Derry Area Plan 2011
Part 11: Tourism
The Department recognises the importance of tourism to Derry District both in terms of economic activity and employment potential. Because of the District’s historic heritage and strategic location between County Donegal and the Causeway Coast it is already an important tourist destination. The City Council has been particularly active in marketing Londonderry and has recently opened the Derry Visitor and Convention Bureau in Foyle Street. The City’s traditional attractions have also been broadened to include the arts and cultural events. Continuation of this policy has been endorsed in a wide ranging study of tourism prepared for and adopted by the City Council in the Friel Report. Within the City itself the major features of interest include the following: City Walls, Tower Museum and Craft Village, Guildhall, St. Columb’s Cathedral, Foyle Valley Railway Museum, the Amelia Earhart Centre and the Calgach Centre.
Beyond the City the outstanding quality and variety of the natural and built environment underlines the importance of achieving sustainable tourism development which should not damage the character or prejudice its future tourist value. In this regard, the Areas of Scenic Value associated with the Foyle and Faughan valleys and the Sperrin Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty represent important tourist assets. Equally important, although on a smaller geographic scale, are the Ervey and Ness Woods and the landscape character of the Bonds Glen area.