There are so many wonderful things to see and do in this historic city, so much in fact that it would be hard to fit everything into one day but we’re here to give you an idea of what you can get up to if you’re out for a day in Derry! As restrictions are beginning to ease, businesses will be ready to reopen soon, so here are a few suggestions of things to do when they reopen.
Why not kick off your day with a stroll around one of the city’s beautiful parks? Located at the end of the Peace Bridge, St. Columb’s Park offers stunning views of the city, a quaint little café, a fun park for the kids and much more. With paths going off in different directions, you can make it a quick 10-minute stroll or stay out all day and with the park being so close to the Peace Bridge, you can even pop over to the town and grab yourself a delicious breakfast in one of the city’s many restaurants and cafés.
After a morning of stretching your legs and enjoying the outdoors, relax in the afternoon with a little retail therapy or enjoy the rich culture and heritage of the city by visiting one of the museums or going on a walking tour. Foyleside shopping centre and the Richmond centre have everything to meet your shopping needs, whether you’re in the market for some new shoes, jewellery, homeware or food, you’ll be sure to find it in Derry. There’s also lots of amazing little independent stores in the city if you’re looking for something really unique. If history is your thing, a visit to the Museum of Free Derry is a must. Immerse yourself in the city’s story of its struggle for civil rights, its descent into conflict and the fights against government oppression and with the museum being situated where these events took place, you’ll get a real feel for the history that affected so many people. If your legs aren’t tired from your morning walk, one of the many city walking tours will be sure to keep you informed and entertained. So whatever you’re into, Derry has you covered.
By this point in the day, you’re sure to be getting hungry and Derry has a wide range of places to eat, whether you prefer fine dining or traditional pub grub, you’ll find something good to fill your belly. Some of our personal favourites include Blackbird, Martha’s Vineyard and The Gate Bistro, who all offer great food and equally great cocktails. My mouth is watering just writing this!
Now it’s the evening and after a jam-packed day, it’s nice to sit down and enjoy some entertainment and there’s no better place to do so than at the Millennium Forum, which is one of Ireland’s largest purpose-built theatres, conference centres and event spaces. From some of the best musicals in the UK, to the biggest names in comedy, a night at the millennium forum will not disappoint.
After a busy day in Derry you’ll be ready to retire to a comfy bed and if you’re staying in the city there are plenty of options, whether you’d prefer a quaint little B&B or if you’d like something a bit fancier, there’s something for all budgets, so check out some options on our website.
From morning to night, Derry has a range of things to keep you busy and our list is just a few suggestions. So whether you’re just visiting or relocating, you’ll never be short of things to do. Get in touch and let us know your suggestions of the best places to eat, stay and shop in the city so we can share them with others!