DERRY-LONDONDERRY-The Maiden City-The Walled City

Updated On: March 07, 2023

The Maiden City - St Columb's Cathedral. city of Derry-Londonderry

Derry City! The second largest city in Northern Ireland! The UK City of Culture in 2010! Several towns in the world are named after it. Derry~Londonderry has been known as The Maiden City as its high walls have never been breached! It is one of the special Londonderrys around the world, in the United States, Chile, and Australia, etc.

Derry On The Map

Don’t miss it and visit the old walled city, which lies on the west bank of the River Foyle, County Londonderry in Northern Ireland that is spanned by two road bridges and one footbridge. You will notice that the City now covers both banks of the river (Waterside on the east and Cityside on the west).

How did Derry Come to light?

Thanks to one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland, St. Columba or Colmcille. That Irish abbot and missionary, who credited with spreading Christianity, was the one behind the emergence of our Derry.

In the 6th century, a monastery was founded at Derry by St. Columba before leaving Ireland for his sacred mission, and people had been living nearby for thousands of years before that. The monastery, or Doire Calgach as called then, was on the west bank of the Foyle and its site was granted to Colmcille by a local king who had a fortress there.

Then, the federation of Columban churches controlled it and was regarded as their spiritual mentor. After that, the original settlement was founded in 546 CE. However, historians claim that this date was inaccurate, being assigned by medieval chronicles. Derry was accepted to be a monastic settlement between the 6th and the 11th centuries.

History of Derry – The Maiden City

Derry’s history is rich with significant events that made it of great importance. Enriching your knowledge with information about the attacks or wars it faced, rebuilding or planting it, have a closer look at how it has been one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in Ireland.

  • Early History

During the Tudor conquest of Ireland, which held the Kingdom of England during the 16th century, the town became strategically more significant and was subject to frequent attack.

In 1608, the O’Doherty’s Rebellion uprising against authorities in Derry took place led by Sir Cahir O’Doherty, an Irish chieftain of Inishowen peninsula in County Donegal. He led a force of rebels, burnt much of the town and killed the governor, George Paulet. The reputation of “the founder of Derry” was given to Sir Henry Docwra, a soldier and statesman, who exerted extensive efforts developing the town, but he returned to England for being accused of failing to prevent the O’Doherty attack.

  • Plantation era & the Story Behind the Name “Londonderry”

Up to 1610, the City of Derry was part of the relatively new County Donegal. The English Crown transferred the west bank to The Honourable The Irish Society and was combined with a large portion of County Tyrone, County Coleraine, and part of County Antrim, to form County Londonderry.

As part of the Plantation of Ulster, which was the organized colonization of Ulster province by people from Great Britain during the reign of King James I, London livery companies brought planters through The Irish Society and rebuilt the town with high walls to defend it from insurgents opposing the plantation. The aim was to settle Ulster with a supportive population to the Crown and it was then given the name “Londonderry”.

Foundations of the City

This city was the first planned city, which is typically constructed in a previously undeveloped area, in Ireland. At a cost of £10,757, the foundation started in 1613, with the walls being completed in 1619. As a good design for defence, the central diamond within a walled city with four gates was the thought born in mind. The grid pattern chosen at that time was later much copied in British North America colonies.

Derry’s Oldest Building

The old Irish layout spirit is noticeable in the modern city. It keeps the 17th-century-design of four main streets radiating from a central Diamond to four gateways—Ferryquay Gate, Bishop’s Gate, Butcher’s Gate, and Shipquay Gate. What is amazing is that the city’s oldest surviving building was also constructed at that same time: the Cathedral of St. Columb, which is the mother church of the Church of Ireland. In the porch of it there is a stone with an inscription saying:

If stones could speake, then London’s prayse should sound, Who built this church and cittie from the grounde”.

17th-century Disturbance 

In the 1640s, the city of Derry suffered in the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, or the so-called British Civil Wars, when conflict aggravated in England, Ireland and Scotland between 1639 and 1651. Those wars started with the Irish Rebellion of 1641 when a failed attack was launched on the city by the Gaelic Irish insurgents.

In 1649, crucial events occurred. The city and its garrison, which supported the republican Parliament in London, were besieged by Scottish Presbyterian forces which were loyal to King Charles I.

Under George Monck and the Irish Catholic general, Owen Roe O’Neill, a strange alliance of Roundhead troops, who were supporters of the Parliament of England during the English Civil War, relieved The Parliamentarians besieged in Derry.

After the landing in Ireland of the New Model Army in 1649, such temporary allies were soon fighting each other. Then, when the Parliamentarians crushed the Irish Catholic Ulster army at the Battle of Scarrifholis, near Letter Kenny nearby County Donegal, the war in Ulster was finally brought to an end in 1650.

The Siege of Derry

By November 1688, only Derry and nearby Enniskillen had a Protestant garrison during the Glorious Revolution. It was an army of around 1,200 men, mostly “Redshanks” (Highlanders, which is a historic region in Scotland) under Alexander Macdonnell, third Earl of Antrim, which was slowly organized.

The siege of Derry began when they arrived on 7 December 1688 and found the gates closed against them. Later, King James came to the city and called for its surrender in April 1689. The King was rebuffed and the siege lasted until the arrival of a relief ship at the end of July.

  • 18th & 19th Centuries

In the 18th century, the City of Derry was rebuilt with many of its fine Georgian–style-houses still surviving. In 1790, the city’s first bridge across the River Foyle was built. Then, the port became a significant stepping stone for Irish emigrants setting out for North America during the 18th and 19th centuries. In the state of New Hampshire, some of them founded the colonies of Derry and Londonderry.

During the 19th century, Derry became also a destination for migrants fleeing areas suffering more from the Irish Potato Famine, in which about two-fifths of the population only relied on potatoes for a number of historical reasons, about one million people died and a million more emigrated from Ireland causing a fall in the island’s population by 20%–25%.

  • Early 20th Century

What Happened During World War I?

Over 5,000 of Derry’s men joined the British Army from Catholic and Protestant families during World War I.

Partition of Ireland

During the Irish War of Independence, the guerrilla war raging between the Irish Republican Army and British forces was prompted and the area was rocked by sectarian violence. It was influenced by economic and social pressures too.

What made it worse, many lives were lost during the sectarian riots in Derry and several Protestants and Catholics were thrown out from their homes during this communal unrest that took place by mid-1920. After a week’s violence, local politicians from both Republican and unionist sides negotiated for a truce.

In 1921, following the Partition of Ireland and Anglo-Irish Treaty, which was an agreement between the government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and representatives of the Irish Republic which concluded the Irish War of Independence, Derry was separated from much of its traditional economic hinterland in County Donegal, so it became a ‘border city’.

World War II Incidents

The city played an important role at the Battle of the Atlantic during World War II. The Ships from some Allied navies, like the UK Royal Navy and the Royal Canadian Navy, were stationed in the city and the United States military established a base. That’s what was concluded in a secret agreement between the Americans and the British before the Americans entered the war forming the first American naval base in Europe and the terminal for American convoys on their way to Europe.

Since that Derry was the westernmost allied port in Europe, the reason for such a high degree of military and naval activity was clear. It was a significant point of departure for shipping convoys that ran between North America and Europe. Several airfields were built in the outlying regions of the city: Eglinton, RAF Eglinton, Ballykelly and Maydown, that went on to become the City of Derry Airport.

Smuggling Operations developed

The trade invasion from the military convoys and the City’s border location allowed for important smuggling operations to develop in the city. Eventually, some boats of the German Kriegsmarine, the navy of Nazi Germany, surrendered in the city’s harbour at Lisahally. The initial surrender was attended by Sir Basil Brooke, third Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, and Admiral Sir Max Horton, Commander-in-Chief of the Western Approaches, which is a rectangular area of the Atlantic Ocean and lies immediately to the west of Ireland and parts of Britain.

  • Late 20th Century

From the 1950s to the 1960s

World War II led the city to suffer from development and stagnating unemployment during these ten years. Unfortunately, the trial of having Northern Ireland’s second university located in the city failed. It was a large campaign led by the University for Derry Committee.

Civil Rights

Derry was a focal point for the developing civil rights movement in Northern Ireland at that time.

In Northern Ireland, Catholics were discriminated against under the Unionist government, both economically and politically. In the late 1960s, there was a great debate about institutional gerrymandering. John Whyte, a political scientist, explains that:

All the accusations of gerrymandering, and, the amount of the charges about private and public employment, and all the complaints about housing and regional policy come from the area which consisted of Counties Tyrone and Fermanagh, portions of Counties Londonderry and Armagh, and Londonderry County Borough. The unionist government put through the original gerrymander which underpinned so many of the subsequent malpractices, and then, did nothing to stop those malpractices continuing, despite repeated protests. The most serious charge against the Northern Ireland government is that it allowed discrimination over a great segment of Northern Ireland.

The Battle of the Bogside

The Government banned a civil rights demonstration led by the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association in 1968. It was blocked by force of the Royal Ulster Constabulary. In 1969, the Battle of the Bogside occurred when the Catholic rioters fought against the police, and that led to widespread civil chaos in Northern Ireland. That was often dated as of the beginning of the Troubles.

During a civil rights march in the Bogside area, which is a neighbourhood outside the city walls of Derry, 13 unarmed civilians were shot dead by British paratroopers on Sunday 30 January 1972. Moreover, another 13 were wounded and one further man later died of his wounds. That incident was called “Bloody Sunday”.

Derry and the Troubles

When the conflict, which became known as the Troubles, widely spread The Civil Rights movement had also been very active in Derry. It was heavily militarized and there was widespread civil unrest in the early 1970s. So, barricades were constructed in several districts in the city to control access and prevent the forces of the state from entering.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, violence eased towards the end of the Troubles. It was claimed by an Irish journalist Ed Maloney in “The Secret History of the IRA” that Republican leaders there negotiated a de facto ceasefire in the city as early as 1991. It was clear during that time that the city did see less bloodshed than Belfast or other localities.

From the unforgettable events in Derry was when it was visited by a killer whale, which is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family and is the largest member, in November 1977. It was named as Dopey Dick by the thousands who came from miles around to see him.

The Government of The City

Derry was governed by the Londonderry Corporation from 1613 which later became Londonderry County Borough Council in 1898. In 1969, the administration was then passed to the unelected Londonderry Development Commission. In 1973, a new district council with boundaries extending to the rural south-west was established and named Londonderry City Council.

The Five Electoral Areas of Derry

After that, in 1984 it was renamed to Derry City Council, and divided into five electoral areas: Cityside, Waterside, Northland, Rural and Shantallow. That council was of 30 members and re-elected every 4 years. In April 2015, the council merged with Strabane District Council under local government reorganization to become Derry and Strabane District Council. It is used in a cultural context rather than for administrative and local government purposes.

Derry’s Current Mayor

The Mayor and the Deputy Mayor are been elected annually. Councillor Maolíosa McHugh (June 2017-June 2018) is the current Mayor. He has an important democratic and civic role to play within the Council and throughout the entire Council area. Acting as the First Citizen for the council area is from his responsibilities when attending meetings or events.

He also represents the council at ceremonial or civic functions, strives to achieve benefits for the area, and support the local community when providing different opportunities to pursue development.

This can be clear when he recognises and gets knowledge of the impressive achievements of local groups or individuals through gaining an insight into the undertaken project. From his practical duties is that he chairs the Council’s meetings, signing of the annual accounts and Council contracts and making a casting vote when there is a tie vote on a decision.

So, effective leadership to the Council is provided through demonstrating political neutrality and ensuring the principals of fairness and equality are integral to all policies and actions of the Council.

Derry Council

Concerning the Local Councillors, they are elected to decide how the council should carry out its various activities by the community. In the district electoral area, where he or she has been elected to serve a term of office, they represent public interest as well as individuals living there.

They also have regular contact with the general public through telephone calls or meetings. Moreover, they are not paid a salary for their work, but they do receive allowances and by law, all members of the Council must complete a declaration of interest form that the details of which are published annually

Top-Rated Things to do in Derry

Pack your bags and get ready for an enjoyable trip to the remarkable places in Derry.

  • Walk the 17th-Century City Walls

Such an enjoyable walk around the walls in Derry~Londonderry reveals a glamorous city view full of heritage, history, and amazing cultural scenery. In Ireland, Derry, one of the finest examples of Walled Cities in Europe, is the only remaining completely walled city. The four original gates to the Walled City are Ferryquay Gate, Bishop’s Gate Shipquay Gate, and Butcher Gate. Three more gates were added: Castle Gate, Magazine Gate and New Gate. Take a walk in the walkway formed around the inner city by the Walls, which are about 1.5km in circumference and different in width between 12 and 35 feet. Also, take a chance to see the layout of the original town and how it still keeps its Renaissance Style street plan up to this day.

Famous Cannons in Derry City

Moreover, the city claims Europe’s largest collection of cannons, many of which were used over the two 17th-century sieges.

Under expert supervision, the surviving 24 cannons were restored, by hand, craftsmen, or by clearing the barrels of centuries of rubbish, clearing layers of paint and corrosion, and by being bathed, sponged or waxed to bring the cannon back to their former glory. You will find them throughout the City Walls with the impressive Roaring Meg located on the double bastion.

You are welcomed to visit such a place from dawn to dusk for free and you can check the Visitor Information Centre for the available tours.

Enjoy what has been at the heart of city life since 1890. The Guildhall is one of Derry’s famous landmarks. It is a building established in 1890 where the elected members of Derry and Strabane District Council meeting. There you can see beautiful stained glass windows, an exhibition on the Plantation of Ulster. A nice café is found there too.

You can also enjoy events, conferences, weddings and civil ceremonies held at Guildhall. The site has received many great online reviews from visitors, such as: “This is a beautiful building both inside and out. stand back and marvel at the architecture. As it climbs its way into the sky. You are free to look around indoors with certain areas restricted – but again a beautiful building”.

  • Columb’s Cathedral

Go back in time visiting St. Columb’s Cathedral that dates back to 1633. It is a prominent historical site holding displays of artefacts from the Siege.

“The Cathedral is widely recognised locally, nationally and internationally for its active promotion of ecumenical and bridge-building activities and this role is reflected in the regard in which the building is held as a religious venue which is acceptable to all sections of the community”.

What to Discover Inside Columb’s Cathedral

A fine collection of silver Communion plates is displayed, as well as information on famous figures, e.g. the Earl Bishop, the philosopher George Berkeley and Cecil Francis Alexander, the internationally renowned hymn writer. An exhibition of facsimiles of the Book of Kells was recently launched dedicated in honour of St. Columba (Columb), the Ulster monk who established a Christian settlement there.

St. Columb’s Cathedral was established by William Parrot for the Honourable The Irish Society in the Planter Gothic Style. Its current tower and main building are same ones of the original Cathedral. However, the spire was added in 1821, the Chancel in 1887 and the Chapter House in 1910.

Design of the Columb’s Cathedral

The Cathedral was built of stone from local quarries. Stunning old pillars and arches were built as a symbol of judgment and top craftsmanship. The building has many fine stained glass windows, memorials, regimental flags, and a large collection of historical items from the time of the siege. The foundation stone in the porch which was apart from the 12th Century Templemore Monastery of the Columban tradition has an inscription carved into it that says:

“If stones could speake, then London’s prayse should sounde who built this church and cittie from the grounde, Vaughan aed”.

A complete restoration of the Cathedral was finished in 2011, enabling the world to see old paintings, photos, and books, and get to know the background of this historic city.

  • The Gobbins

Want to take the most dramatic walk? Go directly to The Gobbins and escape everyday life. You will get a 2.5-hour-guided walking tour. Enjoy tasting the sea salt on your lips, feeling the Irish Sea wind, and watching dolphins swimming off the rugged coastline.

Such an experience will take you along a narrow path clings the dramatic cliff, across spectacular bridges traversing hidden tunnels under the Irish Sea. You can go up and down using rugged staircases carved into the cliff face and into caves that were once home to smugglers and privateers too.

What to Check Out at the Gobbins

A history telling exhibition about The Gobbins Path, its flora and fauna is held at the Visitor Centre, telling the story of its beginnings. All guests are welcome to enjoy a coffee at The Gobbins Café, browse the gift shop there, or enjoy the outdoor children’s play and picnic area. You may also get free car parking located at the Centre.

Because of the rugged coastal location, it’s essential to bring suitable outdoor clothing and walking boots or shoes. Without exception, everyone must wear a safety helmet experiencing The Gobbins.

  • Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne

Derry, the Maiden City, Musseden Temple

Mussenden Temple is found in the surroundings of Downhill Demesne near Castlerock in County Londonderry. It was built on top of a 120 ft cliff, overseeing the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors are offered spectacular views over the east Castlerock beach and westwards over Downhill Strand.

Inspired by the architecture of the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, the Mussenden Temple was originally established as a summer library. It was part of Frederick Augustus Hervey’s estate, Bishop of Derry and Earl of Bristol and was dedicated to the memory of his cousin Frideswide Mussenden.

Throughout the whole year, there are lots of things to be done when visiting the Temple. You can explore the striking 18th-century ruins, a spectacular setting on a wild coastal headland, the sheltered garden paths and the beautiful scenery from upon the dangerously high cliff edge.

Connecting the two sides of the River Foyle was the main aim behind building the Peace Bridge, which has become an iconic structure in the city. The bridge has changed the way people perceive the city and has been embraced by citizens since its launch.

It is clear that it has become a focal point in city activities and events with over three million crossings to date. These events include several charity events, such as Brides across the Bridge, the New Year celebrations and launch of City of Culture year, the gateway and backdrop to Radio 1’s Big Weekend.

  • Siege Museum

Want to find a permanent display of the history of the Siege of Londonderry? The new Siege Museum and Exhibition is the right place. The Museum marks the Siege of Londonderry that took place in 1689 and is considered one of the important events in British and Irish history.

At the museum, you can know more about the Associated Clubs of the Apprentice Boys of Derry, including artefacts, videos and interactive media. You will see one of the finest collections of meeting rooms used by the ‘Loyal Orders’. There are separate rooms for each of the orders: Apprentice Boys of Derry, The Royal Black Institution, Orange Order and Women’s Orange.

Events Not to be Missed

Enjoy the events set throughout the whole year like:


At Guildhall Square, Derry, enjoy fresh local produce & street food, organic meats, artisan cakes & breads, coffee, and much more.


This event is held on the last Friday of every month from April – December at the Alley Theater. A platform is provided to the very best of artisan traders, offering visitors a friendly shopping experience with a wide selection of speciality foods and handmade crafted products.


An amazing exhibition held at the Tower Museum. It uncovers Mabel’s life through the use of spaces, featuring her incredible and inspirational collections relating to her work as a teacher, archaeological surveyor, writer, artist and historian.


Ulster University continues with its internationally lunchtime performances in Magee Campus. The region is very famous for its music and musicians. Including traditional music such as the Air for Oh Danny Boy.


Celebrate Halloween at the greatest Halloween event from the River Mourne to the Banks of the Foyle. A three-day party is full of fun and excitement. Derry has become well- known all over the world as one of the best Halloween Destination. You really don’t want to miss Derry around Halloween, an unforgettable experience.


Derry’s transport network is composed of a set of modern and old roads and railways running throughout the city and county. The Craigavon Bridge and the Foyle Bridge, the longest bridge in Ireland, are the way to cross the River Foyle. Derry is also considered as a major transport hub for travel throughout the nearby county, County Donegal.


The subsidiaries of Translink, the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company, operate most public transport in Northern Ireland. Ulster bus, as a means of public transport and as a part of Translink is used to run the city’s internal bus network and the connection with other towns in the same region.

Busses are now run by Ulsterbus Foyle, and about 13 routes across the city into the suburban areas are offered, excluding a free Rail Link Bus which runs from the Waterside Railway Station to the city centre and an Easibus link which connects to the Waterside and Drumahoe, lies in the east of Derry.

In the city centre, all buses leave from the Foyle Street Bus Station that is placed there and they can go for long-distance services to destinations throughout Ireland.


The city of Derry Airport is the airport owned by the council near Eglinton, County Londonderry. There have been plans to redevelop the terminal and new investments in extending the runway.

The main regional airport for County Londonderry, County Tyrone and County Donegal, as well as Derry City itself, is City of Derry airport.

With scheduled flights to Glasgow Airport in Scotland and Liverpool John Lennon Airport in Spain, Ryanair, the low-cost-airline, serves the airport and one can find all year round flights with a summer schedule to Spanish and Portuguese cities like Faro and Alicante.


(N.I.R.) has There is a single route from Londonderry railway station (also known as Waterside Station) on the Waterside to Belfast Great Victoria Street via

Ballymoney, Coleraine, Antrim, Ballymena, Mossley West and Belfast Central. This route is run by Northern Ireland Railways. The service has been improved by an increased investment since the 1990s. Some plans have been done to increase the number of trains or the traffic capacity, and also plans of £86 million that will reduce the journey time to Belfast by 30 minutes.

Road Network

Many roads have been redeveloped or constructed in Derry. Building the ‘A2 Broadbridge Maydown to City of Derry Airport Dualling ‘ project is the largest road investment in the North West’s history and there is also an announcement that will help to reduce the travel time to Belfast. It is of the ‘A6 Londonderry to Dungiven Dualling Scheme’. Moreover, ‘The A5 Western Transport Corridor’, is the complete upgrade of the A5 Derry – Omagh – Aughnacloy (– Dublin) road, which is around 90 kilometres (56 miles) long, forming dual carriageway standard.


The United Kingdom’s most westerly port is Londonderry Port at Lisahally and it has the capacity for 30,000-ton vessels

In the past, vital Allied service in the longest-running campaign of the Second World War was given by the Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners (LPHC) gave, the Battle of the Atlantic, and saw the surrender of the German U-Boat fleet at Lisahally on 8 May 1945.

Inland Waterways

From the coast at Derry to approximately 10 miles (16 km) inland, the tidal River Foyle is navigable. to continue the navigation a further 4 miles (6 km) southwards to Strabane in 1796, the Strabane Canal was opened in 1796, but it was closed in 1962.


Derry is home to different colleges and schools. The Magee Campus of Ulster University, formerly Magee College is based in the city where various studies are offered to undergraduates and postgraduates.

Outstanding facilities and resources, inclusive learning environment, and ongoing support; can be found to help one realize his/her goals. Several types of courses are provided: full time, part-time, short courses, or electronic learning. The North West Regional College is found in Derry as well and it has grown to almost 30,000 students recently.

Concerning schools, Derry has one of the two oldest secondary schools in Northern Ireland is located: Foyle and Londonderry College which was founded in 1616 remains a popular choice. Other secondary schools include Oakgrove Integrated College, St. Columb’s College, St. Mary’s College, St. Joseph’s Boys’ School, St Cecilia’s College, Lisneal College, Lumen Christi College, Thornhill College, and St. Brigid’s College. There are also numerous primary schools like: St. Anne’s Primary School, St. Eithne’s Primary School, and Sacred Heart Primary School.

Recreation and Sport

Leisure can be found throughout the whole city of Derry at the following places, doing activities as the following:

Activity Centres and Outdoor Adventures:

The most enjoyable time ever can be experienced by spending some time in the following places:

  • Escape Rooms Derry
  • Campsie Karting Centre
  • Foylehov Activity Centre
  • The Jungle Ni
  • Jump Lanes Ni Ltd
  • Brunswick Moviebowl
  • Lock N Load
  • The Play Shed
  • Carrowmena Activity Centre


Golf is one of the popular sports in Derry. Don’t hesitate and go directly to one of the following places:

  • Greencastle Golf Club
  • Royal Portrush Golf Club
  • Foyle Golf Centre
  • Roe Park Resort And Golf Club
  • Faughan Valley And Golf Club

The Sporting Club:

Derry City Football Club is a professional football club. The club is famous for its community spirit and the loyal supporters who have played a great role in the survival and success of this club.

Relaxing and Body Fitness:

Want to get fit or even leave behind a tiring working life? Derry presents various places as follows:

  • Riversdale Leisure Centre
  • Foyle Arena
  • Templemore Sports Complex
  • City Swimming Baths
  • Brandywell Sports Centre
  • Brooke Park Leisure Centre
  • Melvin Strabane Complex

One can enjoy boxing at any of Derry’s most famous clubs like The Ring Boxing Club. Rugby is an excellent choice too at City of Derry Rugby Club. Cricket, basketball, and golf are played commonly too.

Arts and Culture:

It’s no wonder that Derry is proud of its artists or musicians. Magnificent places play an important role in stating Derry as the home of art and culture. The following stunning places are memorable:

Art Galleries:

  • The Alley Arts And Conference Centre
  • Garden Of Reflection
  • Void
  • Centre For Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry
  • Warehouse Gallery


  • The Playhouse
  • Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin

Community Centres:

  • Studio 2 – Greater Shantallow Community Arts
  • Pilots Row Centre

Restaurants and Cafés:

Derry hosts fine dining experiences. Chefs do their utmost effort to meet different tastes. The Walled City is famous for having one of the best dining scenes in Ireland for it is lucky of having such atmospheric walls surrounding the dining places.


  • Saffron
  • The Wig & Gown Champagne Bar And Restaurant
  • 68 Clooney Restaurant
  • The Ponderosa Bar And Restaurant
  • Browns Restaurant And Champagne Lounge
  • Spaghetti Junction
  • La Sosta Restaurant
  • Walled City Brewery
  • Cedar A Taste Of Lebanan
  • Mama Masala
  • Oakleaf Restaurant
  • Thompson’s On The River
  • Stir Restaurant At The Maldron Hotel Derry


  • The Sandwich Company
  • Doherty’s Home Bakery
  • Gwyn’s Cafe & Pavilion – Brooke Park
  • Fiorentinis
  • Primrose
  • The Limeleaf Café


A warm welcome always awaits your visit to the award-winning hotels or any other venues in Derry.

The following are just some of the enjoyable places found there offering great service:


  • Derry City Travelodge
  • Roe Park Resort
  • Shipquay Hotel
  • Everglades Hotel
  • Portrush Atlantic Hotel
  • Maldron Hotel Derry
  • Beech Hill Country House Hotel
  • Waterfoot Hotel
  • Best Western Plus White Horse Hotel
  • Walsh’s Hotel
  • Bishop’s Gate Hotel
  • Da Vinci’s Hotel, Derry

Camping and Caravan:

  • Elaghvale Camping Park

Guest Houses:

  • Abbey Accommodation
  • Ardtara Country House
  • Iona Inn


  • Hostel Connect
  • St Columb’s Park House


  • Groarty Manor
  • Princes House
  • Bridge B&B Derry
  • Nightingale House
  • Number 8
  • The Saddlers House
  • Ashgrove Villa B&B
  • Amore B&B
  • Ballyhargan Farm House
  • Banks Of The Faughan Motel
  • Phoenix B&B
  • Cathedral View


A shopaholic! You will become so when visiting Derry where it suits all pockets. Should you be a shopping enthusiast, you ought to go to the following places:

Shopping Centres:

  • Foyleside Shopping Centre
  • Richmond Shopping Centre
  • Lisnagelvin Shopping Centre
  • Quayside Centre

Convenience Stores/ Bakery:

  • The Green Cat Bakery
  • Moran’s Retail Ltd


  • The Donegal Shop
  • Number 19 Craft And Design
  • The Irish Shop
  • Belleek Living, Debenhams, Foyleside Shopping Centre
  • The Gift Box
  • City Of Derry Crystal
  • Checkpoint Charlie

Stores /Groceries:

  • Moran’s Retail Ltd
  • The Green Cat Bakery

Craft Shops:

  • Edel Macbride
  • Walled City Crafters
  • Number 19 Craft And Design
  • The Craft Village
  • The Donegal Shop
  • Above And Beyond
  • Derry Designer Makers
  • City Of Derry Crystal


  • Cooley Jewellers
  • Lunn’s The Jewellers

Finally, Derry City is such a dramatic city where one can find unforgettable common culture and heritage. When visiting Derry, there is no place for wasting time because any activity done there or anyplace visited makes one’s life full of enjoyable moments.

Have you ever visited The Maiden City? Let us know your experience in the comments below.

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