Derry or Londonderry


Lonely Planet called Derry, the fourth-best city in the world to see in 2013


Derry is Ireland’s 4th biggest city in Ireland with 85.016 inhabitants, and has a long history of playing a significant role in Irish culture, politics and religion.

Derry/Londonderry is the home of 2 Nobel Laureates, rich in history and stories.

Said to have been founded in the 6th century by Saint Colmcille (or St Columba), Derry was renamed Londonderry in 1613 upon the award of its Royal Charter by King James I. Through the siege of the walled city in 1689 to its key strategic role in World War II.

Derry has been influential in shaping the world around it. In 2013, it held the honour of being the UK's first City of Culture.

Most popular tourist attractions and things to do and see in Derry Londonderry

  • 1690 Siege of Derry Museum.
  • Bloody Sunday & Bogside Tour.
  • Bogside Artists.
  • City Walls.
  • Craft Village.
  • Free Derry Tour.
  • Museum of Free Derry.
  • St. Columb’s Park.
  • St. Columb's Cathedral.
  • Tower Museum.
  • Walled City Tour.

Most important events and festivals in Derry Londonderry

  • City of Derry Jazz Festival.
  • Derry Halloween.
  • Dubai Duty-Free Irish Golf Open.
  • Foyle Cup (July – Football).
  • Foyle Maritime Festival.
  • St Patrick’s Festival.

Most famous sights in Derry Londonderry

  • Bogside.
  • Derry Walls.
  • Free Derry.
  • Free Derry Museum.
  • Guildhall.
  • St. Columb's Cathedral.

Why Derry is the best city to live and study English

  • Situated in the North West of Ireland, the Walled City of Derry a long played a focal part in British and Irish history and culture. Derry is the only remaining completely intact walled city in Ireland and one of the most excellent examples of a walled city in Europe. It is one of the few cities in Europe that never saw its fortifications breached.
  • In 2010, Derry was named the UK's tenth 'most musical' city by PRS for Music.
  • Lonely Planet called Derry the fourth-best city in the world to see in 2013. Attractions include museums, a vibrant shopping centre and trips to the Giant's Causeway, approximately 80 km away.
  • The massive political gable-wall murals of Bogside Artists, Free Derry Corner, the Foyle Film Festival, the Derry Walls, St Eugene's and St Columb's Cathedrals and the annual Halloween street carnival are popular tourist attractions.


CityDerry or Londonderry
CountryNorthern Ireland
Population (hab)85,016
Altitude (m.a.s.l.)22

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Foyle International

Foyle International

The longest established language school in Northern Ireland and the first to receive the British Council Accreditation