Things to do in County Londonderry

Our most recommended things to do in County Londonderry

Bloody Sunday and Bogside Murals Private Guided Walking Tour

1. Bloody Sunday and Bogside Murals Private Guided Walking Tour

The modern history of Derry is explored in the Bogside tour. Subjects range from the partition of Ireland and the creation of the six-county state, widespread religious discrimination against Irish Catholics, Civil Rights period, Battle of the Bogside 1969, Bloody Sunday massacre January 1972 and covers both inquiries in to Bloody Sunday and the conflict that occurred here afterwards. You will visit the Bogside, the crucible of the modern day conflict and home of the Civil Rights Association. View the world famous Bogside murals in Derry's Bogside. The Bogside murals give visitors a glimpse in to the recent history of Derry using visual art Visit the site of the Bloody Sunday massacre. The Bloody Sunday monument was the last physical act of the NI Civil Rights Association. 

Derry: Walled City Private Tour

2. Derry: Walled City Private Tour

Discover the long history of Derry and the surrounding area on this city walls walking tour. Derry is one of the longest continuously used areas of land in Ireland, dating back some six thousand years. This walking tour takes the 1.4 km circuitous route along the walls. Learn how St Colmcille set his monastery on the island of Doire in 546 before going to Iona in the western isles of Scotland, bringing Christianity to Britain. Hear about Queen Elizabeth I's advance into Ulster, bringing Anglicization and the Protestant religion, then the Irish response to this invasion that led to the Nine Years War 1594-1603, ending with the Flight of the Earls in 1607. Discover why the famous City Walls were built, and why the name of the city is still contested following Derry's change to Londonderry under King James I. Immerse yourself in the history of the Siege of Derry, The Fountain Estate, Derry Gaol, the Apprentice Boys, as well as the Great Hunger and emigration.

Derry: Derry Girls TV Show Filming Locations Tour

3. Derry: Derry Girls TV Show Filming Locations Tour

Visit the walled city of Derry, the only fully walled city in Ireland and Britain, for a fun filled tour of the film locations from the comedy TV show Derry Girls. Explore some of the show’s most iconic filming locations, such as Bishop's Gate, Long Tower Church, Dennis Wee Shop and the all new Derry Girls mural. Stop by Pump Street and learn the difference between a cream horn and a cream finger, and try one for yourself if you fancy it. Along the way, listen to your guide share stories about the local history of Derry as you wander through some of the city’s most beloved landmarks.

Best of Ireland 6-Day Backpackers Economy Tour

4. Best of Ireland 6-Day Backpackers Economy Tour

Mix with local characters, and get a unique insight into Ireland’s legends, landscapes and people on a week long tour of the island, north and south. Explore city life in Belfast, Derry and Cork, go to the rocks of the Giant's Causeway, walk along the Cliffs of Moher, tour the Dingle Peninsula, and enjoy a glass of the black stuff at the Guinness Brewery in Dublin. The tour takes in the highlights of Ireland’s four corners, including all the sights of Northern Ireland, and includes a night at a traditional Irish pub, plenty of opportunities to dance the night away, hikes through bogs and castle ruins, and much more. Day 1: Dublin - Belfast Depart from Dublin at 9:00 AM, and begin your adventure at Drogheda, where you'll see the preserved head of St. Oliver Plunkett in St. Peter’s Cathedral. Cross the border at South Armagh. A fascinating evening in Belfast awaits. Learn why “Lonely Planet” described the capital of Northern Ireland as one of the top 10 “Must-See” destinations on earth. You can take an (optional) Black Taxi tour to see the Peace Wall and political murals. With accommodation in the Downtown area of the university area, great nightlife will be on your doorstep, while the peaceful Botanic Gardens are a short stroll if you prefer to relax among the scent of roses. Day 2: Belfast - Derry Today you will cruise the beautiful north coast. See - and cross, if you dare - Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (seasonal and subject to a small optional charitable donation to the National Trust). Then, trace the footprints of Celtic giants as you walk the Giant's Causeway, Ulster's number one attraction since 2 million BC. Marvel at an estimated 60,000 hexagonal columns of basalt rock, formed by violent volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. Your guide will wax lyrical about how the giant warrior hero, Fionn McCool, built it to fight off the pesky Scots – according to local legend! You'll have plenty of time to take the high or low road hikes, before setting off for Dunluce Castle, ancestral home of the McDonnell clan. Learn how the castle came to ruin in 1639, when the kitchen collapsed into the sea during a great feast, and about the ghosts of the staff said to still linger. Spend the night in Derry, a jewel of a city for history buffs. Your accommodation will be in the ancient streets of the Downtown area, perfectly placed for the traditional music night at Peadar O'Donnells pub. Day 3: Derry - Galway Start the day with a hearty breakfast before an in-depth walking tour of Derry's historic walls (1601). Learn why the city is officially known as Londonderry, and the story of the long bloody siege of 1689. Go to the popular Bogside district, scene of the Bloody Sunday massacre of 1972, and inspiration for U2's classic anthem “Sunday, Bloody Sunday.” Next, drive through enchanting Sligo, visiting the sacred grave of the Irish poet and Nobel laureate, WB Yeats. Experience the archaeological richness of Ireland's northwest coast, before spending the night in Galway, the nation’s party capital. Your guide will take you to a cozy pub in the Latin Quarter for a glass of Guinness to the beat of electrifying Irish music and the sweet sound of the Gaelic language. Day 4: Galway - Dingle Today you will have the wild Atlantic Ocean by your side as you travel down the west coast, passing golden sand beaches, and maybe even a few dolphins and whales. Run around the lunar landscape of The Burren, the only place on earth where Alpine, Arctic, and Mediterranean flowers grow side-by-side. Hear about the horrors of the great Potato Famine of 1845-49 that saw more than a million Irish flee to the 4 corners of the globe. Next, gaze in awe at the Cliffs of Moher, and see why they were used as the “Cliffs of Insanity” in the movie “The Princess Bride.” Cross the River Shannon to Limerick, setting for Frank McCourt's blockbuster book, “Angela's Ashes.” Tonight you'll stay in your very own Irish pub, the Randy Leprechaun! Located in Annascaul on the Dingle Peninsula, it will be a great chance to mix with the locals and enjoy the characters of a genuine small village away from the tourist traps. Pull up a stool by the fire or dance the night away. In the morning, you can always take a swim with Fungi the Dolphin in Dingle Harbour, if you’re feeling brave. Day 5: Dingle - Killarney Take a short drive to the Gaelic-speaking fishing village of Dingle for some free time to shop and lunch in the charming center. Then, enjoy a scenic tour around Slea Head, with loads of time off the bus to take photos, or even take a wee hike. Your guide will tell you the folk stories and songs of the region as you visit Sleeping Giant Island and the famous 3 Sisters Mountains. Go for an (optional) horse-led car ride through Killarney National Park, and experience a tradition that has continued since the 1800s. You will spend the night in Killarney, a tour favorite for its huge range of activities on offer. Listen to traditional music, or discover great bars, restaurants and nightlife just steps from your hostel. Try singing a few of the songs your guide taught you during the day! Day 6: Killarney - Dublin Cross the Cork and Kerry Mountains, and kiss the Blarney Stone on top of Blarney Castle. Located in the rebel county of Cork, Blarney Castle is one of the most famous tourist sites in Europe, with great shopping opportunities. Kissing the Blarney stone isn't everyone's cup of tea, but a tour of the castle’s dungeons, caves and hidden bedrooms provides a great insight into a 12th-century masterpiece. Whether or not you need the gift of the gab, said to be yours after kissing the stone, dangling off the 300-foot battlements while being held by a middle-aged Irishman is too good an offer to turn down! After lunch, visit the beautiful Golden Vale, Ireland's finest agricultural land, and marvel at rolling fields and fresh pastures. Make your way through the battlefields of "Braveheart" for the tour’s grand finale in Dublin; a visit to the Guinness Storehouse. Say cheers to your guides and fellow travelers with a pint of the black stuff before you say your goodbyes.

Vera Half Day TV Locations Tour of Newcastle

5. Vera Half Day TV Locations Tour of Newcastle

Join this wonderful tour which takes fans of the show 'Vera' around the heartlands of where it is filmed in Newscastle Upon Tyne and Gateshead in Northumberland. The fully guided coach tour lasts approximately 4 hours and starts and finishes from central Newscastle. For the first part of the tour you will get to visit some of the Vera locations in Newcastle as well as Gateshead on the other side of the River Tyne. For the second and longer part of your tour you will be heading out towards the coast to explore some of the murder scenes and filming locations at Fish Quay in North Shields, Tynemouth and Whitley Bay before heading back into Newcastle. As part of the tour you'll have the opportunity to get out and see up close some of these locations to catch a good view. Sites you'll visit include Castle Keep, Industrial Film sites, The Staiths, The Sage Gateshead concert venue, the seven bridges of Newcastle, and you’ll have 30 minutes time to explore the Sage and surroundings. During the course of the tour you will get to see clips from the TV show to help you recognise the locations that you'll see on the day.

Northern Ireland 3-Day Tour from Dublin

6. Northern Ireland 3-Day Tour from Dublin

Travel beyond the headlines of Northern Ireland’s notorious “Troubles” and discover a land of spectacular natural wonders as you explore the wild Atlantic coast, see the stunning steps of the Giant’s Causeway, go to the battlefields of the Battle of the Boyne, and much more. Choose from a backpacker’s budget option, staying in shared dormitory style hostel accommodation, or choose an en suite room at a budget hotel or bed and breakfast accommodation if you would prefer a bit more privacy. Learn about the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 that brought the peace process to an end, and see evidence of the 30-year conflict at the Bloody Sunday Murals in Derry. Take a tour of Belfast, now classed as one of the top 10 cities in the world by Lonely Planet, and meet fun-loving local characters from both the Ulster-Irish and Ulster-British communities along the way. Day 1: Dublin - Belfast city (overnight Belfast) Choose from one of two central Dublin collection locations and you'll be on your way. Your first stop this morning is at Monasterboice, a monastic settlement dating back to 501 AD. This ancient monastery is home to the best-preserved and most intricately carved Celtic crosses in Ireland. A fully intact stone round tower also keeps watch over the horizon for marauding Vikings.  By late morning you'll arrive in Belfast. Discover why Lonely Planet regards Northern Ireland's capital as one of the top 10 'must-visit' cities on Earth. Your driver will show you highlights including City Hall, Queen's University, Albert's Clock, Botanic Gardens, and much more.  With plenty of time at leisure to explore the city, the political “Black Taxi” tour (optional) is strongly recommended to view the Peace Wall and infamous political murals. The drivers are locals and can explain what life was like in Belfast during the conflict of 1969-1998. This evening you'll stay downtown, in a most lively area with great pubs and restaurants catering to all tastes and budgets. Live music venues are plentiful, and Belfast is well known for its great nightlife. Day 2: Belfast - Giants Causeway - Letterkenny A glorious touring day cruising the Beautiful North Coast. You will initially visit the Dark Hedges, famed by Game of Thrones. Then it's the jackpot visit of the day - you will trace the footprints of Celtic Giants, and walk the Giant's Causeway. A UNESCO world heritage site, and the proud location of an estimated 60,000 hexagonal columns of basalt rock formed by cataclysmic violent volcanic eruptions a long long time ago. Your guide will wax lyrical about how the giant warrior-hero (Fionn McCool). You'll continue to the nearby city of Derry where you'll spend the afternoon. There will be plenty of time at leisure after an excellent in-depth walking tour of Derry's walls with a local guide. Learn why the city is officially known as Londonderry and the story of the long bloody siege here in 1689. Your guide will take you down to the well-known Bogside district, the scene of the Bloody Sunday massacre in 1972, and the inspiration for U2's classic anthem 'Sunday, Bloody Sunday'. Just across the border lie the hills of Donegal. You'll stay overnight in the town of Letterkenny for a flavor of rural Ireland. Day 3: Letterkenny- Sligo - Galway - Dublin After breakfast this morning, you'll head down a portion of the west coast's Wild Atlantic Way in the Republic of Ireland. Your journey takes you through the poetic heartland of Co. Sligo, W.B. Yeats country. Visit the final resting place of the Nobel laureate in Drumcliff Abbey, and admire the beautiful Benbulben mountain referenced in many of his poems. Further along the road lies Ireland's premier surf venue and beach at Strandhill, Co. Sligo, and you will have some leisure time here for refreshments. Your final stop before returning to Dublin is Galway where you have free time to explore. Perhaps you might like to visit some wonderful local seafood eateries, or try a pint in one of the fantastic pubs. You then take a scenic drive back to Dublin, arriving back at approx. 7:00 PM.

Derry/Londonderry: Attractions Pass

7. Derry/Londonderry: Attractions Pass

See the very best of the Walled City, Derry~Londonderry with an official sightseeing Visit Derry Pass. Get entry to 10 city centre attractions for one great price, on a one or two day pass. Learn about the fascinating history on a walking tour and take in some of the iconic attractions, all included with your Visit Derry Pass. Embark on a Bogside History Walking Tour, or a Martin McCrossan City Walking Tour. Explore the City and simply get your pass scanned at each attraction you wish to visit. Go to the Saint Columba Heritage Centre, Siege Museum, St Augustine's Church, St Columb's Cathedral, St Eugene's Cathedral, The Guildhall, The Museum of Free Derry and the Tower Museum.

Derry: Bloody Sunday & Bogside Murals Walking Tour

8. Derry: Bloody Sunday & Bogside Murals Walking Tour

Begin at the Free Derry Wall and let your local guide take your back in time, through the history of Northern Ireland. Beginning with the partition of Ireland, weave your way through the decades, through the troubles, the peace process and finish with a deeper understanding of the main issues that prevail today. Explore the famous Bogside Murals - the striking artworks that have become central to the neighborhood's identity. Discover the site of the Bloody Sunday Massacre, the controversial moment when British Soldiers fired into protestors in 1972, and pause at the memorial to the massacre looking over the Derry Walls.  

From Derry: Game of Thrones and Giant's Causeway Tour

9. From Derry: Game of Thrones and Giant's Causeway Tour

Once you arrive at the meeting point, get acquainted with your guide, who was an extra on Game of Thrones. Depart from Derry and drive westwards through the stunning countryside to Downhill Beach. Here you will find Dragonstone beach where Melisandre burned the Seven Idols for R’hllor the Lord of Light. Then travel to Dunluce Castle for a photo op.  This magnificent ruin was used as an establishing shot for Harrenhal in season 3. Cross Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, which sits 30 meters above the rocks. Please be advised that the walk from the coach park to the Rope Bridge itself is almost 1 kilometer, so expect to walk for 20 minutes to the Rope Bridge, cross the bridge and back again, then walk back to the coach park along spectacular sea cliffs. Visit Renly’s Camp and the Kingsmoot, the location of the Iron Islands Kingsmoot in season 6 when Euron claimed the Salt Throne from Yara. Stop for lunch at your own expense at a charming guesthouse, restaurant and pub in Ballintoy on the north coast. Afterwards, head to Ballintoy Harbor, the location where Theon came ashore on Pyke Island. Here Theon later rededicated his faith to the "Drowned God", where Ser Davos seeks the help of Salladhor Saan for the Battle of Blackwater Bay, and where Gendry escapes Dragonstone in a rowing boat. This is where your guide opens the trunk of the coach and takes out the Iron Born Reever and Yara costumes, swords, axes, and Greyjoy banners. Next, you will visit the Giant’s Causeway. This natural wonder is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a geological anomaly of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, formed in the Paleogene Period, 50-60 million years ago. Please note there is up to 2 kilometers of walking at this location. On the way back, make a photo stop at the Dark Hedges, the haunting avenue of serpentine beech trees through which Arya and Gendry escaped King’s Landing.

9-Day All Ireland Tour

10. 9-Day All Ireland Tour

Relax on a 9-day tour of Ireland that includes the wild landscapes of the "Ring of Kerry” Dingle Peninsula, and the legendary Giant’s Causeway. Take a scenic coastal drive along Slea Head, enjoy a pint of Murphy’s at a traditional pub in Cork, and wander the cliff-edge trails of the Cliffs of Moher. Be amazed by the lunar landscape of The Burren, visit the Museum of Country Life, explore the Donegal Mountains, and walk across the Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge. With round-trip transfers from Dublin, the tour is at a leisurely pace, with plenty of time to party if you prefer, including a night in Belfast's "Golden Mile." Take hikes in the mountains, and enjoy drinks with the locals. Day 1: Dublin - Glendalough - Kilkenny Castle - Waterford City This 9 Day All Ireland tour begins at 9:00 AM in central Dublin. Leave the city behind and drive through rolling countryside to the Wicklow Mountains. The first stop is the monastery ruins at Glendalough, the Valley of Two Lakes. This is an area of natural beauty and you'll have time at leisure to enjoy the local walks and trails and take some great photos of the ancient Celtic crosses and round towers. Afterward, continue to medieval Kilkenny with its cobbled streets and famous red ale. Potential sights to explore at leisure include the Castle, Cathedral, Abbeys, and Churches, all dating back to the Norman period following the invasion of the 12th Century. In the afternoon you continue south to the Viking settlement of Waterford. Not far from Waterford Harbour on the south-east coast, Waterford City is a relaxing spot to spend the evening with a handful of pubs and some great seafood restaurants. Day 2: Waterford City - Waterford Crystal - Blarney Castle - Dingle Peninsula Begin day 2 with a visit to the world famous Waterford Crystal factory. Stock up on fine cut glass at the outlet store or simply pause a while to watch the artisans at work. Afterward, continue the journey with a scenic drive through County Waterford and a panoramic drive-through of Cork city. The highlight for many today is world renowned Blarney Castle. Spend plenty of time (2 hours) visiting the Castle, with the chance to kiss the Blarney Stone (to receive the gift of eloquent speech, also known as the gift of the gab). Surrounded by beautiful and majestic gardens, you may also shop for souvenirs at Blarney Woolen Mills, the world's largest Irish shop. After lunch, continue on to the Dingle Peninsula and overnight amongst the last parishes that before America. Day 3: Dingle Peninsula - Slea Head - Killarney This morning starts with a short drive to Dingle, a charming Gaelic speaking fishing village. Famed in many films like Far and Away and Ryan's Daughter, Dingle is celebrated for having most pubs in Ireland for a town of its size, 52 pubs and 2000 people. Don't forget Dingle's most famous resident, Fungi the Dolphin who you will have a chance to visit in the early afternoon. Then you're off on a pleasant trip around Slea Head with amazing views of Sleeping Giant Island, the Blasket Islands, and Beehive Huts dating back to 2000 B.C. Regarded as the most beautiful Peninsula in the world by many photographic magazines, Slea Head has some of Ireland's most fabulous beaches and is definitely the highlight of Ireland's famed Wild Atlantic Way. This area is completely Gaelic speaking, and you may even get to hear some of the locals converse in this ancient language. Then it's back to Dingle where there is ample time for shopping in traditional arts and crafts stores, lunch in one of the many colorful pubs with local musicians playing some mystic tunes. Complete your day with a visit to Ireland's longest beach at Inch, connecting Dingle Peninsula to the Ring of Kerry before continuing on to the next exciting destination: 2 days in Killarney. Day 4: Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney Embark on the world famous Ring of Kerry. The day begins with a horse and cart ride through Killarney National Park (optional) or horseback ride through the park for the energetic and adventurous (optional). Next, it's off on the journey that combines emerald pastures and villages with jaw-dropping views of cliffs, mountains and ancient pagan forts. Highlights include vistas of the Skellig rocks, and the beautiful town of Waterville, once home of the legendary Charlie Chaplin. After lunch, you'll find yourself in the homeland of Daniel O'Connell, known as the father of the nation and the man who brought Catholic emancipation to Ireland in the early 1800s. Your afternoon is packed with many highlights including Moll's Gap, Ladies View, Leprechaun Crossing, Killarney National Park, Lakes of Killarney, Torc Waterfall, and much more. Day 5: Killarney - Cliffs of Moher & Burren - Doolin - Galway Leaving Killarney, the first stop will be for a photo of the beautiful Bunratty Castle (photo opportunity & refreshments). Today's emphasis will be the Wild Atlantic Way and visiting Cliffs of Moher, the most popular natural tourist destination in Ireland and most spectacular cliffs in Europe. Rising over 700 feet in height, these cliffs are home to some of natures most majestic birds including puffins, gannets and many more. Doolin, the home of Irish traditional music is a perfect lunch stop before continuing onwards to explore the Burren, a lunar landscape dating back 300 million years with unique features like underground rivers and waterfalls. From here the journey takes you along the West Coast of Clare, and Galway Bay. Enjoy fabulous vistas of the Aran Islands before stopping at Corcomroe Abbey, one of Ireland's finest examples of the Island of Saints and Scholars. Overnight in Galway, known as the city of the tribes and Ireland's cultural capital, with a vast array of fine seafood eateries, and home to an endless selection of traditional Irish music venues. Galway was also once home of Christopher Columbus, the famous explorer. Day 6: Galway - Cong - Country Life Museum (Castlebar) - Letterkenny After a great night in Galway, the first stop today is the charming village of Cong famed by John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in the film the Quiet Man. The village is home to Ashford Castle a regular haunt for the rich and famous and wedding venue for a host of international stars. There will be time to visit Cong Abbey before heading off through parts of Connemara to the Museum of Country Life. Here you'll be introduced to the Irish way of life that has existed in this rugged and beautiful part of the country since the 1800s. Watch some of Ireland's finest breakers roll against the Atlantic shores before heading off through the poetic heartland of Ireland, W.B. Yeat's country. Visit his final resting place in Drumcliff Abbey, and admire the beautiful Benbulben referenced in many of his poems. The overnight destination tonight is in Letterkenny in rural County Donegal. Day 7: Letterkenny - Glenveagh National Park - Derry - Letterkenny Begin today with a tour of Glenveagh, Ireland's premier National Park. Take the opportunity to enjoy nature with lakeside walks and a visit to Glenveagh Castle. Onwards to Grianan of Aileach a hilltop fort, 3000 years old with panoramic views of 5 of the counties of Ulster and legendary stories from every era of Irish history. Then it's off to Derry / Londonderry for an excellent in-depth walking tour of Derry's walls (1613) and the well known Bogside district, famed in the U2 song "Bloody Sunday" after the tragic events of January 1971. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure with time to explore Derry before returning to Letterkenny for a relaxing evening. Day 8: Letterkenny - Giants Causeway - Rope Bridge - Glens of Antrim - Belfast Cruise the beautiful North Antrim Coast to world famous Giant's Causeway. Its 37,000 basalt columns form stepping stones leading from Ireland to Scotland and are featured in the Celtic legend of Fionn MacCool. Continue along the coastal route, with fantastic views of Whitepark Bay and through part of the Glens of Antrim. Overnight in Belfast Day 9: Belfast - Dublin Begin the last day with a city tour of the highlights of Belfast including City Hall, Queen's University, Botanic Gardens and much more. Visit Titanic Belfast, a fascinating exhibit housed in the very docklands where this most famous ship was built and launched before her tragic maiden voyage. Enjoy some leisure and consider taking a Black Taxi tour (optional) of the political murals, and of course the Peace Walls, which divide the Catholic Republican from the Protestant Loyalist communities. Enjoy time for lunch and shopping downtown. The tour will depart Belfast around 2:00-2:30 PM making a stop at Dublin Airport at approximately 4:30 PM and finish in Dublin around 5:00 PM.  

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Learnt a lot about Newcastle as well as Vera. There is a lot more to Newcastle than I thought. Top marks to my guide and the coach driver

A friendly welcome. Comfortable coach , little snippets of Vera episodes to add to the coordinated stops. Good value for money

Loved the quality of the audio. The technology and gps tracking works really well. Enjoyed the audio tour a lot.

Very good and informative would recommend Gleann Docherty to anyone thinking of any tours in Derry

Fran is the best. Loved her commentary and knowledgeable stories.