All field trips will depart from the conference venue at 09:30 on Tuesday the 28th June. Please ensure that you have registered to attend your chosen field trip by logging into your account here and selecting the field trip option. Places for the Derry/LondonDerry and Armagh trips are limited.



Housing in a Divided City

The tour facilitated by the Housing Executive, which is the housing authority for Northern Ireland and its biggest landlords, will demonstrate the difficulties of providing social housing in a divided city.

The tour will highlight efforts made by the Housing Executive over the last 45 years to improve the physical condition of homes in Belfast and show where work still remains to be done. It will identify areas where the Housing Executive has been instrumental in encouraging diversified tenure such as low cost privately owned housing and locations where some of housing associations have undertaken new build.

Participants will also get a chance to see at first hand some of the peace walls and historical buildings in the city as well as gaining an insight into the impact which community conflict has had on the provision of social housing.

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“I would like to welcome this prestigious event to the Borough and hope that the international delegates enjoy learning more about Armagh in particular which will assist them in their future work.”

Councillor Garath Keating, Lord Mayor Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

Navan Fort, Ancient Capital of Ulster

You will start your adventure in Armagh with a visit to Navan Fort, Ancient Capital of Ulster and once Seat of the High Kings of Ulster. Experience Iron Age life with the Celtic warriors as they regale you with tales of their prowess! Visit the ancient site itself where your guide will enlighten you of the impressive finds unearthed during the extensive archaeological excavations. So impressive is this site that it is thought that it was the existence of Navan which brought St. Patrick himself to the area!

Armagh has been the ecclesiastical capital of all Ireland since the fifth century, when Saint Patrick founded his church here. Today there are two cathedrals, both named after the Saint. Saint Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral stands on an important Christian site, where Patrick built his original stone church. Saint Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church is close by, on the opposite hill. Armagh is at the heart of celebrating the life of Saint Patrick and a major destination on the Saint Patrick’s Trail.

This is Armagh … a story of our City and area that has a unique sense of place in Ireland with an importance and influence felt across the island for 6500 years. A significant place we want to share.

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Get Ready for a ‘LegenDerry’ Experience!

Visit Derry is delighted the European Network for Housing Research Conference will be hosted in Northern Ireland and we look forward to welcoming conference delegates to visit the iconic Walled City of Derry~Londonderry as part of your action packed conference programme!

Located in the stunning North West of Ireland, the charming city of Derry~Londonderry is renowned as one of the finest Walled cities in Europe, full of fascinating history and culture. This vibrant destination offers a unique combination of rich heritage and a buzzing social scene – Derry was named as ‘Friendliest Destination in Northern Ireland’ so you will be guaranteed the very warmest of welcomes from the charismatic locals! Uncover the many cultural delights on offer; take a trip back in time and discover over 400 years of history strolling along the historic 17th Century Walls, home to one of the largest collections of Cannon in Europe. Enjoy magnificent historic buildings and cathedrals or check out one of the many museums to uncover this unique destination’s fascinating story and journey to peace.

A busy schedule is guaranteed to work up an appetite so check out one of the many restaurants for a bite to eat. 2016 has been themed as Northern Ireland’s Yeat of Food and Drink, and Derry~Londonderry was named as runner up in the prestigious ‘Restaurant Association of Ireland’s 2015 ‘Foodie Town Awards’ so you can be sure to enjoy the very best of locally sourced produce including ‘from pier to plate’ seafood caught locally in neighboring Co. Donegal!

If you have time to squeeze in some retail therapy you are spoilt for choice… This fashionista’s paradise has two shopping centres which has a vast array of high street names alongside the vibrant independent stores. For those looking for something a little bit different check out the Craft Village, home to a range of local, authentic craft providers where you can pick up stunning pieces of artwork and clothing.

For anyone wishing to extend their stay in Northern Ireland, Derry~Londonderry is located less than a 1 hour transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage Site the Giant’s Causeway and Bushmills Whiskey Distillery, the oldest licensed distillery in the world! To the South of the city lie the Sperrin Mountains, a stunning area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and to the West you can marvel at the magnificent natural beauty of Co. Donegal, home to fabulous attractions such Glenveagh National Park and Doagh Famine Village, not to mention some of the best links golf courses in Europe and gateway to the spectacular ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ – the longest defined coastal touring route in the world!

Winner of the inaugural City of Culture 2013, listed by highly acclaimed travel publication ‘Lonely Planet’ as a ‘Top 10 City in the World to Visit’ and named by ‘USA Today’ newspaper as ‘Best Halloween Destination in the World’ we guarantee a ‘LegenDerry’ experience!

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