Top 10 Things to Do
TOP TEN THINGS TO DO IN DERRY
1. Take a tour of the City Walls
Derry-Londonderry is the only walled city in Ireland and one of only a few across Europe with fully intact City Walls. They offer a great vantage point to see many of the attractions of the city to help you find your bearings and to plan your path for exploring. There are many information points along the walls providing information about our city's history. One of the best ways to gain a more in depth insight into the history of the city is to take a guided tour with a local tour guide such as Martin McCrossan City Tours.
2. Take a stroll along the Peace Bridge
Opened in 2011 as the 3rd bridge to span across the River Foyle and as the first footbridge to link the city side and waterside areas of the city.
The bridge has been designed to represent a “Structural Handshake” between the city's communities to show regeneration and the peaceful era our city has moved into.
3. Visit The Guildhall
Our city's town hall was originally built in 1887 and has recently received a £9.5m restoration to its stunning stained glass and architectural features. The Guildhall provides a civic function but is now also a central hub for visitors exploring the city with a multifaceted tourism experience including building tours, temporary exhibitions and seasonal features such as the Christmas Gift and Craft Fair. Entrance to the Guildhall is free and more information can be found here.
4. Learn about our city's rich history in our range of city museums.
Our city has such a varied history, from shirt making to emigration to maritime history. There are a number of museums within walking distance where you can learn more such as the Memorial Hall, Museum Of Free Derry, Tower Museum and River Watch Aquarium.
5. Check out the art & music scene
In 2013 the city of Derry / Londonderry became the first ever UK City Of Culture, this was an exciting year for the area as many events took place for the first time including the Turner Prize Art Exhibition and Radio 1’s One Big Weekend Event. Since then the cultural industry has continued to grow and to thrive. During your stay with us check out the art exhibitions at the Void Art Gallery, or a dance performance at Echo Echo Dance Theatre. The Bogside artists have created an outdoor art gallery in the Bogside area of the city which highlights some important events in our city’s history, each of the murals features an information point so you can explore at your leisure or detailed walking tours can be arranged also.
6. Visit our local theatres
The Millennium Forum and Playhouse Theatre are both located within walking distance of Bishop’s Gate Hotel and offer a wide choice of shows to suit all tastes. The Waterside Theatre is just a few minutes’ drive from our location.
The Wig and Gown, Champagne Bar and Restaurant serves food daily so whether you would like a light bite or to enjoy full dinner before the show our team will be happy to help cater for your needs.
7. Tours of our historic churches
Derry boasts 2 cathedrals along with a number of churches which date back to the 17th Century.
Our neighbour, St Columb’s Cathedral (http://www.stcolumbscathedral.org/) is the city's oldest building, built in 1633, the cathedral team offer tours of the building and grounds to give visitors a chance to learn more about the “The Promised Chalice” and “Heroes Mound” amongst other stories.
8. Parks and Greenways
Whether you are looking for a relaxing walk after dinner or an energising morning run there are lots of options available within easy access of Bishops Gate Hotel.
In 2012 the city revamped the riverside area to create a new walkway and cycle paths which link from Craigavon Bridge through Ebrington Square and St Columb’s Park to Foyle Bridge and along the west bank including access to the Peace Bridge.
9. Treat yourself to a shopping trip!
With both the Richmond Centre and Foyleside Shopping centre just a short walk from the hotel you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping. The shopping centres have a range of well-known high street brands; from Debenhams and Marks and Spencer’s to local independent stores such as Argento.
10. Relax in Bishops Gate Hotel!
After a busy day exploring the city and all it has to offer there is no better way to relax and unwind than with a drink in the Wig & Gown Champagne Bar and Restaurant! During your stay with us make sure that you sample all that the hotel has to offer including Afternoon Tea, a wide range of champagne and cocktail options and our in house fitness suite.