An inviting bed and breakfast in the heart of Derry.
We reached the picturesque town of Derry in Northern Ireland during the afternoon “rush hour”, meaning that there were a few extra cars ambling about the roundabouts. Unsure of where to park our car, Ashley and I maneuvered down some narrow side streets to get out of the traffic. I called our accommodation, Bridge Bed & Breakfast, for some parking advice.
A friendly voice answered the telephone. “Welcome, girls! Keith will help you.”
Within moments, a man seemingly appeared out of nowhere by our car, parked blocks away from the hotel. He introduced himself as Keith, the general manager of Bridge B&B.
“How did you know where to find us?” I was perplexed. We were down the road and didn’t even mention where we were parked (I actually didn’t have a clue myself).
Keith may have noticed two confused girls circling around that traffic circle in front of Bridge B&B, although I’d like to think that he just knows his own town that well.
WELCOME TO BRIDGE B&B
If you’re thinking about where to stay in Derry, you won’t find a better spot than Bridge Bed and Breakfast. Not only were we warmly greeted by Keith (who kindly hopped in the car with us and helped us find a nearby parking space!), but the accommodation is owned by a local family. Liam and Ursula, along with their daughter, Lena, made our stay comfortable and memorable. In fact, they truly went above and beyond to make sure that Bridge B&B felt like a second home.
Ashley (my travel blogging travel companion) and I stayed in the largest room at Bridge B&B, a massive room with three beds. There was a couch, a desk, a seating area by the window, and a little shelf with tea cups and a kettle. You might also be able to do a few somersaults across the room, if that’s your style.
Our room had a private en suite bathroom with a shower.
Knowing that we both follow a vegan diet (and might be hungry), they bought some vegan cake from the local Derry restaurant, St. Jude Eatery. This wonderful surprise was waiting in our room for us upon our arrival. Thank you also to Checkpoint Charlie in Derry for the souvenirs.
There are several different rooms for all types of travellers, including solo wanderers, families, couples, friends, and those requiring accessible rooms.
All stays include free Wi-Fi and a complimentary breakfast. More on the breakfast soon, as that was certainly a highlight of our stay.
There’s really no way to improve on the location. Bridge B&B is right in the middle of town, and we were able to walk everywhere. We walked the fortified walls, all around town, visited the murals, and even across the bridge to a restaurant. Even though Derry is a very walkable city, the prime location of Bridge B&B made it even easier to explore by foot.
Thankfully, we had a local to show us around town – Keith, of Bridge B&B. Keith guided us around the walls and shared stories about the past and present of Derry. Walking around with a local is the best way to learn about a new and unfamiliar place. I really appreciated the details that I’d never grasp from simply reading plaques or gazing across a landscape.
I recommend waking up bright and early in the morning. You’ll have the whole place to yourself, and if you’re lucky, you might be able to witness a spectacular sunrise like we did.
While Ursula doesn’t typically have a lot of vegan guests, she went above and beyond to ensure that we enjoyed our dining experience. Ursula prepared a traditional Irish breakfast using entirely plant-based ingredients. We had vegan bacon, a tofu scramble, baked beans, mushrooms, tomatoes, porridge with fruit, and bread. Everything was very delicious.
We thoroughly loved that Ursula put so much effort into providing this authentic Irish breakfast experience while working with our dietary restrictions.
If you follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, have any food allergies, or follow any other kind of diet, please don’t hesitate to inquire in advance as I’m sure Bridge Bed and Breakfast will be able to cater to your needs.
WHERE TO STAY IN DERRY
Trust me, you’ll feel right at home at Bridge B&B. From the moment before we even officially arrived, Ashley and I were very impressed with the hospitality we received. The room was spacious, yet cozy. The breakfast was hearty and yummy, and was the perfect start to our day. And the location of this accommodation could not get any better.
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3 Dacre Terrace, Londonderry
BT48 6JU, United Kingdom
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