Boom Boards, Far and Wild

Take a look at what Derry and the North West have to offer for a pocket-friendly short break with the family.

What to see and do

March is an historical month as it marks 400 years since the completion of Derry's famous walls.  With an action packed calendar of events to commemorate this important time in history, now is the time to explore all the city has to offer.  And because some of these events are free, this makes for a budget-friendly day out.

Tours of Derry.  Enjoy a walking tour with a local tour guide and learn more about the history of the city.  The tour lasts about an hour and a half and takes in some of the key locations in the city such as The Guildhall, the famous City Walls, the iconic Peace Bridge and St Columb's Cathedral but the tour can be tailored to visit other locations that may be of interest.

Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Derry~Londonderry is a cultural and arts organisation and a beacon for language and culture enthusiasts.  Exhibitions and gigs are also on offer as well as a lovely café.

Tower Museum, Derry~Londonderry.  Home to two permanent exhibitions which use a range of displays and interactive visuals to present their stories.  The Story of Derry tells the history of the city.  An Armada Shipwreck - La Trinidad Valencera tells the story of one of the largest ships in the Spanish Armada which sank off the Donegal Coast in 1588 and was rediscovered in the early 70s by divers from the City of Derry Sub-Aqua Club.

Far and Wild, Derry~Londonderry.  See the city from a different method of transportation.  Try a Boom Board, kayak or stand-up paddle board for a tour with a difference and to see the city from a new perspective.  The kayaking can even be done at night.

Carrowmena Activity Centre, Limavady is a haven for adrenaline junkies.  With canoeing, climbing walls, abseiling and zip line just some of the activities on offer, now is the time to get active in the great outdoors, at the foot of Binevenagh Mountain. 

Places to eat

Bishop's Gate Hotel, Derry.  Choose between 2 courses for £19.95 or three courses for £24.95.

The Old Thatch Inn, just outside Magherafelt offers a children's menu with lots to choose from and prices start from £4.95.

The Exchange, Derry.  Avail of their early bird menu between 5pm and 7pm, Monday to Thursday.

Grants, Omagh.  A traditional welcoming turf fire and delicious home cooked food are the perfect reason to visit here.

Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh.  Choose between Barreta Bar and Grill or Bertha's Bar for your dining experience.  All tastes are catered for with a mix of both traditional and modern dishes. 

Where to stay

Scott's Barn in Magherafelt, located at the foot of the Sperrin Mountains, is a luxurious 400-year old restored barn with 2 bedrooms, and is the perfect base to tour the area and further afield.  Games and toys are provided to keep the kids entertained, as well of course as the countryside for an outdoor playground.

Roe Park Resort just outside Limavady has a number of family sized rooms and great leisure facilites including a swimming pool if the kids fancy a dip.

Glenshane Country House is a luxurious 3 bedroomed property with panoramic views of the Sperrin Mountains with easy access to the Giant's Causeway and surrounding areas.  Animal lovers will be in their element on the family run farm where the younger ones can take part in some sheep shearing or working with sheepdogs.

So make the most of your break away with the family and be sure to tell us about it at #DiscoverNI