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About Derry

Derry, situated on the scenic banks of the River Foyle in Northern Ireland is home to a population of 149,200 people. It is an exquisitely charming and beautiful city with flourishing natural landscapes, parks and an exceptional countryside. Picturesque bays are separated by lush headlands, exposing moors that yield to valleys and quaint, rustic farmland.

Cheap flights to Derry are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be captivated by this lusciously beautiful city. Derry is home to City of Derry Airport (LDY), which is approximately a 15-minute drive from the city center. City of Derry Airport serves a multitude of airlines - including Ryanair and bmi Regional. Connecting flights to Derry depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Why visit Derry

First Derry Presbyterian Church

Sightseeing

Charming, alluring and pleasing natural landscapes, parks and exceptional countryside all play a pivotal role in the make-up of this metropolis. Revealing moorlands give way to valleys and thriving farmland.

Horse Racing

Sports

Ideal for the extremist, this well blended sports culture gives sport enthusiasts a chance to participate in walking, cycling, gliding, angling, horse-riding, swimming and orienteering in the area.

Irish Stew

Cuisine

Invigorate your taste buds with indulgent Derry cuisine. Scrumptious, mouth-watering dishes like champ, Irish stew, chicken jalfrezi, paella rice with prawn and chorizo, are amongst many to try.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Ireland
Currency Pound Sterling (GBP)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.06 GBP
Language English
Hub Airport City of Derry Airport (LDY)
Airline British Airways
Time Zone GMT + 1
Travel Adaptor Type G

Best time to visit Derry

Spring (March – May) and autumn (September – early December) are good times to visit, when airfares and accommodation costs drop, and crowds are scarce. This is a magnificent time to observe the seasonal changes of the trees and fields, which create a kaleidoscope of exotic colours across the city. Summer (June-August) is peak tourist season. The days are warm, bright, balmy and cloudless skies abound. There is more daylight, thus giving you more time to explore the city. During this time, crowds are dense and prices for lodging sky-rocket. It is tough to find accommodation during this season, so plan in advance. During the winter (December-February), hotel prices and airfares hit rock-bottom. The weather is chilly, cold and at its worst. January to February are frosty, but there is hardly any snowfall. In rural areas, a lot of bed-and-breakfasts, lodges, and attractions close for the season.

Weather & Climate in Derry

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low (°C) 3°C 2°C 4°C 5°C 7°C 10°C 12°C 11°C 10°C 8°C 5°C 4°C
High (°C) 5°C 5°C 7°C 9°C 12°C 14°C 16°C 16°C 14°C 11°C 8°C 6°C
Rainfall (mm) 104 74 70 59 64 69 80 91 101 107 104 107

The old wall city lies on the west bank of the River Foyle, spanned by two road bridges and a singular foot bridge.

Monasteries, churches and charming grey buildings are regarded as sacred and blessed places to be. There is a cultural prestige, where resounding achievements of Derry’s year as a city of culture brings much praise and admiration to the city.

Creativity is tailored, edged, and at the core of this contemporary metropolis. There is a re-awakened, joyful sense of well-being that stirs amongst locals, and a belief in the authenticity of movies, music and imagination.

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South African passport holders do need a visa to visit Derry and the rest of Northern Ireland.

• Allow enough time for visa processing.

• Ensure your passport has a validity period of at least six months.

• Ensure your passport has 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.

To apply for a visa you will need:

• The application confirmation page from your online visa application.

• A copy of the barcoded confirmation document showing proof of payment and appointment.

• A recent photo (45mm x 35mm).

South African's need to contact the Embassy of Ireland (Telephone: 012 452 1000) for more information on what documents are required, in addition to visa applications.

There are no vaccination requirements to enter Northern Ireland. Derry has great healthcare, but there are a few things to consider before you go.

• If you are travelling with medication, ensure that the medication is clearly marked and in original containers, along with the prescription or letter from your doctor.

• For spectacle users, bring a spare pair or prescription contact lenses.

• Vaccinations for hepatitis A, B and rabies are recommended.

• Acquire comprehensive travel insurance.

• Watch your beverages at all times when going to nightclubs.

• Always be vigilant, as crime occurs in any country, and watch your personal belongings.

• Do not be too flashy with money and expensive jewellery.

• Make copies of bank and credit cards, and other important documentation in case they are lost or stolen.

• Secure valuable personal belongings within the hotel safe.

• Avoid public or local demonstrations.

• Remain alert when walking around at night.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Derry
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R100.00 R100.00 R164.28
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R25.00 R25.00 R57.50
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R22.39 R34.22
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R10.00 R10.00 R21.90
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R38.00 R136.90

Derry is home to a plethora of stylish hotels and guesthouses. Many of the original 1900s buildings have been converted into lodges, still housing their unique charm.

There are plenty of hostels on offer, too – combining contemporary and luxury features like bars, restaurants and spa facilities.

The city centre is where you’ll find chic Art Deco buildings offering comfortable rooms, hearty breakfasts and free parking facilities.

Whatever your budget or taste, Derry’s accommodation options will not disappoint!

Bus: Derry has several main bus operators which run the majority of local services. Tickets, schedules, timetables and information leaflets are available from the information office at the bus station.

Express Coach: A national express coach also runs from the bus station. Enquire about fees, as this luxurious, comfortable ride will cost a pretty penny.

Train: Direct rail services to a large number of destinations are available. Information about routes and schedules are available from the city’s information desk.

Park and ride services: These are offered in Derry and operate Monday – Saturday. Ensure that you park in the allocated bays, as fines are issued if you are not parked in your location.

Main attractions in Derry

Guild Hall

Guild Hall

Peace Bridge At Sunset

Peace Bridge At Sunset

Tower of St Columbs

Tower of St Columbs

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