Derry/Londonderry Travel Guide
Che Guevara mural
Che Guevara mural
'Bloody Sunday' mural
Derry, along the River Foyle
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...
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...
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...
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.
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 -...
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...
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.
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...
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...
Ramada Da Vinci's Hotel
2 Reviews and 288 Opinions this hotel was great except for 1 thing,when we arrived we were asked for debit or credit card which...
The Derry Travelodge Hotel
2 Reviews and 138 Opinions The room we found ourselves in here has to be easily the worst we have ever stayed in anywhere. The...
CUSTOM HOUSE RESTAURANT DERRY: 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...
JD Wetherspoons - The Diamond: 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.
Monaco Bar, Custom House Street, Derry: 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...
The River Foyle, Toucan Cruise: 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...
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...
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...
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...
Foyleside and Richmond: Shopping centres
The city houses 2 major shopping centres (Foyleside and Richmond), a number of designer boutiques and a unique craft village.
Written Aug 5, 2007
THE BATTLE OF NOWHERE
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.
Updated Apr 24, 2013
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What to take?
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!
Written Aug 5, 2007
Hands Across the Divide
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.
Updated Sep 15, 2010
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