Derry/Londonderry Travel Guide

  • Che Guevara mural
    Che Guevara mural
    by GeoV
  • 'Bloody Sunday' mural
    'Bloody Sunday' mural
    by GeoV
  • Derry, along the River Foyle
    Derry, along the River Foyle
    by Goner

Derry/Londonderry Things to Do

  • WAR MEMORIAL

    The Diamond War Memorial was erected in 1927 to commemorate the citizens of the city that lost their lives in World War I.It was built by charitable contributions. The memorial was designed by brothers Sydney and Vernon March. Minatures were also made that now are in St Columb’s Cathedral in Derry.

    more
  • Three different Bogside murals

    It would be fair to say that most Ulster murals (although not all) have a political statement to make. However, political statements come in various forms and these three in the Republican district of the Bogside are rather different. The first picture shows a mural commemorating the ten prisoners who died on hunger strike for the right to...

    more
  • Memorial

    A "Bloody Sunday" memorial was erected in memory of the 14 Derry residents who were killed on that tragic Sunday, January 30th, 1972. The Memorial is situated in the Free Derry area of the Bogside, where the events of Bloody Sunday took place. Residents of the area regularly place fresh wreathes at the foot of the memorial, making it in important...

    more
  • Old City Walls

    The old walled city of Derry lies on the west bank of the River Foyle with the location of old Derry on the east bank, the present city now covers both banks (Cityside to the west and Waterside to the east) and the river is spanned by two bridges.

    more
  • Church in Derry

    I too this picture as we were riding around in the rain, I believe it's the St. Augustine Church. I've searched on line to see if I can match this picture up with someone's pic with no avail. If anyone recognizes it as one with another name, please leave me a message - thanks.

    more
  • War Memorial in the Diamond

    The present War memorial was built in 1927 by the sculptor Vernon March. The figures represent the Navy and the Army and are overlooked by the winged Angel of Victory representing the Royal Air-force. The cenotaph in the Diamond is now a memorial to all those who died during World War I & II. Located in the center of the walled city, it is possible...

    more
  • River Foyle

    The River Foyle winds though Derry and affords a great place to take pictures. It was rainy when I was there so didn't get the best shots.

    more
  • Murals

    The Bogside Artists are the mural painters from Derry named Tom Kelly, his brother William Kelly, and Kevin Hasson who are responsible for the outdoor murals called the People's Gallery in the Bogside section of Derry. The murals document events and themes pertaining to the civil rights struggle during the troubles in Northern Ireland. As you walk...

    more
  • The Guildhall

    This a neo-Gothic style building is the Guildhall. Many concert events and exhibitions are held here during the year, it serves as the civic and cultural center for the people of the Derry. It was built in 1887 by the Irish Society and an English organization to promote the colonization of the County of Londonderry during the Plantation of Ulster....

    more
  • Free Derry

    "You Are Now Entering Free Derry" was painted in January 1969 by John Casey. It’s located on the corner of Lecky Road and Fahan Street in Bogside. The sign remains as an important symbol for Irish Nationalists.

    more
  • Booze Cruise, Toucan Cruise Line

    Cruise on the River Foyle out into the Bay and back. DJ and dancing. Snacks sold at the bar (lower deck), beer, wine, alcoholic beverages, pub tables and chairs, pub atmosphere, suitable for children. Was raining when we cruised so we stayed indoors and viewed the banks from the windows, but you can cruise on the outdoor upper deck in good weather....

    more
  • Hands across the Divide

    As soon as you cross Craigavon Bridge, on your way from the railway station, this lovely monument will definitely catch your attention. It's called ‘Hands across the Divide’ and is a work by Maurice Harron.

    more
  • No Surrender

    This is yet another mural, reflecting the spirit of the people here during the Troubles.The "No Surrender" mural is right outside the city wall: "Londonderry west bank loyalists still under siege no surrender"

    more
  • Free Derry signs

    There are several large stone columns on main roads into the city welcoming drivers to "the walled city".One of them is the "Free Derry" sign in the Bogside.

    more
  • Murals

    There are wall murals throughout the city. They depict the life during the Troubles.Visit the Bogside Gallery and the Fountain area for the true experience.

    more

Derry/Londonderry Hotels

Derry/Londonderry Restaurants

  • MY BILL

    CUSTOM HOUSE RESTAURANT.Went there tonight for the first time, we went for the valentine's menuthe price was £29.95 for starters main course dessert tea or coffee,The soup coriander very nice, then the main course 8oz steak one medium rare the other well done, both ended up rare, we then asked what was for dessert the waiter said the creme brulee...

    more
  • Cheap food

    I just came here for a beer. I still checked the menu and noticed that main courses cost 4,49£-6,99£.Didn´t eat there because I just had dinner elsewhere.Pint of beer and pint of cider cost together 3,80£.Prices 08/2006.

    more
  • Derry/Londonderry Hotels

    53 Hotels in Derry/Londonderry

Derry/Londonderry Nightlife

  • Rip Off Derry

    Visited Monaco bar, Derry, on Saturday April 9th with my wife. No great atmosphere.Lounge area in darkness and not in use. Barmaid must have imagined that we were tourists because she overcharged us considerably - £7.60. The same round cost £6.30 in nearby pub which had entertainment + atmosphere. The Monaco is a city centre pub beside historic...

    more
  • Booze Cruise

    Cruise on the River Foyle out into the Bay and back. DJ and dancing. Snacks sold at the bar (lower deck), beer, wine, alcoholic beverages, pub tables and chairs, pub atmosphere, suitable for children. Was raining when we cruised so we stayed indoors and viewed the banks from the windows, but you can cruise on the outdoor upper deck in good weather....

    more
  • Derry Nightclub Dancing

    On a main street in Derry, Northern Ireland, is The Roc, the bar on the first floor at Earth Nightclub. Upstairs is Earth, the number One nightclub in Derry. You can dance the night away. There's a small dance floor at the Roc bar, and upstairs is the larger nightclub. One special night here, after closing, some of the "bouncers" came home with Val...

    more

Derry/Londonderry Transportation

  • From Derry to Belfast by bus

    Buses are leaving the bus station at Foyle Street in Derry every half an hour for Belfast. It is Goldliner Service 212 that operates between the two cities and a single ticket was £10.50 (March 2011). I was sure I would miss the 10 o’clock bus as I left the hostel late. But when I walked in to the station one minute passed ten the Belfast bus was...

    more
  • To Derry from Ballintoy

    I took the 9.00 bus from Ballintoy to Coleraine. It took 43 minutes and was £3.90 (March 2011). First I had thought of stopping in Bushmills, which is only 15 minutes away from Ballintoy, to visit the whiskey distillery and to take the 11.15 or 13.15 bus from Bushmills on to Coleraine. In the end I decided I rather arrive to Derry early.From...

    more
  • Take a Bus Tour

    The weather wasn't being cooperative with us when we were visiting Derry so we took a bus tour with Top Tours to have some protection from the rain. It's a hop-on-hop-off tour stopping at 10 different sites around the city. It picked us up and dropped us off at the Guildhall where there is car parking. Top Tours has tours outside of Derry to...

    more

Derry/Londonderry Shopping

  • viddra's Profile Photo

    by viddra Written Aug 5, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The city houses 2 major shopping centres (Foyleside and Richmond), a number of designer boutiques and a unique craft village.

    Was this review helpful?

    more

Derry/Londonderry Local Customs

  • DAO's Profile Photo

    by DAO Updated Apr 24, 2013

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness


    Londonderry or Derry? As you approach a city with seemingly 2 names – you will see the battles commence. Both from the Republic of Ireland side of the border and inside Northern Ireland (UK) itself! There are many signs on the motorways (highways) and roads trying to tell you the direction and/or how many miles to drive to arrive at the second largest city in Northern Ireland. It’s an amazing historic and vibrant city that is also the 4th largest city on the Irish Island. But what is the battle?

    If you are Catholic – you will call the city ‘Derry’. If you are Protestant you will call it ‘Londonderry’. As I was driving along I saw most road signs with the LONDON part spray painted out. Even just when it said L’Derry – the ‘L’ was painted out. Fair play to vandals of a Protestant background. I saw a few signs where DERRY was painted out and I seemed to be driving toward London itself.

    And then there were the ultimate signs- both names painted out.

    The battle of Nowhere won!

    At least, given the death and pain, today the battles are with a spray can of paint, not an assault rifle in a crowd of civilians.


    If you would like some history – here it is!

    The official name of the city is Londonderry. Originally it was a village called Doire meaning ‘oak wood’ or ‘oak grove’ in Gaelic. In 1613, King James I granted the now city a Royal Charter and added ‘London’ when all of Ireland was part of an English, later United Kingdom. Interestingly the County Londonderry in which it resides in existed with the full name first. The County was created (there was never a ‘County Derry’) in reference to the London Livery Companies of the Irish Society. This was a venture that pioneered the colonisation of Northern Ireland.

    LONDON? NO - IT IS LONDONDERRY ! MAYBE NOT NO ONE WINS AND WE ARE ALL LOST
    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Business Travel
    • Motorcycle

    Was this review helpful?

    more

Derry/Londonderry What to Pack

  • viddra's Profile Photo

    by viddra Written Aug 5, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather here is very changeable - it can be sunny for an hour, rainy for half an hour, then sunny again. So, it's advisable to always have a raincoat or umbrella prepared!

    Was this review helpful?

    more

Derry/Londonderry Favorites

  • Goner's Profile Photo

    by Goner Updated Sep 15, 2010

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Favorite thing: This very imposing statue "Hands across the divide" stands on a roundabout near the bridge on the City side. It was erected here in 1992 to heal Derry of its past.

    Derry Statue
    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Historical Travel
    • Photography

    Was this review helpful?

    more

Instant Answers: Derry/Londonderry

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

71 travelers online now

Comments

 
Explore Deeper into Derry/Londonderry
Explore on foot!
Transportation
Easy Access!
Transportation
St Columb’s Cathedral
Things to Do
The Tower Museum
Things to Do
The Guildhall
Things to Do
City Walls
Things to Do
Walk Along The Walls Of Derry
Things to Do
City Walls
Things to Do
Protest Murals and Free Derry Corner
Things to Do
Derry Life
Things to Do
Map of Derry/Londonderry

View all Derry/Londonderry hotels