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DerryDreaming Thu 03-Sep-20 09:36:51

I'm hoping to visit Derry / Londonderry in a couple of weeks.
Any suggestions of places to stay in the city, places to visit and places to eat.
Thanks in advance.

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DerryDreaming Sat 05-Sep-20 10:05:37

I thought there were a lot of Northern Irish posters on here - remember the traybake thread - with local knowledge. I thought I'd get lots of useful info.

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tearinyourhand Sat 05-Sep-20 10:07:49

Badgers is known for its food and it's right in the city centre.

The Tower Museum is good if you like museums. And a wander round the walls is always good. And across the Peace Bridge.

I love Derry. Rarely has a city been so transformed.

DerryDreaming Sat 05-Sep-20 17:39:35

Thank you @tearinyourhand

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Inituntiltheend Mon 07-Sep-20 20:54:35

Stay in the city centre - main hotels are city hotel,shipway hotel,maldron and bishops gate (bishops gate is in top 10 in uk) there's a holiday Inn in city centre too but bit out of hustle and bustle.

Walking tour of walls,derry girls tour, tour of murals, walk over peace bridge to Ebrington Square,have a bite to eat in walled city brewery. Can walk around St columns Park.

Are you going on your own? Couple? Family? Could make more suggestions if know what you're interested in?

user1471464218 Mon 07-Sep-20 21:00:09

The exchange is also nice for food.

Inituntiltheend Mon 07-Sep-20 21:16:41

@DerryDreaming also just wondering will you have a car ?

Opensesame1 Mon 07-Sep-20 21:19:53

Bishops gate hotel is lovely for food.. Mekong is also beaut if you want something different. No fancy frills in the setting but you won't find food like it anywhere else!

TheLastUNIC0RN Mon 07-Sep-20 21:25:57

Bishops gate for food... their apple tartin dessert is delish. Primrose is lovely for breakfast and you can sit outside along the quay. Entrada does the best steaks.
And Incase you're not aware.. wet pubs still aren't open here as yet

DerryDreaming Mon 07-Sep-20 22:26:54

Thanks all. That's great info. I knew you wouldn't let me down - what kept yis ?
Going as a couple. Will bring the car.

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Inituntiltheend Tue 08-Sep-20 06:16:00

Breakfast- pickled duck,secret cafe,stables Inn or down the Quay to primrose or the coffee house

Lunch- sandwich co, guappo, any of the above places and most pubs do soup,sandwich and full dinner menu at lunch time - so Bentley, the thirsty goat, silver Street tap house there is plenty more youll see them all city centre

Dinner- Castle Street social,browns in town,exchange, el tapas gra,entrada, nonnas and again all bars are doing restaurant food - so if looking to stay on for a drink book a late meal and hope you get to keep the table!
I seen on Facebook brickwork lounge are doing basic bar snacks but have live music - really hard to recommend bars atm when they arent normal.
Blackbird also does food and has live music.

If down the quay Pyke n pommes do greaf burgers and tacos atm they are in bus you can sit on it or eat on the street.

Florentinis does the best chips - but only open during the day.

I asked about the car as you could go to buncrana - tank and skinny seaside is lovely for lunch and loads of nice walks that direction. Could stop at an grainan Fort enroute. Firebox grill is also thst direction with unreal steaks
Also ness Woods and roe Valley Park are nice if you want a drive and a walk- there's a nice waterfall at ness woods.

Taxis are cheap but can be hard to get so do try stay city centre if having a drink

Hope that helps! Sitting having breakfast trying to think so brain might not be 100

Enjoy it but remember times aren't normal ! And the craic isn't the same

DioneTheDiabolist Tue 08-Sep-20 18:13:53

I can't go to Derry without walking the walls. The scenery and architecture are amazing. As is the chance to see a city from above. It is a bit weird.confused

I see different stuff every time.grin

DerryDreaming Wed 09-Sep-20 19:13:52

Thank you sooo much. Plenty to go on here.
There's no beating personal / local knowledge.

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Linwin Thu 10-Sep-20 13:34:03

I second the Shipquay hotel and castle street social for food.

RoisinD Thu 10-Sep-20 13:43:33

A visit to the museum of free Derry is an absolute must. Deals with the history of the civil rights movement and the tragic events of Bloody Sunday. Free Derry corner which is iconic throughout the world is close by. All within walking distance of city centre. Museum can be booked online.

Inituntiltheend Sat 12-Sep-20 18:28:34

Let us know how you get on - everyone is getting photos at Derry girls mural andnod course at free derry corner

DerryDreaming Sat 12-Sep-20 19:15:28

Thanks again. Looking forward to it. No date yet.

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SionnachRua Sat 12-Sep-20 19:17:30

+1 for the Free Derry Museum and Mekong.

Rachellow Thu 24-Sep-20 21:23:35

In August we stayed at Bishops Gate and had dinner at Shipsquay. Both fab and BG had great breakfast/afternoon tea with a great bed. We did a Derry Girls walking Tour which was the best craic. The new museum is worth a visit and on our way down we had a lovely beach walk near Mussenden Temple. It was our replacement for originally Spain changed to Galway then to Derry so I didn't have high hopes but it's so much nicer than I thought it would be.

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