Also known as Londonderry, the walled city of Derry harbours centuries-old cathedrals, towers and artefacts while also thriving as one of Northern Ireland’s cultural and artistic centres. Spanning the River Foyle, the iconic Peace Bridge serves as a symbol of modern-day Derry and its designation as a UK City of Culture.
Things to do in Londonderry
The 17th-century city walls encircle a large portion of Derry’s museums, art galleries, theatres and music venues, which are dotted with cannons, watchtowers, bastions and ornamental gates. Take a guided walking tour to hear tales of sieges, heroes and daring adventures, then admire expansive outdoor murals depicting the city’s history.
Outside the city walls you’ll find the Neo-Gothic red sandstone Guildhall with its renowned stained-glass windows. Learn about 16th-century shipwrecks at the Tower Museum, including La Trinidad Valencera of the Spanish Armada, which was lost at sea in 1588. Visit the on-site Chapter House Museum at St Columb's Cathedral to discover ancient paintings, books and artefacts.
Discover Derry’s burgeoning music scene with traditional Irish song and dance at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin. Get rowdy with some pub-style music sessions at Peadar O’Donnell’s and admire its eclectic display of collectibles. Spend an evening at Nerve Centre for live music, theatre and art house-style films.
For a real taste of Northern Ireland, stroll the stalls at Craft Village, a re-created Dickensian village from the 18th century with period streets and artisan shops. Stop by local venues, such as the Irish Dancing Shop, then pick up ethnic goods, recycled silks and crystals at Blue Moon.
Getting around Londonderry
Taxis and buses provide transportation around town, while bike rentals are available at Visit Derry Information Centre. You can rent a car at City of Derry Airport, about 20 minutes’ drive away.