THE OPEN AT ROYAL PORTRUSH
THE 148th Open will be played at Royal Portrush this year, making a historic return to Northern Ireland for golf’s oldest and most international Championship after nearly 70 years.
But, did you know that the Walled City of Derry~Londonderry is the perfect place to base yourself if you’re attending the prestigious event this year. We’re the city that has the shortest ‘drive to the Open’. With additional rail services operating during The Open, from Derry to Portrush, amazing hotel offers and a city rich in culture and heritage; the Walled City is the perfect place to base yourself. Check out our accommodation offerings here.
In fact, we boast being just a short drive away from a number of Championship courses along the North West Coast of Ireland.
When Ballyliffin Golf Course held ‘The Irish Open’ just last year, many visitors to the region couldn’t believe how close the course was to Derry; giving them the unique opportunity to enjoy playing a round of golf whilst taking in the stunning views of the Wild Atlantic Ocean and rugged hills of Donegal, as well as explore the City rich in culture and heritage.
Derry~Londonderry is a natural hub from which to continue your journey to the Causeway Coastal Route and the Wild Atlantic Way. We’re at the heart of it all; and the perfect base to explore the spectacular scenery and visitor attractions of the entire North West region.
This year, on July 19th - 21st, the Legenderry Street Food festival takes place in the historic Walled City, bringing together the very best of street food, complimented by local craft drink producers and brought to life with DJ music sets. With the festival kicking off every evening at 5pm (and 2pm on Sunday) it will make the perfect place to retreat to after a day of golf.
Getting there: Transport provider Translink - who operate train and bus services from the city to Portrush - will run their regular train services to Portrush from Derry, and a bus serves from across Northern Ireland.
During the 148th Open, Translink have announced they will enhance these services with additional capacity, increased frequency and extended operating times. Check the journey Planner for exact details of scheduled serviced from 28 days in advance.
Legenderry Street Food Festival
The inaugural Legenderry Street Food Festival runs from Friday July 19th to Sunday July 21st. The three day festival will bring together the very best of street food, complimented by our local craft drink producers. Guildhall Street will come alive with DJ music sets, setting an edgy vibe and an unforgettable experience. It will run from 5pm to late on Friday July 19th and Saturday July 19th and will run from 2pm-10pm on the Sunday.
What visitors to The Open at Royal Portrush can expect from their stay in Derry~Londonderry
- Discover the 17th Century City Walls, which this year celebrate their 400 anniversary. Listed as the World’s 1001 Historic Sites You Must See Before you die (UNESCO). The City is the only remaining completely Walled City in Ireland and one of the finest examples in Europe of Walled Cities. These famous Walls which date back to the early part of the 17th century have withstood several sieges, the most celebrated lasting 105 days. There are fine views from the top of the walls which encircle the old city, a circuit of one mile.
- The Museum of Free Derry. Discover The Museum of Free Derry – the people’s story of government oppression, the struggle for civil rights, the Battle of the Bogside, Free Derry and Bloody Sunday. It was awarded Northern Ireland’s most ‘Authentic Experience of the year’ (2018) and is a must-see for visitors to the region.
- Free Derry Corner & City Murals. Located throughout the city are unique wall murals and are symbolic of the different communities’ depictions of life through ‘The Troubles’.
- Discover Donegal, it’s just literally minutes away from the city. Malin Head – Ireland’s most northerly point is only one hour’s drive away from the city.
- Derry is the primary destination city for cultural and heritage experiences on the island of Ireland. It was the inaugural UK City of Culture in 2013.
- The Walled City is a recognised food destination and was recognised as Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink 2016 ‘Destination Delicious’.
- Great base to overnight and to explore Giant’s Causeway, Strabane, The Sperrins, Ulster American Folk Park, Beaches of Donegal and Glenveagh National Park or Titanic Belfast.
- Make the most of the latest screen tourism sites from Derry Girls.
- Enjoy a three day street food festival on Guildhall Street with the Legenderry Street Food Festival, which takes place on Friday July 19th - Sunday July 21st. Admission is free.