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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Castle
“More than 211,600 visitors were recorded at the attraction last year, up from 150,600 in 2014. It was recently named by Fáilte Ireland as one of the top-20 most popular fee-charging visitor attractions in the country.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Bed & Breakfast
“Don’t miss your opportunity to visit one of Ireland’s best kept secrets and a signature point on the Wild Atlantic Way. Located in south west Donegal along this magnificent costal driving route are Ireland’s highest Sea Cliffs. A visit to the cliffs and the surrounding region is a must on your Wild Atlantic Way adventure. Experience the local culture, heritage and people of Donegal against the backdrop of our spectacular and rugged coastline.”
  • 60 locals recommend
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Cemetery
“Derry, also known as Londonderry, is a city on the River Foyle in Northern Ireland. It’s known for the intact 17th-century Derry’s Walls with 7 gates. Within the walls, spired St. Columb’s Cathedral displays artefacts from the 1688–9 Siege of Derry. Near the Peace Bridge, the Tower Museum has city views and historical exhibits. Huge stained-glass windows adorn the neo-Gothic red sandstone Guildhall.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“One of our favourite spots for walking and hiking and bring the dogs. Bit of a trek to get to (In the middle of Donegal), but even the journey there is beautiful and well worth it alone. Great for all types of weather with appropriate attire.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Park
“Immerse yourself in the story of Irish Immigration and the adventure that takes you from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full scale emigrant sailing ship, to log cabins of the American frontier. Meet an array of costumed characters with traditional crafts to show, tales to tell and food to share. Visit - www.nmni.com/uafp”
  • 11 locals recommend
History Museum
“A fabulous mini museum with lovely staff, stunning scenery, great shopping and decent lunch options”
  • 8 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Tower Museum is a must see visitor attraction. Permanent exhibitions at the museum include the Story of Derry and An Armada Shipwreck - La Trinidad Valencera. The museum also boasts the only open air viewing facility in the heart of the city centre with stunning panoramic views of the city and River Foyle. Temporary exhibitions are also displayed throughout the year.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Wonderful beaches, walking trails.... Costs E5 to park in the park itself, or park for free at Ards Friary and walk into the park.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
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“Award-winning Gastropub popular with locals and tourists. Family run for generations and offering a very warm welcome”
  • 16 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Foyleside Shopping centre has a large food court, Mc Donalds and plenty of Highstreet brands like H&M, Topshop, River Island, Next and Easons. It connected to Debenhams and has 2 multi-storey carparks.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Golf Course
“Just 20/25 minutes drive to this renowned golf course that recently hosted The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Enjoy stunning scenery along the coast of The Atlantic Ocean whilst golfing.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The famine village is unlike any other attraction in Inishowen, steeped in history you are sure to learn something new about how the people of Ireland used to live.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Fabulous little castle in the middle of Donegal Town -- now open 7 days a week!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Nature
“Open to the public and guided tours available. Stunning views from the top of the tower. Lots of history attached to here.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Trail
“"This scenic and tranquil park is located on the outskirts of Limavady and offers spectacular riverside views and woodland walks along with opportunities for salmon and trout fishing, canoeing, rock climbing and orienteering."”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
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“Waterloo place is filled with bars all with live music from top to bottom. You will find that Peadar O'Donnells is a small but traditional pub filled with culture and music every night.”
  • 11 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Award-winning Gastropub popular with locals and tourists. Family run for generations and offering a very warm welcome”
  • 16 locals recommend
Gastropub
“This place not only serves up their own craft beers but they also have a fantastic menu, with great views over the Peace Bridge. You may need reservations, so get in touch with them if you'd like to go!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“A little bit of France in the heart of Donegal. Excellent food and a welcoming / relaxing vibe in such a quaint setting.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
“Nancy's Barn was the winner of the world champion seafood chowder competition, If you are in the area this is one place you have to try. If you are not big into fish, I recommend the Glashedy Stacker.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Only half hour drive to gain a wonderful food experience you will want to repeat. You will love the tiny tarts that came out to tease you when waiting for your starters and the warm breads and soft butter are irresistable. The set dishes were so beautifully presented you will want to photograph them. I won't go on and I just ask that you don't miss out on delicous food! Make sure to book!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A bit of the beaten track but worth a visit. There is a lovely welcoming fire to sit around and enjoy a glass of Guinness after a brisk walk.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Beautiful location on the sea serving excellent food. Enjoy the lovely gardens and original style bar”
  • 6 locals recommend
Hotel
“The Tap Room is the culmination of this thinking, with three local businesses – Kinnegar Brewing, Sacarpello & Co and Rathmullan house, working in unison to provide a memorable dining experience. The focus here is on real stone baked pizzas courtesy of Scarpello & Co. from the outdoor wood fired pizza oven, plus a selection of Irish craft beers on tap from Kinnegar Brewery.”
  • 10 locals recommend

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