Why Derry is a safe place to visit!
Derry-Londonderry, like the rest of Northern Ireland, is a very safe place to visit
Prior to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement (peace accord) which was brokered in 1998, the city was hitting the headlines all around the world - and for all the wrong reasons.
Since then, however, the city has flourished and enjoyed something of a renaissance.
Derry was placed fourth in Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities to visit in 2013. In the same year, it was also the UK City of Culture and hosted the world's largest Irish music festival - Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.
In addition, the city is along the spectacular Causeway Coastal Route which - along with Belfast - was declared the best place in the world to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet.
The city saw some of the worst violence during The Troubles in Northern Ireland and there many visual reminders of this for tourists to explore and digest at their leisure. Today, Derry is a very different place to the dark days of conflict - it’s a place with a real spring in its step as a fantastic, world-beating tourism destination.
Derry is renowned for its warm welcome towards all visitors and that warmth will be experienced by those who walk the streets, savour the cafés and enjoy the nightlife.
As with all cities around the world, visitors are advised to be alert to their surroundings but, in the round, Derry is one of the safest places in Ireland and indeed Europe to visit for a holiday/vacation.