5 Things to Do on a Family Break in Derry this Summer!

The school holidays are almost here and there’s never been a better time to plan your family break in the Walled City!

Here’s just five of the many things to do in Derry~Londonderry and nearby that are perfect for a family trip:

1. Take a guided tour

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The city is filled with historical experts that can’t wait to share their knowledge and history of Derry. Choose from walking tours, bus tours, food tours, and even paddle board down the River Foyle if you want to know more about our history!

Derry Taxi Tours provide unique tours of the city in the comfort of a taxi, perfect on rainy day when you’d still like to explore!

2. Visit the local aquarium


After an extensive renovation, Riverwatch Aquarium re-opens it’s doors on 8 June and is a must do for families and visitors! Watch the fish swim about the tanks and learn about our local wildlife. They have lobster, crabs, starfish, coalfish, and lots of other marine and freshwater fish and shellfish. There are free activity packs to keep the kids entertained too!

3. Go shopping


Derry is the ideal location to shop due to it’s compact nature. Major shopping centres are just a few steps apart from each other, and there’s an abundance of independent craft stores where you’ll find the perfect souvenirs for your friends and family! Foyleside Shopping Centre has also just opened a brand new ‘Smiggle’ store, the ultimate creators of colourful, fun, fashion-forward stationery!

4. Dine out


From quaint cafés to exquisite restaurants, Lebanese food to authentic Italian, Derry is brimming with great places to eat! You’ll be spoilt for choice when dining out in the Walled City,  and our restaurants, bistros and brasseries will have you coming back for second helpings! Local restaurant, Quaywest, are offering 30% off all food and drink all summer!

5. Take on a family challenge


There’s both outdoor and indoor activity centres in Derry to keep the family entertained for hours, such as the exciting circuit at Campsie Karting – professionally designed to incorporate a number of fast straights, technical corners, and a chicane that, if you get it right, can save you up to 2 seconds per lap!

Or why not spend the evening at Brunswick Moviebowl? A cinema, bowling alley, indoor play park, arcade and restaurant, all in one place!


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