A look inside Visit Derry’s new tourist information centre3 min read
Visit Derry’s new tourist information centre opened last year and has been a huge success with tourists and visitors to the city.
Visitors can enjoy interactive maps and videos explaining Derry history, as well as displays of iconic cultural scenes including Halloween and the region’s music scene.
The new Visit Derry centre is full of details that make it extraordinary. Tourists can sit on a peace bridge themed bench facing a map of the Northwest, perfect for travellers with a car looking to search further afield.
The Pickled Duck café have taken residence inside the Visit Derry centre and tourists can take their time in the centre, enjoying all it has to offer alongside a cup of tea.
In the middle of the centre is an oak tree feature, from floor to ceiling, explaining the history of Derry’s name meaning ‘oak grove’.
The Visit Derry tourist information centre is almost like a museum in itself. It takes pride in the history it displays.
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The centre has a video section dedicated to Amelia Earhart’s landing in Derry, one of Derry’s lesser told stories. The centre is one any city would be proud to find in its heart and is a must visit for tourists and locals alike.
Chief executive of Visit Derry Odhran Dunne said: “The Visitor Information Centre opened last year as a new orientation hub for locals and visitors to the Walled City to easily access information on everything the city and wider region has to offer.
“Located in the heart of the city at Waterloo Place, adjacent to the historic City Walls, the Visitor Information Centre offers a range of trip-planning services including expert advice, digital information kiosks, an interactive map and video wall, tickets for tours and transport, public toilets, gift shop, grab and go facility and a unique Amelia Earhart animation experience.
“We have also recently launched the new Visit Derry Pass an integrated ticket which is a must for those wishing to explore the city in depth.
“The Visitor Information Centre is open 7 days a week and we look forward to welcoming more local people and staycationers through our doors throughout our first summer of opening as we help them discover what is right on their doorstep and assist itinerary planning”.
Funding for the project was provided by Tourism NI, the Department for Communities, the Department for the Economy and Derry City and Strabane District Council.
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