Welcome to Derry~Londonderry
Planning a trip to Derry~Londonderry will land you in the centre of Northern Ireland’s culture and creativity. With so much to see and do, our Derry~Londonderry Travel Guide is here to help you plan the perfect short break to the UK's very first City of Culture, awarded the honour in 2013. With over 1450 years of history, this timeless 6th Century city is found on the North-Western landscapes of Ireland astride the magnificent River Foyle. Famous for its contemporary vibes and vibrant personality, a city break in Derry~Londonderry will bring an eclectic mix of history, culture and Irish spirit like no other.
Roam through the city’s bustling streets or stroll along the 17th century walls of the only completely walled city in the UK. It’s the perfect way to discover Derry~Londonderry’s vivid history, contemporary brilliance and their world-renowned friendly generosity. A wander across the impressive Peace Bridge as it curves over the River Foyle leads you to the famous Ebrington Square. As the centre of Derry~Londonderry’s cultural events and festivals, Ebrington holds a truly energetic atmosphere, hosting exciting and inspiring celebrations throughout the year.
No matter what season you plan your visit to Derry~Londonderry, this city break promises enthusiasm and gusto by the bucketload. Celebrate the biggest and best of Irish culture with art, music and literature from around the globe! Peruse through our Derry~Londonderry Travel Guide for an insight into the culture and history that makes this North-Western Irish city the perfect place for short break away.
Must do's by day
Visit Saint Columb's Cathedral, the city’s most historic building
Enjoy stunning neo-Gothic architecture at The Guildhall
Walk along the Peace Bridge over the majestic River Foyle
Must do's by night
Treat yourself to a pint of Guinness at Mason’s Bar
Experience an evening cruise down the River Foyle
Don’t miss dance & theatre productions at The Playhouse
Travelling to Derry~Londonderry
Choose from a wide range of flights and ferries for an easy way to travel to Derry~Londonderry. There’s also plenty of handy road and rail links to help you navigate your way around Ireland.
The Translink NI Railway integrates the metro and rail services for easy and accessible journeys between Derry~Londonderry and Belfast. Offering a combination of express services and multi-stop services, you can choose from 6-7 trains per hour at peak times.
The Ulsterbus is also part of the Translink NI Service providing local bus services across Northern Ireland. With regular schedules running day to day, it’s the most efficient and cost-effective way to travel to Derry~Londonderry.
The 3 main airports to choose from in Northern Ireland are Belfast International Airport, George Best Belfast City Airport and City of Derry Airport. Serving BA, Ryanair, easyJet and Aer Lingus, you can easily get to Derry~Londonderry from most UK cities within 1 hour.
Getting Around in Derry~Londonderry
Getting Around Overview
Whether you prefer to travel by bus, by boat or by taxi, there’s loads of great ways to get around in Derry~Londonderry. Within the city walls you can get about on foot and to go further afield, you can use the reliable public transport.
Ulsterbus offers regularly scheduled bus services across the city providing a quick and easy way to see the city sights in Derry~Londonderry.
You’ll find many reliable taxi services in Derry~Londonderry with experienced firms such as Derry Taxis, Foyle Delta Cabs and The Taxi Co. From local tours to airport transfers, finding a 24/7 professional taxi service is simple in Derry~Londonderry.
For truly unique view of the city you can opt for a river cruise down the River Foyle. Perfect for a day or night excursion, you can sit back and relax while the city sights of Derry~Londonderry drift past you.
Getting To Derry~Londonderry
Found in the North-Western settings of Ireland, Derry~Londonderry is easily accessible for a short break away. From affordable flights and ferries to handy rail and road links, there’s a mode of transport to suit your style and your budget. If you’re travelling by air, you can choose from Northern Ireland’s main airports; Belfast International Airport, George Best Belfast City Airport and City of Derry Airport, all of which offer flights to and from most UK cities. Crossing by ferry provides a short journey from England or Scotland with on-board shopping and entertainment. You can also utilise the excellent cross-border bus and rail links from the Irish Republic.
By RailTravelling by rail in Northern Ireland is a great way to get to Derry~Londonderry. The Translink NI Railway combines metro and rail services for easy and affordable journeys to the city. Whether you’ve arrived by air or sea, there’s a connecting rail journey available to get you Derry~Londonderry.
Approx. journey times by rail:
Belfast – Derry~Londonderry 2hrs 5mins
Larne – Derry~Londonderry 3hrs 50mins
Dublin – Derry~Londonderry 4hrs 35mins
Flights to Northern Ireland depart from most UK cities to 3 main airports; Belfast International Airport, George Best Belfast City Airport and City of Derry Airport. Supported by BA, Ryanair, easyJet and Aer Lingus, a flight from the UK to Northern Ireland is definitely the quickest way to get to Derry~Londonderry.
Flights to Belfast:
London 1hr 25mins
Birmingham 1hr 10mins
Leeds Bradford 1hr 5mins
Flights to Derry~Londonderrry:
London 1hr 30mins
Birmingham 1hr 15mins
Travel from coast to coast within a couple of hours to Northern Ireland from Scotland, England and the Isle of Man. With on-board entertainment and shopping, choosing the ferry is a cost effective and relaxing way to travel to Derry~Londonderry.
Approx. journey times by sea:
Cairnryan – Belfast 2hrs 15mins
Douglas – Belfast 2hrs 45mins
Liverpool Birkenhead – Belfast 8hrs
Cairnryan – Larne 2hrs
Troon – Larne 2hrs 15mins
Douglas – Larne 2hrs 45mins
Ferry services are available to both foot and vehicle passengers.
Getting Around in Derry~Londonderry
Using the public transport to get around in Derry~Londonderry is easy. With so many different ways to explore the city, you can make your way around the sights by bus, taxi or bike. Within the walls you can easily get about on foot but for those travelling further afield the Ulsterbus and NI Railways are a good choice. There’s plenty of reliable 24/7 taxi services available should you need it and for a more relaxing approach to sightseeing you can opt for a river cruise on the River Foyle.
By BusYou’ll find the local bus services in Derry~Londonderry run regularly from the bus station on Foyle Street. With more than 10 routes leading to the surrounding areas in the city, you can plan your sightseeing itinerary the way you want.
The Ulsterbus also provides a day ticket with unlimited travel across the city for a very affordable price.
By TaxiWith plenty of taxi firms around the city there’s no need to worry about hailing a cab in Derry~Londonderry. Head to Foyle Street or Duke Street for taxi stands or call one of the many professional 24/7 taxi services available through the city.
City Cabs Derry (028 7126 4466)
Derry Taxis (028 7126 0247)
Foyle Delta Cabs (028 7127 9999)
The Taxi Co. (028 7126 2626)
By BikeHire a bike in Derry~Londonderry for a leisurely and inexpensive way of exploring the city. There’s cycle routes throughout the city centre leading to surrounding areas, and even the countryside. From as little as £12 a day, bike hire in Derry~Londonderry is an experience worth trying.
556 Barnailt Road, Derry~Londonderry
(028 7133 8128)
Shopping in Derry~Londonderry
A trip to Derry~Londonderry offers a diverse mix of shopping opportunities. Perfect for any shopaholic, you can find everything from high-street shops and designer boutiques to traditional Irish gift and craft shops. Shoppers really are spoilt for choice in Derry~Londonderry with something to suit all budgets and tastes. From Foyleside, the largest shopping centre in Northern Ireland to Austins, the world’s oldest department store, finding the perfect Irish souvenir or holiday treat couldn’t be easier.
Top 5 Shopping Centres in Derry~Londonderry
Foyleside Shopping Centre, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6XY
Not only the largest shopping centre in Northern Ireland, but also the ‘Best Shopping Centre’ as acknowledged by NIRSC.
Richmond Shopping Centre, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6PE
Built on Richmond Street within the historic city walls, this renowned shopping mall is one of the most popular places for retail therapy.
Austins Department Store, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6HR
Experience some of the city’s history with a visit to Ireland’s first department store. Specialising in fashion items and giftware, it’s the perfect place for a shopping trip.
Quayside Shopping Centre, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 7PX
With its central location in Derry~Londonderry, you can enjoy a mixture of local and national shops and eat from the many food outlets on offer.
The Craft Village Collective, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6AR
The village of craft and culture with all the characteristics of years gone by. Find plenty of quirky craft shops offering wonderful gifts and Irish souvenirs.
Eating Out in Derry~Londonderry
When it comes to eating out in Derry~Londonderry, you’re definitely in for a treat. Choose from the finest restaurants, bistros and brasseries in Northern Ireland for a culinary experience you will not forget. Using locally farmed meats, fresh seafood straight from the Irish waters and first-class dairy produce, the city boasts a range of outstanding gourmet delights just waiting to be discovered. With award-winning Taste of Ulster chefs, more than 198 Gold Stars awarded to producers and 3 Product of Geographic Indication Awards, Derry~Londonderry is firmly on the foodie map.
Top 5 Restaurants in Derry~Londonderry
Ardmore at Beech Hill Country House Hotel, Ardmore Road, Derry~Londonderry, BT47 3QP
With an enviable reputation for high-quality and creative dishes, you can experience fine dining at its best in this luxurious and celebrated restaurant.
68 Clooney - White Horse Hotel, Clooney Road, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 3PA
Renowned for their warm and inviting atmosphere, this award-winning restaurant serves traditionally cooked, local and seasonal produce with a contemporary twist.
Fitzroy’s, Bridge Street, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6JZ
Winner of the Taste of Ulster Award and a local restaurant for more than 15 years, Fitzroy’s offers delightful European cuisine in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
The Exchange Restaurant, Queen’s Quay, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 7AY
From lunchtime meals to evening dining, this restaurant is a favourite in the area! Try tasty, locally sourced food while enjoying a delightful glass of wine or cocktail.
Browns In Town, Strand Road, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 8JB
Located in a bustling and lively area of the city, diners can enjoy a la carte dishes focussing on local produce and outstanding quality.
Nightlife in Derry~Londonderry
If you’re looking for a good night out with a range of traditional Irish pubs and contemporary bars to choose from, then the Derry~Londonderry nightlife will not disappoint. Head straight for the heart of the city centre where the energetic atmosphere really kicks off. Whether you’re looking to enjoy live Irish music with a pint of Guinness or want to dance the night away at one of Derry~Londonderry’s lively nightclubs, there’s a bar and a pint with your name on it.
Top 5 Derry~Londonderry Nightlife
Waterloo Street, Derry~Londonderry, BT48
The perfect place to head on a night out - don't miss the Rocking Chair Inn for a great, friendly atmosphere.
Sugar, Shipquay Street, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6DL
Considered the best place to be for dance music in Derry~Londonderry. You can party the night away in this lively and atmospheric nightclub.
Earth, Strand Road, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 7PA
For the best DJs and the trendiest tunes in the city, get yourself to the stylish Earth Nightclub on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The Diamond, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6HP
A genuinely pleasant local pub with a friendly atmosphere - popular with locals, The Diamond is a great social hub and a good place to meet up with friends.
Downeys, Shipquay Street, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6DL
Home to a nightclub, sports bar and the largest rooftop beer garden in the city, you’re sure to have a good night at Downeys.
Bars in Derry~Londonderry
With an impressive collection of pubs and bars in Derry~Londonderry to choose from, an evening out in the City of Culture 2013 has something to offer everyone. For an authentic night out with the Irish locals try a traditional pub for a pint of Guinness with live music and entertainment. If you’re looking for something a little more sophisticated, you’ll find plenty of contemporary bars offering a variety of beers, spirits and cocktails to suit your appetite.
Top 5 Derry~Londonderry Bars
Mason’s Bar, Magazine Street, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6HJ
Mason’s Bar is renowned in Derry~Londonderry for fantastic live music performances and entertainment from local, national and international talent.
Peadar O’Donnells, Waterloo Street, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6HD
Famous for traditional live music and its outgoing atmosphere, you can experience Irish nightlife the way the locals do in this extremely popular bar.
Gweedore Bar, Waterloo Street, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6HD
Attached to Peadar O’Donnells, Gweedore Bar is another great place for traditional live bands and modern music in true Irish surroundings.
Sandino's Cafe Bar, Water Street, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6BQ
Described as one of the best live music spots in the city, a night at Sandino’s offers an impressive range of musical talents from traditional Irish to popular DJs.
Tinneys Bar, Patrick Street, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 7EL
Celebrated for its friendly vibe and Irish tones, visitors to Tinneys Bar can enjoy a pint of legendary Guinness by the warm open fire.
Attractions in Derry~Londonderry
As the City of Culture 2013, Derry~Londonderry is at the heart of Northern Ireland’s culture and creativity. Combining its colourful historic background with a contemporary atmosphere, you can find plenty of exciting and inspiring attractions to explore. Celebrate Derry~Londonderry’s past and present with a walk along the 17th Century city walls or a stroll across the recently built Peace Bridge. Bringing you an extensive fusion of new and old, Derry~Londonderry is the perfect place to discover Irish history and culture at its best.
Top 5 Derry~Londonderry Attractions
Saint Columb's Cathedral, London Street, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6RQ
As Derry~Londonderry’s most historic building, visitors can experience a piece of the city’s past. A truly stunning cathedral with displays of artefacts from the Siege.
Peace Bridge, Queens Quay, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 7AS
A modern triumph in the city, connecting the two sides of Derry~Londonderry over the River Foyle. Perfect for those exploring the city sights on foot or bike.
The Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6DQ
Located in the centre of the city, The Guildhall is a striking and beautiful neo-Gothic building originally built in 1887.
City Walls, west bank of the River Foyle, Derry~Londonderry
Built between 1614 and 1619, a walk around the historic 17th Century city walls delivers an insight into the colourful history and culture of Derry~Londonderry.
Museum of Free Derry, Glenfada Park Bogside, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 9DR
Learn about the Irish people’s story of the civil rights movement, the Battle of the Bogside, Internment, Free Derry and Bloody Sunday.