As many of you will already know, here at Visit Derry we run monthly competitions on our social media channels for short breaks here in Derry~Londonderry. We strive to provide the best prizes we possibly can for our followers which is why we were delighted to receive such postive feedback for the city from our February competition winner – Debra, who sent us the following:
Our 48 hours in Derry
“Derry, not your first choice for a city break? think again! Easy to get to for a start, our flight from Liverpool took just 40 minutes with Ryan Air.
Our hotel , the Best Western White Horse was only 2 miles from the
>airport and as it was a lovely day we decided to walk. An easy flat walk along a reasonably quiet road. We were greeted by a very friendly receptionist and had only a short wait until our comfy, clean room was ready.
Straight back out, a £7.50 taxi ride took us into the heart of Derry where we got our bearings and had a stroll along the peace bridge over the river foyle. After a quick sandwich we checked out a few of Derrys many pubs, the Blackbird and the Dungloe bar both great for a pint of Guiness (or two) Our meal that night was back at the White Horse and did not disappoint being both stylish and filling.
After a good nights sleep, back into Derry for our Bogside History Walking Tour, now this is a must do! Our guide Neil was amazing , completely setting the scene and bringing the gritty history of Bogside to life. We met people who lived through the troubles and got a totally new perspective on this difficult time.
Our tour was easy walking and took aroung 1 1/2 hours. Afterwards a quick wander back up the hill took us to the elegant Bishops Gate Hotel for afternoon tea, wow, but wow! i have never eaten so many cakes in my life! I never ever thought i could be “caked out” We added a glass of Champagne to ours to make it really special and needless to say an evening meal was not required that night!
The next day after a lovely buffet breakfast at the White Horse,(so much food!) we checked out and made our way back to the city centre where we walked the historic walls and took in the views of the area , right over to the surrounding hills and of course the river foyle. We could also see the full extent of the huge Bogside area which was interesting after being down there the day before.
Time out for lunch at the Pickled Duck which is right on the main square where i had a fab burger and chips, very tasty and great service, the place was heaving! Then sadly time to leave for the airport and wave goodbye to Derry – We will return!
What makes Derry a great break?, well, all of the above but mainly the people, so friendly and helpful, not like a city at all.”
What an amazing testament to our fantastic Walled City, we hope all of our competition winners enjoy their prizes as much as Debra!
Watch our for our competitions across social media each month for your chance to win a stay for yourself and others!