FACE 2012 Tourist Information

The cathedral city of Londonderry is located on the banks of Lough Foyle in the northwest of Northern Ireland. As one of the oldest inhabited places in Ireland the city has strong traditions and a wealth of culture, which combines with an active social scene to make the city an exciting place to live and study.


The most visibly striking features of the city are its historic walls. Northern Ireland's second largest city, Derry is sometimes referred to as the Maiden City since its walls were never breached during a siege in the late 17th century. It is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of a walled city in Europe today. Londonderry has been selected as the UK's first City of Culture for 2013.


The Magee campus is named after the College founded by Martha Magee in 1845. It is located only a short walk along the River Foyle away from the city walls and comprises a mixture of historical and new buildings and modern and traditional facilities. The central feature of the campus is the original building opened in 1865 which overlooks Lough Foyle.


Information on the Host City

  • Winners of the first ever UK City of Culture (2013)
  • Official host port for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 1-7 July 2012
  • £200million invested in infrastructure including the recent construction of the iconic Peace Bridge and the redevelopment of the historic Ebrington Military Site
  • Ireland's only completely walled city. The 17th Century Walls are one of the finest examples of their kind in the whole of Europe
  • Idylically located just 20 minutes drive from the stunning landscape of Co.Donegal and just 45 minutes drive from the UNESCO World Heritage Site - The Giant's Causeway
  • A high standard of cost effective accommodation available within easy reach of the conference centre
  • An opportunity to sample the famous Irish hospitality – relax and unwind after a busy day with a contemporary twist on traditional cuisine and a 'seisiún' (session) in a local pub


If you would like to 'extend your stay', after the conference, to tour Derry~Londonderry and the beautiful North Coast, please see details and preferential rates for FACE 2012 delegates on our Extend Your Stay page.


Maiden City Open Top Tours

www.dessielynch.com - Tel: 0044 (0) 28 7135 4013

The tour departs from the Tourist Information Centre every hour on the hour and picks up at the Guildhall. The tour lasts approximately 50 minutes. It travels around the east and west banks of the city. The tour will explore the historic city of Derry ~ Londonderry from its foundation through to the present day.


Martin McCrossan City Tours

www.derrycitytours.com - Tel: 0044 (0) 28 7127 1996

Based in the heart of the historic city of Derry ~ Londonderry, this innovative tourism venture puts choice, quality and service at the centre of its activities. Tours commence at 10am, 12noon and 2pm every day. City Tours provide this personalised guided tour from the City of Derry to the World Heritage site at the Giant's Causeway. City Tours provide regional tours of Donegal and the Sperrin mountains.


To the West in Donegal you will find miles of sandy beaches and dramatic coastline, perfect for outdoor enthusiasts! Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Inishowen Peninsula, or visit Glenveagh National Park and Castle, home to stunning gardens, lakes and wildlife.


Giant's Causeway


45 minutes drive to the North East lies the Giant's Causeway; a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Northern Ireland's most visited attraction! The world's oldest whisky distillery – Bushmills, is also located nearby.
For the thrill seekers out there, why not try and cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge! Not for the faint hearted!


In the village that is home to the world's oldest distillery, between the Giant's Causeway and Royal Portrush Golf Club, you can absorb, the inherently warm, welcoming and relaxed atmosphere of the Bushmills Inn hotel, www.bushmillsinn.com, Tel: 0044 (0) 28 2073 2339.


Glenveagh National Park

www.glenveaghnationalpark.ie - Tel: 00353 (0) 74 91 37090

Glenveagh National Park lies in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains in the North-West of Co. Donegal. It is a remote and beautiful wilderness of rugged mountains and pristine lakes.


Donegal, The Antrim Coast and Belfast

It is also possible to extend your stay in Donegal, The Antrim Coast or Belfast and avail of preferential rates, negotiated by the conference organisers. Further information will be updated on the Conference website.