Welcome to the Walled City 

The first thing you’ll notice when you step foot in Derry-Londonderry is a friendly welcome. Next, the city’s famous humour. And not long after that, you’ll realise just how steeped in history and rich in culture the Walled City is. As Northern Ireland’s second city, Derry-Londonderry is full to the brim with sights, attractions, luxury hotels, cracking shops and some of the finest food and drink in the entire region. And what’s more, the city is easily covered on foot. With so much to see and do in the Walled City, we best not waste any more time. 

Here’s a guide to get you going. 

That famous humour 

Let’s kick things off with a smile. Derry-Londonderry is famous for its unique humour. And nobody’s brought that brand of humour more attention in recent years then those charming Derry Girls. Dine like a Derry Girl with afternoon tea in the Everglades Hotel, complete with themed goodies, including the famous cream horn. You might even catch a glimpse of the hotel’s star resident, Michelle, the Derry Girl’s duck!  

If you’d like to get to know the girls a little better, the Derry Girl’s Tour will tell you everything you need to know about the famous five. Let local guides take you across the city in the footsteps of a true Derry Girl, where you’ll find out all about the sites you see in the popular series. Be sure to take a selfie beside the giant mural of the girls on the side of Badger’s Bar while you’re at it. Serious craic. 

Next, another absolute must. A visit to Derry-Londonderry without a stroll around its famous walls is no visit at all. Join a guided walking tour with Derry City Tours, or go it alone, discovering a city packed with history, heritage and culture. A walk around these legendary walls is something you’re not soon to forget. 

Go for a ride 

Let’s take things up a gear with Far and Wild’s Freedom Cycles Tour. Take a leisurely approach to exploring with a bespoke self-guided bike tour of the city. Select from a range of bikes from mountain, hybrid to touring and take off around the city and surrounds with their unique handy guide to the colourful sights. You’ll stop off at local museums and Troubles-era landmarks, as well as quiet nooks for a comfortable stop off to sample the best coffee and snacks the city provides. Happy cycling! 

See Free Derry 

Next stop, an unmissable Instagram opportunity. The iconic Free Derry Corner is a must see for anyone visiting the Walled City. Take some pics beside this famous gable wall bearing the ‘You are now entering free Derry’ slogan and see first-hand what has become an enduring image of the city and the Troubles. 

Seamus Heaney HomePlace  

Just up the road in Bellaghy, discover the Nobel prize winning poet in his beloved hometown at HomePlace. Journey through the life and works of this literary giant and experience the place, the people and the landscape that inspired so much of his work. See Heaney’s leather school satchel and his wooden desk from Anahorish Primary School, handwritten transcripts from the poet, and books donated by the Heaney family. Immerse yourself in the multi-award-winning exhibition’s audio-visual displays, with messages from famous friends and dignitaries from around the globe. 

Fill the Void 

After getting to know Seamus, take a stroll through the artist-led contemporary art space Void. Charmingly located in an old shirt factory, the Patrick Street galleries and studio spaces showcase the work of established international and Irish artists free of charge. Easy on the eyes, and the pocket. 

Lunch is brewing 

It’s time for lunch, and the Walled City Brewery is today’s special. Derry-Londonderry's first craft brewery for over a century, the Walled City Brewery offers top-quality, flavourful food and beer in their multi-award winning brewhouse and restaurant. Try a glass of Stitch or Kicks or crack into a bottle of Boom and learn all about the local stories that inspired their quirky names. 

Glorious Guildhall  

You can’t leave the Walled City without catching a glimpse of the stunning Guildhall. Originally built in 1887, this beautiful building has gone through its fair share of ups and downs in its storied history. Recently restored, it has become a backdrop for many events across the city. A glorious sight worth seeing. 

A place to stay 

With so many places to be and see in Derry-Londonderry, you’ll need a fabulous place to recharge your batteries. And there’s no shortage of excellent places to do just that either side of the city walls. 

Right in the city 

If you’re looking to stay in the heart of the city, The Bishop’s Gate Hotel (5*) is your perfect choice. The suites and guest rooms are both contemporary and charming. With great views across the cityscape, this is the ideal base to explore the Walled City from. 

Ship shape

Shipquay Hotel (4*) is an intimate boutique hotel within the walls of the city. With 21 contemporary bedrooms and a delicious food and drink offering, it’s the perfect city escape.  

A near escape  

If you’re looking to venture out of the city walls, but still want to stay close, Beech Hill Country House Hotel (4*) offers the best of both. Idyllically set in thirty-two acres of woodland, here you can go on relaxing strolls along the picturesque lakes and tranquil gardens, while still only being ten minutes from the Guildhall. 

A slice of Derry-Londonderry

If you’re looking to capture a true slice of Derry-Londonderry life, Station B&B (4*) has plenty go around. An upscale boutique bed and breakfast, Station B&B is the perfect place to create a memorable local experience. After a dreamy night’s sleep, you can expect to dig into to a scrumptious complimentary cooked Irish breakfast seated in the beautifully refurbished dining room while looking out onto the stunning tree-lined garden. 

Make good time of Derry-Londonderry 

As you can see, there is so much to do in this charming little city. Just be sure you give yourself plenty of time to see it all.