Derry is close to the Causeway Coast, a coastline with both natural and man-made attractions every few yards
Things To Do
Head to Ballyarnett Country Park near Culmore, north of Derry, to see the spot where Amelia Earheart unexpectedly landed to claim, in 1932, the record as the first woman to fly solo non-stop across the Atlantic.
Get on your bike during caravan holidays in Northern Ireland to pedal the Foyle Valley Cycle Route, connecting the city of Derry to the border towns of Lifford and Strabane. The route uses traffic-free paths and quiet country roads.
Take the 45-minute railway journey between Coleraine and Derry. It is considered one of the most beautiful railway journeys in the world as it passes along the coast, beside sand dunes and rugged cliffs.
Visit the Museum of Free Derry, a centre that encapsulates the city’s living history of The Troubles and the story of Bloody Sunday.
Enjoy the grounds of Springhill House near Moneymore. A 17th century ‘plantation’ house, home of the Conyngham family for 10 generations, the property now belongs to the National Trust. There is a significant costume collection in the property too.
Thinking of touring County Londonderry and coming from England, Scotland or Wales? Stena Line operates between Cairnryan and Belfast and Liverpool (Birkenhead) and Belfast. P&O Ferries sail to Larne from Cairnryan and Troon.
From Belfast, it’s then a fast route on the M2, M22 and A6 to Derry. An alternative from Belfast is to take the A2 coastal route through County Antrim, which provides spectacular views of Northern Ireland’s coast, but would require a stopover at some point.
Visitors travelling from south west and southern England for their caravan holidays in Northern Ireland may find it easier to use ferry routes to the Republic of Ireland and use the N2 and A5 to Derry. This is a longer drive, potentially requiring a stopover, but does allow you to see parts of the Republic of Ireland and the beautiful county of Tyrone in Northern Ireland. Stena Line has sailings between Fishguard and Rosslare, Holyhead and Dun Laoghaire, and Holyhead and Dublin. Irish Ferries operates between Holyhead and Dublin, and Pembroke and Rosslare.
Being a part of the UK, passports are not required when travelling to Northern Ireland for your caravan holidays. It is advisable, however, to have passports to hand, along with all vehicle documents, in the unlikely event of being stopped by the police.