Information Coleraine Ireland
At the start of the seventeenth century, British rulers settled British people in Ireland under the Plantation of Ulster. Coleraine became more developed as a result. The town continued to grow during the industrial revolution – its river port made it advantageous to develop the area too. Railway enhancements meant that the town expanded further. Further development occurred after World War Two, with the population doubling because of the University of Ulster and further industrial development. Coleraine and its environs have been inhabited for thousands of years. An eight thousand year old Mesolithic site at Mount Sandel is testament to this and is the earliest evidence of human habitation on the island of Ireland. Coleraine is known as the “Capital of the Causeway Coast”. Although it is some distance from the Giant’s Causeway, which is steeped in myth and legend, the fact that Coleraine is among the oldest population centres in Ireland lends some weight to its nickname. With its new shopping centre, the Diamond, it is a great shopping town. Coleraine has plenty of other activities. On the water, it has many sports available. Other nearby rivers, the Bush, the Lower Bann and the Agivey – as well as the Bann – make Coleraine a hotspot for fishing. There is also a nearby water park at Portrush for families to enjoy. Coleraine also has at least six quality golfing courses in the area. Beaches can be enjoyed by the family. There are also adventure and amusement parks. Its Riverside Theatre may feature shows or gigs for evening entertainment from world class performers and troupes from many genres.
Attractions Coleraine Ireland
Derry City Walls - Derry
Throughout the ages these famous walls have withstood several sieges, the most celebrated lasting one hundred and five days. Fine views from the top of the walls encircle the old city, a circuit of 1 mile. Access is free at all times.
Foyle Valley Railway Centre - Derry
Located at Foyle Road, Derry, there are two CDR steam locos on display at the centre here - the Columbkille class 5 2.6.4T and Meenglas class 5 2.6.4T, both built in 1904. There is also an audio visual and electronic map display. Summer weekend trips on the CDR diesel railcar numbers 12 and 18 run along the narrow gauge track through Foyle Riverside Park.
Harbour Museum - Derry
Located at Harbour Square, Derry, a traditional museum, with emphasis on the city's maritime and riverine connections. Displays include miscellaneous artefacts which help to create a Victorian atmosphere. Temporary exhibitions are regularly displayed in the museum.
Roe Valley Country Park - Limavady
Located at Limavady, Ulster's first domestic hydro-electric power station opened in 1896. A lot of the original equipment is still preserved, particularly the ruined water mills used in linen production. The park has a riverside walk, history trail, canoeing, rock climbing, fishing, visitor centre, exhibitions and cafe.
St Columb's Cathedral - Derry
Located in Derry City and built in 1633, the stained glass depicts heroic scenes from the great siege of 1688/89. The keys of the gates which were closed against the Jacobites are displayed in the chapter house. There's an audio visual display on the siege and history of the cathedral.