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Derry

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Introduction

Derry (officially and legally Londonderry) is the second largest city in Northern Ireland and has well over 100,000 inhabitants.

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Weather

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.

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Getting There

By Plane

The City of Derry Airport (LDY) has flights to/from Dublin, London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Glasgow and seasonal flights to several cities in southern Europe, like Alicante and Barcelona.

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Eat

  • The Exchange Restaurant & Wine Bar - A city centre restaurant and wine bar offerring quality and delicious food and wine at affordable prices in a dark and ultra modern decor place. Address: Exchange House, Queens Quay, Derry BT48 7AY. Telephone: 028 7127 3990.

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Sleep

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PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Derry City Independent Hostel44 Great James street,Hostel84
Paddy's Palace Hostel Derry1 Woodleigh Terrace Asylum RoadHOSTEL74
Tower Hotel DerryButcher StreetHotel-
Travelodge Derry22-24 Strand RoadHotel-
Carrowmena Hostel100 Carrowclare Rd LimavadyHostel-
Rose Park House53 Rosemount Ave Derry CityGuesthouse82
Everglades HotelPrehen Road LondonderryHotel-
Iona Inn15 Spencer Road WatersideGuesthouse83
Abbey B&B4 Abbey Street LondonderryGUESTHOUSE-
Aberfoyle B&B33 Aberfoyle Terrace Strand RoadGUESTHOUSE-
Arkle House2 Coshquin Rd LondonderryGUESTHOUSE-
Bogside Bed and Breakfast27 Rossville Street LondonderryGUESTHOUSE-
Derry Self Catering Apartments35 Beechwood Avenue DerryAPARTMENT-
Serendipity House26 Marlborough StreetGuesthouse-
Fairman House2 Fairman Place, Rosemount DerryHOSTEL87
Groarty HouseGroarty House, 62 Groarty Road, Londonderry/ DerryGUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

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.

Phone

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.

Post

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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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 54.49217
  • Longitude: -6.429744

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