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Eglinton, formerly known as Muff, is a village in County Londonderry in Northern Ireland. It serves as a sleeper village to the city of Derry, which is 5.5 miles away. Eglinton has a small population – just over 3,000 – and is in close proximity to the Eglinton Aerodrome, a small airport that serves the city of Derry. The village has a history that spans more than 4 centuries, and was founded as a plantation habitation. You are bound to find exceptional things when you take your holidays to Eglinton. Eglinton still has an elegant church, former market house, trees around a green and four oaks which started life in Windsor Great Park. The River Muff flows through the village with the afforested Muff Glen being situated just south of the village. At an embankment of Lough Foyle, birdwatchers can find the feeding ground of many seabirds and waders on the mud flats at low tide. Travel Center offers all inclusive holidays to make your trip to Eglinton a memorable one. Get in touch with one of our experts today, and leave everything to us. Book holidays to Eglinton with us and experience this village in Northern Ireland at its very best.
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The Guildhall is a vintage building that’s sits in the city centre of Eglinton. Originally built in 1887 the place comprises of Neo-Gothic architectural styles; make note of the antique staircase and ancient organ. The sandstone building with Tudor influences is a must visit for a taste of ancient Irish history.
Shipquay is one of the original 4 gates built around the city. Dating back to 1805 the intricately carved gate has numerous emblems and motifs. Each side of the gate is fitted with a circular frame; the left side frame has a cornucopia while the right a caduceus.
This gate was badly damaged during the siege that took place in 1689. It was later rebuilt in 1790 and is named after the street it is placed on, Butcher Street; so named due to the many butcher stalls that lined the road.
A Triumphal Arch stands where this gate is today; it replaced the original gate in 1789. The arch was installed as a centenary celebration of the Closing of the Gates by the Apprentice Boys of Derry. On either side of the arch are steps that lead into the city while it is finely sculpted with heads representing the rivers Boyle and Foyle.
Overlooking the ferry quay on the River Foyle this too is one of the four original city gates. The gates initial drawbridge and tower were substituted with the present gate in 1865. This was the very gate the Apprentice Boys of Derry closed against the approaching Jacobite armies of James II in 1688.
Built between 1805 and 1808 this is one of the gates that was built into the wall below Butchers Gate. It is of historical significance and was home to an Old Irish fortified house at one time.
The New Gate was included in 1790 between the opening to Wapping Lane; better known as Fountain Lane today. Initially the lane was left open, but mounting tension felt before the United Irishmen Rising of 1798 caused the gate to be added.
St Columbs Cathedral
This is the city’s most historic building; having being constructed just after the Reformation. The cathedral is home to various artefacts from the uprising together with silver communion plates and a comprehensive account of historical figures. Built in 1633 this monument is a must visit for culture buffs,
St Augustine’s Church
Built in 1872 this Neo-Gothic church is the masterpiece of architect J G Ferguson. It sits in the Columbus/Colmcille monastery dating back to 546 AD. The original church dates back to 1164; the ancient graveyard is a huge historical databank waiting to be explored.
The award winning Tower Museum is an ideal browse for history lovers to learn all about Derry. The well chronicled history and fascinating artefacts are displayed in both an interesting and interactive manner. There are permanent exhibits too on more of the city’s history.