10 Things to Do in Derry this Bank Holiday Weekend

The Bank Holiday weekend is upon us! The month of May is a fantastic time of year to visit the Walled City with Spring Bank Holidays at either side of the month. After all – what could be better than – not one – but TWO whole days off work?

Whether you’re a solo traveller, escaping for a romantic night away, or taking the family away for a short break – there’s plenty to see and do in Derry~Londonderry! Let us inspire you with some ideas as to how you could spend your time in the city this weekend:

1. Spend a night or two

Image: Maldron Hotel Derry

Derry’s accommodation options are endless, and no matter where you stay you are guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome as well as first class hospitality. Whether you choose to stay in a luxurious 4* hotel for the weekend, a quaint and cosy B&B, or a quiet, country self-catering cottage, you are guaranteed to wake up with a smile on your face knowing that a day of adventure in the Walled City awaits you.

Check out the fantastic Short Break offers on www.visitderry.com, and stay 2 nights from as little as £75.00pps – but hurry, offers expire after 31st May!

2. Explore the award-winning Foodie Scene

Image: Brown's Restaurant and Champagne Lounge
Image: Brown’s Restaurant and Champagne Lounge

Like most places, we are passionate about food and this is shown through our world-class variety of restaurants, cafes and producers. After all, we were awarded Destination Delicious in the Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink Awards! Whether you fancy Tapas with locally brewed craft beer, a luxurious Prosecco Breakfast, or a 5-star Michelin dining experience, Derry is the perfect place to rediscover your passion for food.

3. Enjoy a show!


The incredibly talented George Ezra brings his ‘Top Secret Tour’ to Derry’s Millennium Forum this Saturday, with some tickets still remaining! The ‘Budapest’ singer performs at the Forum on 27th May, debuting brand new songs for the first time.

Get your tickets here

4. Go on an adventure

Image: Sperrin Mountains

Derry is the perfect base for exploring Northern Ireland, so why not take a few hours out of your stay to explore all that the region has to offer? Go hiking in the Sperrins, explore the world-famous Giant’s Causeway, or explore the Wild Atlantic Way in nearby Donegal. Most visitor experiences are only a 90-minute drive or less away from the city, meaning you haven’t far to travel to embrace your adventurous streak!

5. Walk the City Walls


The 400 year old Walls: perhaps the most iconic piece of history belonging to the city. Built in 1613–1619 by The Honourable The Irish Society as defences for early 17th century settlers from England and Scotland, the Walls still stand today – leaving Derry as the only completely Walled City in Ireland.

A great way to discover the history of the Walls is to take a walking tour with one of Derry’s many historical experts. You can see a list of tour guides on www.visitderry.com

6. Take a few snaps


Derry is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque cities in the world. Breathtaking views from atop the City Walls, detailed architecture, and perfect selfie opportunities – bring your camera, your phone, your tablet, and get snapping! We’d love to see your photos, so be sure to tag us on Instagram and use the hashtag #visitderry

7. Check out the history

Tower Museum
Image: Tower Museum

Derry is a city full of ancient and modern history. Take a day to explore the many museums and attractions the city has to offer. Whether you’d like to learn more about the historical Siege of Derry or the more recent Troubles – you’ll find a museum that explains it all in great detail.

8. Go on a shopping spree

Image: Foyleside Shopping Centre

Calling all fashion fanatics! Did you know Derry is home to many high-street brands and independent boutiques? From shopping centres to craft shops, shoes to souvenirs, Derry is the number one shopping destination in the North West! Our compact city makes it easy to find whatever you’re looking for, with most retailers situated only a stone’s throw away from one another.

9. Enjoy a cocktail – or a pint of Guinness!

brickwork cocktails derry
Image: Brickwork Derry

Let’s be honest – city breaks were made for enjoying a tipple or two. Most of the restaurants and bars around the city have amazing cocktail menus, so be sure to check sample one (or a few) with your lunch or dinner. Not your thing? Have a Guinness, obviously.

10. Explore the City by bus

City Sightseeing and Murals form City Walls
Image: City Sightseeing Derry

One of the easiest ways to learn more about Derry is to take a bus tour with City Sightseeing. Sit back, relax, and enjoying hearing the history of Derry. Hop On and Hop Off as much as you like at any of the bus stops on the route and see all the best sights and attractions that the town or city has to offer!

Want to see more great ways to spend your bank holiday in Derry? Visit our website or Tweet us for suggestions @AskVisitDerry!

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