Derry Beaches and Coast

Derry, or Londonderry as it's sometimes known, sits astride the river Foyle and dates back to the 6th Century.

Now it is a modern and busy centre frequented by travellers from all over the world. It is popular as it's a completely walled city and the only of its kind in the United Kingdom.

With over 1450 years of history to draw upon this city has you marvelling at how it survived the Siege of Derry and the Famine, WWI and the Easter Rising, Bloody Sunday and the Civil Rights Marches. From this damaging and bloody past a vibrant and joyful city has risen and occasions are marked by festivals and other events throughout the year that attract tourism and business alike.

Take the Heritage trail and find Cathedrals and Churches, villages, murals and monuments that will reveal parts of this rich tapestry including the landing of Amelia Earhart as she flew solo in 1932!

The county offers lush countryside and superb beaches so walking and bird and wildlife spotting is easy especially near Springwell or Ness Wood Country Park.

Beech Hill Country House is worth exploring too. It's where the Clintons stayed on visits to the country and is set in over 30 acres of stunning nature just outside the city! A perfect spot for afternoon tea.

Nearest Beaches in Derry

  • Magilligan Beach

    Magilligan Beach (Benone Strand) is located on the North West corner of Northern Ireland and stretches for 7 miles from Downhill to Magilligan Point. Magilligan foreland is Ireland’s largest coastal accumulation comprising some 32 square kilometres of marine and wind-blown sand deposits.

  • Downhill Beach

    Downhill beach offers visitors a long stretch of sandy beach with great surf making it an ideal spot for water sports and long walks with the dog or just a spot of sunbathing in the warmer months.   Downhill beach offers a wonderful way to enjoy the natural beauty of read more

  • Magilligan Point Beach

    Magilligan Point is the tip of one of the largest (7 miles) sand dune systems in the British Isles. The coastline constantly changes with winter storms and this is one of the main reasons the site has been declared a nature reserve. Magilligan Point guards the mouth of Lough Foyle read more

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