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|For the more gentle landscape devotees there are the soft valleys of the river Bann and Foyle, the main
rivers which run through this county, and there are ancient deciduous forests at Banagher and Ness
Wood. This area also has the highest waterfall in Ireland on the river Burntollet.
Lough Foyle is almost an inland lake and is the estuary for the river Foyle, there is a bird reserve and the wetlands are of significant international importance. The site has large numbers of different birds especially in the winter where flocks gather to feed.
For those interested in the culture and history of Northern Ireland then Bellaghy Bawn Centre for Poetry and History is a good place to visit. It is a 17th century Plantation house, which is the best restored example of its kind in Northern Ireland. Original manuscripts of the renowned poet Seamus Heaney are kept on display here.
|The county has a beautiful architecturally interesting city - the walled city of Derry. It's the second
largest city in Northern Ireland and it's wall is unbroken, one of the finest in Europe.
The walls form
a one mile walkway around the inner part of the city.
There are many historic features to see including its City gates and heritage buildings within the walls. There is a Renaissance style street plan with a plethora of shops of all kinds and two sizeable shopping centres. For the tourist there is much to sample of its culture in the day and the evening. Its streets have many traditional and modern Irish clubs and bars where music can spill out onto the pavements.
Portstewart is a pretty seaside town once a destination for the Victorians with a pleasant seafront promenade. There is a blue flag beach two miles long at the end of which is the Barmouth and a sanctuary where waterbirds and wildlife can be found. On the headland is the Mussenden Temple.
Saint Patrick visited Coleraine on the banks of the river Bann, now a modern large town dressed
with flowers, he received good hospitality from the local chieftan, and now its an excellent town for
tourism. Its history is ancient, a Mesolithic site at Mount Sandel goes as far back as 5935 BC and is
one of the earliest spots where people settled in Ireland. The town is also near some of the most
remarkable landscape in Europe. The Giant's Causeway is just twenty five minutes bus ride away
and so attracts many thousands of visitors a year. The University of Ulster can be found on its