Here’s our top picks of things to do and see in Derry~Londonderry!

As Northern Ireland’s second largest city, Derry-Londonderry is naturally jam packed with things to do. Whether you’re bringing the whole family, your other half or just yourself. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Derry-Londonderry.

In search of a little tranquillity? Kick off your boots, sit back and relax. Looking for something a little more high octane? Take a deep breath, we know just where to go. With so much to see and do, here’s a list to get you started.

Gems in the city

If off the beaten track is what you’re after, there’s plenty of hidden gems in Derry-Londonderry. For vintage collectors, The Craft Village in the heart of the city is the perfect spot. Bedlam and Whatnot are crammed with lots of quirky things to add to your collection.

After picking up a few bits, you can take a long relaxing stroll in St Columb’s Park, before sitting down to a well-deserved cuppa at Café in the Park. Or you could soak up the early evening vibes with a wander along Strand Road or Queen’s Quay. Then sink your teeth into some top quality organically sourced street food at Pyke and Pommes - served straight from the hatch.

If these walls could talk…

After all that, why not immerse yourself in the Story of Derry exhibition? Or make your way up the Tower Museum and take in the stunning panoramic views of the city and the River Foyle at the top.

If that’s not enough, you can really get to know the city at the iconic Free Derry Corner gable wall and the city’s famous walls. After all, no trip to Derry-Londonderry would be complete without walking around them. The perfect Instagram moment awaits.

Get your heart racing

If you’re looking for of a bit of adventure, you’ll find something to get your heart racing. Creggan Country Park’s three freshwater lakes will have you jumping into all sorts of water sports. From an inflatable water assault course to aqua zorbing to canoeing.

After that, you can take things up a notch or 10 at Jungle NI. Feel the thrills and excitement of anything from tree-top high wires to zorbing to archery with a difference and even llama trekking - not to mention the largest paintball site in Northern Ireland.

To warm down, you can carve out your own beautiful slice of the Causeway Coastal Route by hitting the road from Derry-Londonderry to the pristine beaches at Benone and Downhill, where Game of Thrones® was filmed. Enjoy a bracing walk along the miles of stunning golden sand or take the car and admire the views and munch on a unique car picnic. Now we’re talking.

Or chill out…

Sometimes you just want to get away from it all. Well, there’s plenty of places for you to get lost in Derry-Londonderry. If it’s beauty you’re after, Springhill is a sight to behold. Idyllically situated on the edge of the picturesque Sperrin Mountains and often called the ‘prettiest house in Ulster’, this is one house that’s well worth the tour. Take a stroll on the camomile lawn, breathe in the delicious apple fragrance and explore the small walled gardens.

If views are more your thing, the ruins of historic Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne are just the place. The circular temple built in 1785 totters on a cliff edge high above the Atlantic Ocean. Breathe in the fresh sea air as you hike around the estate and clifftop walks for breath-taking views.

Good craic on tour

The Derry Girls have brought that famous Derry humour to the masses over the past couple of years, and they’ve made an impression on their city too. Just take a stroll by the giant mural on the side of Badger’s Bar in the heart of the city and see for yourself.

After taking a selfie with the girls, you can find out more about them on the Derry Girls Tour. Why not follow that up with a tour to settle the stomach? The Made in Derry Food Tour will take you to six local eateries where they’ll fill you up with the ins and outs of what makes this region so food mad. Listen to chefs and producers tell their stories while you dig into delicious fresh fish, street food and delectable desserts.

There’s plenty more in Derry-Londonderry

Derry-Londonderry is wall to wall with things to do and see, whatever kind of trip you’re planning. Whether it’s a family of five, a gang of twelve or a room for two, there’s a spot for everyone.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure information is correct, we strongly advise checking in advance before you travel to your intended destination to ensure its open and book tickets if applicable. 

The Craft Village
Arts & Crafts Shop
The Craft Village

Welcome to the distinctive delights of the hidden jewel in Derry’s crown, the classic Craft Village. Dickensian in appearance and delightful in layout, Derry’s Craft Village is a cultural oasis in the heart of a vibrant city.

Cafe In The Park St. Columb's Park House
Café
Cafe In The Park St. Columb's Park House

We are a family run business and offer a welcoming environment for all! Take a break from the park, get shelter from the rain. Come in and enjoy our specialty coffee’s & teas. Try our cooked breakfasts, or our fresh homemade lunches & sweet bites.

Tower Museum
Visitor Centres & Museums
Tower Museum

The Tower Museum houses two permanent exhibitions The Story of Derry and An Armada Shipwreck - La Trinidad Valencera as well as other temporary exhibitions. The top of the Museum provides an open air viewing facility in the heart of the city centre.

Creggan Country Park
Activity Centre
Creggan Country Park

Creggan Country Park is a not for profit watersports, outdoor pursuits and angling facility based in Derry.

The Jungle NI
Activity Centre
The Jungle NI

Nestled in an enchanting woodland in the very heart of Northern Ireland, just 45 minutes from Belfast, The Jungle is the perfect location to engage with life, and put to test your sense of daring and adventure.

Benone Strand
Beach
Benone Strand

Benone Beach, multiple recipient of the European Blue Flag and Seaside Award, is a must-see when visiting the area. With seven miles of golden sand and a magnificent back drop of mountain and cliff scenery and stunning views across to Donegal.

Downhill Beach
Beach
Downhill Beach

Downhill is a golden sandy beach stretching from Downhill Cliffs in the east towards Magilligan Point. It's overlooked by one of Northern Ireland's leading landmarks, Mussenden Temple, and benefits from classic views of the Donegal Coast and beyond.

Springhill
The National Trust
Springhill

Step back to 1912 as you experience the Lenox-Conyngham home on the morning they left to board Titanic. See the exhibition, featuring pieces from the Titanic era, including 11-year-old Eileen Lenox-Conyngham’s letter, written on Titanic headed paper.

Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne
The National Trust
Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne

Mussenden Temple is located in the beautiful surroundings of Downhill Demesne near Castlerock in County Londonderry. Awe inspiring views, colourful gardens and woodland walks.