Derry (officially and legally Londonderry) is the second largest city in Northern Ireland and has well over 100,000 inhabitants.
Derry has a typical maritime climate with cool summers and mild winters. June to September is summer season with temperatures between 16 °C and 20 °C and nights around 10 °C. Winters are still above zero, even at night. The highest and lowest temperatures possible are close to 30 °C and just almost -10 °C. Precipitation is evenly distributed throughout the year, with autumn and winter being the wettest time and spring being the driest month. The west is the wettest part of the country. May is the driest and most sunny month of the year.
|Derry City Independent Hostel||44 Great James street,||Hostel||87|
|Paddy's Palace Hostel Derry||1 Woodleigh Terrace Asylum Road||HOSTEL||-|
|Tower Hotel Derry||Butcher Street||Hotel||-|
|Travelodge Derry||22-24 Strand Road||Hotel||-|
|Carrowmena Hostel||100 Carrowclare Rd Limavady||Hostel||-|
|Rose Park House||53 Rosemount Ave Derry City||Guesthouse||86|
|Everglades Hotel||Prehen Road Londonderry||Hotel||-|
|Iona Inn||15 Spencer Road Waterside||Guesthouse||82|
|Abbey B&B||4 Abbey Street Londonderry||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Aberfoyle B&B||33 Aberfoyle Terrace Strand Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Arkle House||2 Coshquin Rd Londonderry||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Bogside Bed and Breakfast||27 Rossville Street Londonderry||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Derry Self Catering Apartments||35 Beechwood Avenue Derry||APARTMENT||-|
|Serendipity House||26 Marlborough Street||Guesthouse||-|
|Fairman House||2 Fairman Place, Rosemount Derry||HOSTEL||84|
|Groarty House||Groarty House, 62 Groarty Road, Londonderry/ Derry||GUESTHOUSE||-|
Internet cafés can be found in many cities and towns. All UK public libraries provide access, often branded as "People's Network", usually at no or little charge, though there is usually a time limit. Some hotels/hostels also offer internet access, including wifi, but most times at a cost. Using the internet on your personal phone can become expensive very quickly, with carriers charging 100's of times the local rate for data. To avoid these expensive roaming charges, you can hunt for wifi at a local cafe or hotel, or rent a mobile hotspot via several providers including DATAPiXY, and XCOM Global.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to the United Kingdom is: 44. To make an international call from the United Kingdom, the code is: 00
In case of emergency, call 999 or 112 from any phone. Such calls are free and will be answered by an emergency services operator who will ask you for your location, and the service(s) you need (police, fire, ambulance, coastguard or mountain rescue). You can call this number from any mobile telephone as well, even if you do not have roaming.
Although the number is declining, you can still find payphones in many public areas, especially stations, airports etc. You can usually pay with cash and sometimes by creditcard or, for international calls, special phonecards are still available.
Mobile phones are heavily used. The main networks are T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and O2. 3G data services are available, usually priced per megabyte and coverage is usually very good in the UK, however it may lack in rural areas. Roaming on your personal phone plan can be expensive. To manage costs, consider purchasing a local UK SIM card for your phone. Several companies offer local SIM cards including Telestial, and CellularAbroad.
The Royal Mail provides postal services in the United Kingdom. The Royal Mail's store fronts are called Post Office and offer services ranging from sending letters and packages to foreign currency exchange. Use the branch locator to find the nearest Post Office branch. There will be at least one post office in any town/city and there are quite often post offices in larger villages. It's common for a post office to be incorporated into a grocery store, where there will be a small counter located at the back of the store for dealing with post related matters. All post offices are marked with signs that say 'post office' in red lettering. Post boxes can be found at any post office and standalone large red post boxes on the streets or red boxes in the sides of public buildings.
For sending packages overseas, it might be a good idea to check prices and services with international companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.
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