What kind of Derry Girl are you?
If you have yet to see Channel 4’s brilliant Derry Girls then you are seriously missing out! Series one aired last year and was the most watched TV show in Northern Ireland since records began. The comedy, which is set during The Troubles in the 1990s, was watched by an average audience of 2.5 million viewers per episode, making it the broadcaster’s biggest comedy launch in 14 years.
Just before Christmas last year, the series aired on Netflix WorldWide and has attracted a global audience.
Once you’ve watched the show, we think you’d love nothing other than a trip to Derry – Home of Derry Girls; and that’s why we’ve put together an itinerary best matched to the show’s five characters you’re most matched with.
Whether you’re more of an Erin, Clare, Orla, Michelle or even a James – check out the best things to do in the Walled City on your visit.
Party Animal Michelle:
If you’re on the hunt for a party or just fancy having a carefree night on the town then you’re a Michelle!
We reckon this is what you’d enjoy getting up to on a visit to the city.
Festival: You would most definitely be visiting us for our spooktacular Halloween Festival – the biggest Halloween party in the world, as voted for by USA today.
Activities: You’re day time activities would involve checking out the local pubs and clubs.
You’d start the day at Badger’s bar and restaurant (which incidentally is the where the Derry Girls mural is located).
Nothing better to get the party animal in your fully awoke, with a big lunch and a pint of beer.
After your big lunch, few drinks to get the day started you would then make your way over to Waterloo Street where you would start your bar crawl.
The Dungloe Bar, The Rocking Chair Bar, Pedar O’Donnell’s/The Gweedore Bar are all must visits for a party animal like Michelle.
Eating out: Of course the night will finish off with non other than a take away. As we all know, Michelle loves Fionnula’s Chippy. We have the wonderful Fiorentini’s on the Strand Road, serving Fish and Chips. It is also Derry’s oldest ice-cream parlour and coffee shop too. If you want to spice things up a little, then check out Mexican restaurant Guapo – also located on the Strand Road - and order a wrap.
If you’re an Erin, then you’ll love everything to do with the city and its culture. You’ll enjoy exploring the city that was the place where literary greats such as Seamus Heaney and Brian Friel went to school (St Columb’s College), where former MP John Hume was educated as well as Snow Patrol singer Johnny McDaid. You would of course check into the Verbal Arts Centre and the PlayHouse and discover all the wonderful plays and workshops on offer.
This is what we imagine you’d enjoy doing:
Festival: Foyle Film Festival. The festival takes place every year and will be held on 15-24 November this year.
Your first stop would be to visit Seamus Heaney’s Homeplace. Celebrating the life, literature and legacy of one of Ireland’s greatest writers, HomePlace is an interactive exhibition based in Bellaghy, Co Derry, paced with personal stories, photographs, artefacts and the voce of the poet himself.
You would probably take a tour of the Walled City – which this year celebrates its 400-year anniversary. You would no doubt spend an hour gazing at the city from the Walls’ and take inspiration for any upcoming writing projects you may have; it may just be the place you’ll ‘find your voice’.
Eating out: Eat out at Browns In Town and enjoy Michelin recommended fine dining.
Clare is the most straight laced member of the gang and often becomes very frustrated by her friends' carefree attitudes.
Festival: Foyle Pride.
Activities: Clare will have already ironed out her itinerary ahead of her visit to the city. She’ll start off bright and early and her first pit stop will be to Wee Dennis’s Shop (yep it’s real and is based in the Bogside area of the city) for a pick’n’mix to kickstart the day.
She’ll check out the Peoples Gallery, and make her way towards the Museum of Free Derry, she’ll then enjoy exploring the Siege Museum, The Tower Museum and the Guildhall. She’ll join one of the many walking tours available throughout the day and enjoy hearing about the city’s unique history while absorbing all that the city’s 400-year-old walls offer. Derry is home to Ireland's only completely intact Walled City and it is one of the finest examples of a walled city in Europe.
Eating: Clare will enjoy a visit to the Craft Village where she’ll enjoy dining at Soda and Starch, an eatery in the style of a traditional Irish kitchen and pantry serving great Irish food using locally sourced products in unpretentious surroundings.
If you’re living your own whimsical and unpredictable life, like Orla then we’ve just the ticket for you.
Festival: Slow Food Festival
Activities: Orla loves exercise – remember in series one she declared she enjoys a bit of aerobics – then how about a bit of outdoor pursuits? Fancy spending the day on a Stand Up Paddle Board with a Far and Wild Slow Adventure package? If you’re an Orla, we think you’d like this! Enjoy a historical city tour, culinary Foodie Cycle tour or go on Ireland’s first long-board tour.
We reckon if you're an Orla, you'd probably enjoy visiting spots along the Wild Atlantic Way or the Causeway Coastal Route - which are just drive away from the city.
Eating out: Orla would struggle to make a decision on which restaurant to eat out in Derry because we’re somewhat of a foodie haven. She’d probably find herself walking over the Peace Bridge and coming across the city’s very own brew house – the Walled City Brewery. The multi-award winning restaurant and craft brewery is a hidden gem and has win the Georgina Campbell’s most atmospheric restaurant of the year 2019 award.
James is Michelle’s cousin and more often than not he gets dragged along with the rest of the girls because no one really pays attention to him. But if James did get to speak up, this is what we reckon he’d do spending his day in our city.
Festival: Foyle Cup
Activities: He’d enjoy a trip see Derry City Football Club play a match. After that he’d visit our Tourist Information Centre and hire out a bike so that he could explore the city on his own.
Eating out: Unlike the girls, health-conscious James isn’t a fan of Finnoula’s Chippy and instead he’d rather opt for something a lot less greasy. He’d eye up a salad at The Sandwich Co.
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