Derry Travel Guide

Derry is Northern Ireland’s second city and boasts an impressive range of both modern and historical attractions for visitors to explore. This is a great place to use as a base due to its excellent range of accommodation options, vibrant nightlife scene and retail outlets. Derry is also the gateway to the surrounding countryside and visitors who choose to use the city as a base can embark on a number of daytrips to explore the pretty coastline of County Derry as well nearby natural attractions such as the Mull of Kintyre and the picturesque islands of Jura and Islay.

Things to see and do in Derry

Derry, Northern Ireland

Two people take in the view from atop the city walls of Derry. Also called Londonderry, Derry is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland. The Walls were built during the period 1613-1618 by the Honorable, the Irish Society as defences for early seventeenth century settlers from England and Scotland.

Derry is surrounded by lofty walls that were constructed during the 17th century. A path runs around the top of these walls and people who choose to follow the path will be treated to pretty views all the way across the city that are particularly enchanting at sunset.

An interesting and informative museum can be found inside O’Doherty Tower and this is a good place to learn more about the history and culture of Derry and the surrounding area. The Tower Museum boasts a collection of audio presentations and exhibits that really make the history of Derry come to life.

Nature lovers should make sure they plan a day trip to the North Antrim coast, as this is one of the most enchanting areas of Ireland. Pretty paths run all the way along the coast and provide visitors with stunning ocean views and glimpses of long sandy beaches where they can pause to soak up the sun.

Coastline – Derry, Northern Ireland

The beautiful coastline of Ireland. This is a dramatic coastal setting has bright lush green grass and stone wall over looking the sea near Mussenden Temple. Castlerock, Co. Derry

Another impressive natural attraction that can be found on the North Antrim coast is the Giant’s Causeway. This famous rock formation dates back more than forty thousand years and is believed to have been created by a volcanic eruption, although it is also surrounded by local myths and legends.

People who choose to visit Derry at the end of October will be able to join in the festivities of the Halloween Carnival. This annual event takes place on October 31st and attracts more than thirty thousand costumed party people from all over the world who head here for a wild night of dancing, drinking and general merrymaking.

Climate conditions

The city boasts a temperature maritime climate that means that winters tend to be rather mild and summers are cool. However, Derry and the surrounding area tends to be rather wet and the warmest and driest months of the year are typically June and July, making this a great time to explore the city and the surrounding countryside.