This week I headed up north to discover the beautiful walled city of Derry.
Derry is somewhere I had heard so much about but had never actually gotten the chance to explore myself. I had read about it in my history books in schools, heard it’s great craic from my friends who had ventured up for hens and stags and most recently I had seen it on the hilarious TV show on Channel 4 , Derry Girls.
I was fortunate enough to head up for the premiere of Season 2 Derry Girls and soak up some true Derry culture on the way.
The city’s unparalleled setting, eye-catching architecture, wealth of history and thriving arts, music and foodie scenes make it a fantastic place to spend a few days.
Here are some of the best bits:
Where To Stay:
The Shipquay hotel is one of the newest editions to Derry. This stunning boutique hotel is bang smack in the city centre so you can pretty much walk everywhere.
With only 21 bedrooms, you’re still guaranteed to have a pretty chill and quiet time while you’re there.
It’s a super stylish spot definitely worth calling into for some grub even if you’re not staying.
What To Eat:
Walled City Brewery
Located on Erbington Square, which was once an army barracks, you’ll find a quirky restaurant and brewery under the same roof.
They have a wide range of craft beers made in the brewery for you to try and you can also try a tasting menu which pairs them with the food you’re having.
The beers I tried were all very intriguing and unique flavours and they had some hilarious names such as “Derry Milk”, “The Sabbat” and some Derry Girls inspired names such as “Sister Michael”.
It’s a deadly spot with knowledgeable, friendly staff and good vibes.
Get A Cream Horn In Doherty’s Bakery:
If you’re as big a fan of Derry Girls as I am, getting a cream horn in Derry is essential.
This crumbly, powdered cone of deliciousness is almost impossible to eat neatly but well worth the crumbs on your top.
Make sure you get one with jam in it, absolutely crackin’ stuff.
Where To Go:
One of the most conspicuous buildings in the city is Guildhall.
This red brick, Gothic-looking venue often has free exhibitions inside and if you’re lucky musical talent can be heard through the halls.
What To Do:
Walking Tour With Derry Guided Tours
One of the best ways to see a city and learn about its history is by doing a walking tour.
Derry Guided Tours provide a general walking tour as well as a tour dedicated to Derry Girls. You’ll visit all the famous sites from the show such as the famous Walls, the churches, Bishop’s Gate and Pump Street.
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Where To Drink:
Peader O Donnells
Get yourself a pint of the black stuff and soak up some true Irish culture in Peadar O Donnell’s pub.
This venue has such a buzz about it and it’s always great craic.
No better way to finish off an amazing day in an incredible city.
That's our next mini-weekend break sorted!