It is essential to take a walk around Derry’s beautifully preserved (and never breached) seventeenth century walls which surround the old city. This is a good way to get a feel for the city, and to look over onto estates on both sides of the divide. Guided tours available.
The exhibits on display at this local museum are mostly donations made by local residents, who experienced the turbulent 1960’s and 70’s first-hand. The over 25,000 artifacts tell a subjective, but authentic story of Derry's residents during the civil rights and Free Derry historic eras.
This is an award winning museum that houses two permanent exhibitions, telling the stories of the City of Derry and of an Armada shipwreck found off the coast of Donegal in 1971 through a range of displays and interactive exhibits. The top floor provides panoramic open air views of the city and the River Foyle.
One of Derry's favorite cultural haunts, The Playhouse is an award-winning Community Art Centre that houses a small theatre (known for its outstanding performances), a dance studio and hosts visual art shows on a regular basis. Check the program to see what's on when you are in town.
The Ness is a beautiful park to take a stroll through any time of year. Do some bird watching, sit down for a picnic by the riverside if the weather allows or simply indulge in the tranquility of the park's quiet paths and scenic waterfalls - all within reasonable reach of the city.
St. Columb's Park is a perfect spot for a getaway in nature while still in close proximity of the city. Pack a picnic and, if you are lucky, there will be a fun event taking place at the St Columb's Park House. There is a children's playground at the bottom end of the park.
The cuisine at Fitzroy's is mainly European, with a variety of savory dishes to choose from. Pricing is reasonable, and deals are available on most days - the earlier in the week, the higher the discount. It tends to get quite busy in the evenings, so get arrive early to be seated fast.
Mama Masala combines two great culinary traditions - Indian and Italian - into one unusual fusion, and serves Indian fare alongside pizza and pasta. It tends to get busy on the evenings, so it is recommended to call and book a table in advance, especially if you prefer to be seated by the window.
Cedar A taste of Lebanon is family-run a Lebanese restaurant with a cosy atmosphere. Staff is friendly and always willing to make a recommendation for the undecided guest. For the best experience, do not skip the hot and cold mezze, kebabs, tabouli, falafel and hummus.
Café and roastery comparable to Starbucks, the Coffee Factory boasts an extensive coffee list as well as a number of small meals, such as wraps, sandwiches, bagels and even meat pies. There is plenty of comfortable seating available, both sofas and chairs, as well as outside seating.
This inviting establishment charms with its ambiance, attentive service and elegant, artisan meals. There are two separate seating areas - the bistro itself and a cosy café consistently serving quality coffee. Brunch is served until 4pm and live music often plays at night.
Popular with backpackers, Peadar O’Donnell’s provides good old fashioned “craic” and live music every night (although shows often start late, and sometimes give way to live broadcasts of football matches). It's a proper traditional Irish bar serving beer at affordable prices.
Perhaps surprisingly little-known, Bennigans Bar and Jazz Club is itself owned by a musician.. Some shows (especially those on Saturday nights) are very popular and require pre-booking. Bennigans is also one of the select few places serving complimentary tapas along with drinks.
Grand Central Bar might not be too grand in size, but surely has a larger-than-life personality: it tends to get quite busy in the evenings with both locals and tourists enjoying a drink or two, or taking part in the pub quizzes conducted here weekly. Some food options are also available.
The Derry Craft Village is an area within the city walls where a number of small shops and boutiques selling all manner of unique items are concentrated. It might just be the best place to stock up on gifts, knick-knacks, artisan jewelry and much more, all produced by local designers.
For traditional Irish items, stop by this family-run store in Shipquay Street and browse through beautiful, high-quality fabrics (linen, cashmere, silks, etc.), clothing, accessories, traditional Celtic jewelry (silver, gold & freshwater pearls), pottery, souvenirs and more.
The City of Derry Airport is located 8 miles from Derry City Centre. Taxis are the quickest and most reliable way to get to and from the airport and can be found outside the airport terminal. Connecting bus services are available to and from the airport at various times each day and leave passengers at the Ulsterbus Depot, Foyle Street, Derry City Centre. The journey to Derry City Centre takes about 30 minutes. The AIRporter service operates six times per day to and from the AIRporter’s City Centre base at the Quayside Shopping Centre. It is advisable to make a reservation. Reservations are free, guarantee a seat and you only pay on the day you travel. You can also buy your ticket directly from the driver on board the coach on most services.
Derry is a small city and can be covered on foot in a short space of time. The main bus station is located at Foyle Street in the city centre and Ulsterbus runs a bus service within the city. The train station is located at Duke Street in the Waterside area of the city and is served by the Belfast to Derry service.