Visiting the City
Get ready for a ‘LegenDerry’ festival!
Located in the stunning north-west of Ireland, the charming city of Derry~Londonderry is renowned as one of the finest walled cities in Europe, full of fascinating history and culture. This vibrant destination offers a unique combination of rich heritage and a buzzing social scene – Derry was named ‘Friendliest Destination in Northern Ireland’ so you will be guaranteed the warmest of welcomes!
Uncover many of the cultural delights on offer; take a trip back in time and discover over 400 years of history strolling along the historic 17th century walls, home to one of the largest collections of cannons in Europe. Enjoy magnificent historic buildings and cathedrals or check out one of the many museums to uncover this unique destination’s fascinating story and journey to peace.
In 2013 Derry~Londonderry hosted the inaugural UK City of Culture, with many high-profile events of international calibre taking place year round.The city was also named by highly acclaimed travel publication ‘Lonely Planet’ a ‘Top 10 City in the World to Visit’.
The City of Derry and surrounding area offers an excellent choice of quality hotels, cosy bed & breakfasts, stylish self-catering and comfortable hostels to suit every pocket, many within walking distance of the main festival venue. Prices range from £15 to £85 per person per night and early booking is advised. Check out our Hotel Guide for more information.
A busy festival is guaranteed to work up an appetite so check out one of the many restaurants for a bite to eat. Derry was named runner-up in the prestigious Restaurant Association of Ireland’s 2015 ‘Foodie Town Awards’ so you can be sure to enjoy the very best of locally sourced produce including ‘from pier to plate’ seafood caught locally in neighbouring Co. Donegal.
If retail therapy is what you are interested in, you are spoilt for choice. This fashionista’s paradise has two shopping centres, which have a vast array of high street names alongside vibrant independent stores. For those looking for something a little bit different, try Austin’s Department Store, which is officially the oldest department store in the world, or check out the Craft Village, home to a range of local craft providers, where you can pick up stunning pieces of artwork and clothing.
Discover Derry’s vibrant night-time economy and see home-grown artists and performers in action at one of the many cutting-edge live music venues or chill out at an array of cosmopolitan cafes and bars. The festival also hosts its own Festival Club on the Saturday and Sunday nights of the festival.