern history Derry, or Londonderry as it is known by the unionists, was the site of the Bloody Sunday massacre and the Battle of Bogside, two of the most significant events in what has become known as "The Troubles".
The fascinating history of Derry can be explored in the award winning Tower Museum through multimedia and modern exhibits.
Today the city has a young population and the peace process has led to the emergence of an upbeat and lively city popular with tourists.
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