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Introduction to Derry

Derry, Northern Ireland, sits on the River Foyle. Also known as Londonderry, the city dates back to the 17th century. The ancient walls that guarded the area, as well as the seven entry gates, still stand. If you'd like to visit this historic town, give Skyscanner's innovative search engine a try. Find the cheapest hotel rates and even book the best airfare. Check out car rentals while you're at it. Then get ready for some Northern Ireland charm.

Things to Do in Derry

Take the 1.5-kilometre walk along Derry's nine-metre thick and eight-metre tall walls, completed in 1619. The city earned the nickname "Maiden City" because invaders were never able to breach those walls. The seven gates offer panoramic views of the River Foyle and the city.

St Columb's Cathedral, completed in 1633, is the oldest building in Derry. A remnant from the original church, built in 1164, is set into the newer foundation. You'll find it and a cornerstone dated 1633 on the porch found directly under the steeple. That porch also holds the remains of a mortar shell from 1688. More artefacts are found in the nearby chapter house that's now a small museum.

Sample some true Derry street food at Pyke "n" Pommes, an eatery found in an old shipping container sitting on the local dock. It serves everything from fish tacos to an assortment of burgers and sandwiches. Have a bite to eat and listen to local music at Peadar O'Donnells. During breaks in the sets, check out the memorabilia on the walls. Do some serious beer tasting at the Walled City Brewery, located in the old army barracks. Nearly a dozen home brews are waiting for your taste buds. Head to Smart Swag for some unusual souvenirs including jewellery made from old vinyl records and screen-printed outfits.

Getting To and Around Derry

Derry Airport (LDY), sometimes referred to as Elington Airport, is only 12 kilometres from the city centre. Carriers such as Ryan Air and BMI Regional offer connecting flights from London-Stansted, Liverpool and Glasgow. Three car companies have customer service desks near baggage claim, and that car rental can be one of the best ways to do some serious sightseeing. Just keep in mind that in Northern Ireland, just like England, you drive on the left. Manual transmission cars are the norm so if you need an automatic transmission you should reserve it in advance. City Cabs also offers service from Derry Airport. Typical fare to downtown runs around $19.00 CAD. Northern Ireland uses the British Pound, as it is part of the United Kingdom.

Hotels in Derry

Choose from hotels in the city centre, mostly within the ancient walls, or properties that are closer to the airport. Derry also offers vintage hotels that have special spa packages, just right for a bit of pampering. Familiar brands such as Ramada, Travelodge and Best Western all have properties in and around Derry.

  • The Bishop's Gate Hotel is a definite splurge, but it does put you in the heart of the Cathedral quarter. The Edwardian-era hotel dates back to 1899 and the authentically refurbished rooms and common areas reflect the decadence of that age. Choose from 30 rooms and suites, each with high speed Wi-Fi, Smart TV and an elegant work desk. Junior Suites are on the third floor, overlooking St Columb's Cathedral and the historic city skyline. The onsite Wig and Gown Champagne Bar & Restaurant is the perfect setting for that special celebration.
  • In the heart of Derry's shopping and entertainment scene and just outside the walls is the trendy Shipquay Boutique Hotel. The 21 individually designed rooms, many with quaint city views, offer free Wi-Fi and a luxurious private bath complete with organic toiletries. The Shipquay Restaurant is onsite. Packages are available that include treatments at the Shipquay Spa.