Camping Sites in County Derry
Experience the beauty and adventure of County Derry/Londonderry’s camping sites while exploring its rich history and natural wonders. From the stunning coastline of the Causeway Coastal Route to the captivating attractions within the city, County Derry guarantees an unforgettable camping experience for all nature lovers. Read More
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About County Derry
Encounter Ireland’s wild side in the legendary North West, the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way and the Causeway Coastal Route. Come for rugged coastlines, a bustling centre and adventurous pursuits, including hiking and tree trekking, cycling and paddleboarding, fishing and boat charters. Derry is home to Ireland’s only completely intact historic Walled City, the Derry Girls, award winning museum and many more great places.
If you want to try your hand at adventure activities exciting activities can be found all over the region, including zip-line adventures, tree-trekking or horseback riding. For something a bit more leisurely, take in spectacular gardens and woodlands or slip into a slower pace with a mindfulness walk through the landscapes of The Sperrin Mountains.
Hugging the Atlantic coast from Derry/Londonderry to Belfast – or vice versa – the Causeway Coastal Route is studded with sandy beaches, fishing villages, gorse-covered valleys and fuchsia-edged clifftop paths.
Travelling to County Derry
Belfast International Airport and Belfast City Airport are just over an hour’s drive from Derry City. Dublin Airport is just 3 hours drive from Derry. You will find flights from over 100 destinations around Europe, the USA and Middle East into these Airports
Just over an hours’ drive from Derry regular scheduled ferry services operate between Belfast and Larne to Great Britain. Dublin Port is 3 hours’ drive from Derry. Sailings also operate from Fishguard to Rosslare and Liverpool to Dublin. Brittany Ferries operates a service between Cork-Roscoff (France). The following companies offer ferry services into Ireland – Stena Line, Irish Ferries, P&O Ferries, Kintyre Express, and Isle of Man Steam Packet
Whats to See and Do in Derry
Stand on the city walls
Stand on the city walls in Derry and you’ll feel it. History is all around you. The very walls beneath you were built over 400 years ago. Look over to the city’s Bogside area and you’ll see history literally written on the walls in those famous murals. Almost 20 feet high and at least as wide, the mile-long oval comes complete with gates, watchtowers, battlements, bastions and huge cannons.
It is the only completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest in Europe. Take a walking tour and hear the fascinating stories about brutal 17th century sieges, starving citizens and fearsome roaring cannons. Then finish off by crossing the Peace Bridge to Ebrington Square.
The Heaney HomePlace experience
From the moment you step into Seamus Heaney HomePlace, housed in a former police station, you’ll be immersed in the poet’s world. The multi-award winning exhibition houses personal artefacts, including his leather school satchel and handwritten transcripts. Photographs, memorabilia and video bring to life this warm, witty man, and at the interactive video wall, you can listen to recordings from leading figures, family and friends, and of course, the dulcet voice of the poet himself.
Museum of Free Derry
The museum was established by the Bloody Sunday Trust in 2006 to tell the story of the civil rights movement and the creation of Free Derry in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and it has become an important part of Ireland’s radical and civil rights heritage. It tells the story of how a largely working class community rose up against the years of oppression it had endured.
The museum is a public space where the concept of Free Derry can be explored in both historic and contemporary contexts. Free Derry is about our future together as much as it is about the past. The struggle of Free Derry is part of a wider struggle in Ireland and internationally for freedom and equality for all. It tells the people’s story of the civil rights movement, the Battle of the Bogside, Internment, Free Derry and Bloody Sunday.
The Tour Museum
The Tower Museum houses two permanent exhibitions – The Story of Derry which tells the colourful and dramatic history of the city from earliest prehistory to the present and An Armada Shipwreck – La Trinidad Valencera which tells the story of one of the largest ships in the Spanish Armada, La Trinidad Valencera, which sank off the Donegal Coast in 1588 and was rediscovered by divers from the City of Derry Sub-Aqua Club in 1971. Both exhibitions use a range of display and interactive techniques to present their stories. The top of the Tower Museum (level 5) provides the only open air viewing facility in the heart of the city centre with stunning panoramic views of the inner city and river Foyle.