Derry Travel Guide

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Derry Things to Do

  • River Foyle

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    A 20-or-so mile cycle route along the river Foyle. It takes you from Derry all the way to the border towns of Strabane and Lifford. Escape the traffic! You ride through quiet country roads and county lanes and get great views of the river and the surrounding countryside. Obviously you don't need a bicycle, you can just as well walk the distance if...

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  • Bogside

    You cannot come to Derry without visiting the Bogside with its murals painted by the by now famous Bogside Artists and the even more famous Free Derry corner. The wall was originally the gable wall of a house on the Lecky Road where many civil rights demonstrations and public meetings were held. There have been a number of attempts to demolish the...

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  • City Walls

    Derry is also known as the Maiden City. That's because since the walls were built, they have never been brought down. All of the walls you see are original. Well, apart from the stretch that construction workers managed to collapse when they built the Millenium Theatre! You can walk all around the walls and over the 7 gates. You get a great view...

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  • Tower Museum

    UPDATE February 2004: The Tower museum is closed for renovations until further notice. If you want to learn about the history of Derry, then the Tower Museum is the best place to start. It tells you the whole history starting with the first settlers who arrived here and lived on Oysters, the origins of the name Derry (Doire - Oakgrove), the...

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  • City Walls

    Derry is also known as the Maiden City. That's because since the walls were built, they have never been brought down. All of the walls you see are original. Well, apart from the stretch that construction workers managed to collapse when they built the Millenium Theatre! You can walk all around the walls and over the 7 gates. You get a great view...

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  • Tower Museum

    UPDATE February 2004: The Tower museum is closed for renovations until further notice.If you want to learn about the history of Derry, then the Tower Museum is the best place to start. It tells you the whole history starting with the first settlers who arrived here and lived on Oysters, the origins of the name Derry (Doire - Oakgrove), the building...

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Derry Restaurants

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    by laurentka Written Feb 27, 2004

    Well OK, the place is not just opened on Sundays but all through the week. But it's one of the only places where you get a decent breakfast early (I guess from about 9 or 9.30am onwards) on a Sunday morning! Sunday mornings in this city are pretty much dead until the shops open at 1pm.

    They also offer Internet access.

    Favorite Dish: Just ask for a big fry :o)

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Derry Nightlife

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    UPDATE February 2004: It looks like the boys have problems getting the boat rented again due to Insurance costs (which are sky high in Northern Ireland for anything with an engine!). But they still do the nights in Sandinos. Check their website for dates. My mate Chaz (see pic) organises this monthly event together with his mate Jonny. Both take...

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  • Nerve Centre

    This venue is primarily a multimedia centre. It has training facilities for all kinds of audio/video. They also hire out practice rooms to local bands and have a small cinema. But the main attraction must be the stage. It's only since they opened their new premises in Magazine Street that we finally get to see bigger bands without having to...

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  • Nerve Centre

    This venue is primarily a multimedia centre. It has training facilities for all kinds of audio/video. They also hire out practice rooms to local bands and have a small cinema. But the main attraction must be the stage. It's only since they opened their new premises in Magazine Street that we finally get to see bigger bands without having to travel...

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  • Ireland's only floating funk club

    UPDATE February 2004: It looks like the boys have problems getting the boat rented again due to Insurance costs (which are sky high in Northern Ireland for anything with an engine!). But they still do the nights in Sandinos. Check their website for dates.My mate Chaz (see pic) organises this monthly event together with his mate Jonny. Both take...

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  • Sandino's

    A great place to get away from all the bars providing you with dull music from the radio, especially the local station Q102 (absolutely dreadful!) or Karaoke and two-piece bands (shudder). It's not the biggest bar but nice. Unfortunately the pool room is no more, but now they have live music there as well. The punters are a very mixed crowd of all...

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  • What's on and where?

    Derry has a lot of bars, and many provide some kind of entertainment at night. A good way to find out about what's happening is to head to the nearest newsagent and buy the 'Derry Journal' (also affectionately known as the 'Derry Liar' amongst the locals, out every Tuesday and Friday). Check the Entertainment pages. There's not just venue listings...

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Derry Transportation

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    AIRporter provides buses from Derry to both Belfast International and the City Airport. During the Summer the buses are going every 2 hours. I always use them when I fly from Belfast. They even wait up for you when your plane is late! Check their website for more information and address.

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  • Getting to and from Derry

    There's no problem whatsoever to get to and from Derry. Derry has got its own airport about 30mins drive from the city centre. There's frequent buses and trains from Belfast and Dublin at reasonable prices.All of Derry City can be explored on foot. It's not really that big. A hire car is always a good idea when travelling in Ireland anyway. You can...

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Derry Local Customs

  • Language

    Language - or more to the point Derry lingo can be a bit of a communication barrier sometimes. Derry people do not speak normal English!! And they talk fast which really doesn't help matters. I was fluent in English when I moved here in '96, now I'm fluent in Derry lingo as well :o) I'd recommend an excellent (and very funny) book written by Seamus...

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  • Excuse me?!? Could you repeat that???

    Language - or more to the point Derry lingo can be a bit of a communication barrier sometimes. Derry people do not speak normal English!! And they talk fast which really doesn't help matters. I was fluent in English when I moved here in '96, now I'm fluent in Derry lingo as well :o) I'd recommend an excellent (and very funny) book written by Seamus...

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  • Derry people are a very...

    Derry people are a very friendly and hospitable bunch. If you're in a bar in company of locals and they buy a round then you'll be sort of expected to buy a round at some point as well. It's kinda tradition. Don't worry if you forget, someone will remind you when it's your turn ;o) And don't be surprised if you pass locals you've never met in the...

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Derry Warnings and Dangers

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    by laurentka Updated Jan 13, 2003

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    One warning about going out in Derry: After the bars and clubs close don't hang around the streets - especially Waterloo Place/William Street/Waterloo Street and the bottom of Shipquay Street. A lot of drunk teenagers spill onto the streets after closing time and some of them just can't handle their drink and they think the night's not complete without picking a good fight. And definitely don't hang around if you spot a police landrover nearby. They are THE favourite targets for practicing stone and bottle throwing.

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Derry Tourist Traps

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    by laurentka Written Dec 2, 2002

    Ok, not so much a tourist trap, but a money saver. If you're on holidays in Ireland and you're driving, then don't forget to fill up the car before you cross the border into the North! Most people living along the border do exactly the same thing. Oh, and cigarettes are quite a bit cheaper in the Republic as well! Try to go for petrol when most of the locals are at work, or the queues at the filling stations can be quiiiiiite long.

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Derry What to Pack

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    by laurentka Updated Jan 13, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wherever you travel in Ireland make sure you pack the right clothes. When travelling in the summer don't just pack shorts and t-shirts - the weather can change often and quickly! Waterproofs always come in handy. Some Derry people might walk around in shorts/skirts and t-shirts in all temperatures, but you might find it way too cold :o) And don't forget your walking boots, Ireland is perfect for hiking.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you're brave you can bring your swimming trunks for a dip in Lough Swilly across the border in Inishowen/Donegal. Be warned though - it's bloody freezing even on a hot summer's day!!!

    Miscellaneous: If you intend to go clubbing then be warned that most clubs won't let you in wearing sneakers or sport labels. Bring your good clubbing shoes/clothes if you want to hit the tiles.

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Derry Off The Beaten Path

  • Scenic

    If you haven't got a car then rent one for a day and head across the border into Donegal. Right across the border you have the start of the Inishowen peninsula. Look out for the Inishowen 100 signs. They lead you all along the coast, passing beauty spots with great views. It takes you up through Buncrana along Lough Swilly, all the way up to Malin...

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  • Scenic 100 mile round-trip

    If you haven't got a car then rent one for a day and head across the border into Donegal. Right across the border you have the start of the Inishowen peninsula. Look out for the Inishowen 100 signs. They lead you all along the coast, passing beauty spots with great views. It takes you up through Buncrana along Lough Swilly, all the way up to Malin...

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  • Grianan Ailigh - The ancient celtic...

    Grianan Ailigh (4000 years old) overlooks Lough Swilly and surroundings. You find it when you drive from Derry across the border into Donegal, direction Burt. Once you get to Burt look out for the Grianan Ailigh Visitor Centre on the left hand side. I do not really recommend to walk all the way up - it gets quite steep. Take your car, much easier.I...

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Derry Favorites

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    by laurentka Updated Dec 2, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Get yourself down to the Tourist Information - A good place to start when planning your excursions is always the Tourist Information. Derry's is located in Foyle Street. You cannot just only find interesting things to visit and do in Derry and surroundings, but they have a lot of stuff for the whole of Ireland. Whenever I'm off to a trip across the border I usually head down to the Tourist Information to get myself all the brochures I need. The staff there are very helpful as well.

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