23 - 27 October 2024

Visiting Derry

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 has been named ‘Friendliest Destination in Northern Ireland’ so you will be guaranteed the warmest of welcomes!

Uncover the many cultural delights on offer, take a trip back in time and discover over 400 years of history strolling along the historic 17th century walls, enjoy magnificent historic buildings and cathedrals, visit one of the many museums to uncover this unique destination’s fascinating story and journey to peace, or extend your stay and celebrate 31 October in the city, voted the ‘Best Hallowe’en Destination in the World’ by USA Today.

In 2013 Derry~Londonderry hosted the inaugural UK City of Culture, with many high-profile events of international calibre taking place throughout the year. The city was also named a ‘Top 10 City in the World to Visit’ by highly acclaimed travel publication Lonely Planet.


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 Accommodation Guide for more information.

Eating Out

A busy festival is guaranteed to work up an appetite so pay a visit to 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 the freshest seafood caught locally in neighbouring Co. Donegal.


If retail therapy is what you’re after, you’re 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, 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 nightlife 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 most nights of the festival.

For more details on transport, accommodation and tourist attractions in Derry, go to the Visit Derry website (www.visitderry.com).

Feel free to contact us directly if you require any additional assistance with your travel and accommodation arrangements.