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Derry Blue Badge Guide

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Address: 30 Norburgh Park, Derry BT48 0RQ, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: (0044) 7743175709
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Description: Michael Cooper offers fantastic guided tours of Derry and the wider north...
Michael Cooper offers fantastic guided tours of Derry and the wider north of Ireland which are great value and extremely informative. Michael Cooper is the only Blue Badge guide in Derry-the highest accreditation in the guiding industry. Michaels tours are available on foot or by private vehicle hire. He also offers step on guides for coaches whether half day, full day or all Ireland. Michael guarantees the best rates in the industry-for example a private hire tour of the Giants Causeway is only £120 for up to four people. Tour options include Derry (including the city walls and Bogside murals), the Causeway Coast (including the Giants Causeway, Bushmills Distlliery and Carrick a rede ropebridge), Glens of Antrim, Sligo, Fermanagh, Belfast, Armagh, the Sperrins as well as trips to Inishowen, the Donegal Highlands, south Donegal (including Slieve League seacliffs) Arranmore island and Dublin. Michael specialises in political tours which describe the origins and events of the conflict in the north of Ireland as well as the peace process. He is also a published historian and elected representative in the local government in Derry giving him a unique insight into the ongoing peace process and the ability to organise Q &A's with ex-prisoners and colleagues involved in the peace process negootiations.
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Very knowledgeable guides for Northern Ireland sites!

Picked up an additional day in Belfast due to weather, so arranged a tour with Michael of Giants' Causeway, Dunluce Castle and the sectarian neighborhoods of Belfast. The tour... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 10, 2015
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Sarasota, Florida
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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Picked up an additional day in Belfast due to weather, so arranged a tour with Michael of Giants' Causeway, Dunluce Castle and the sectarian neighborhoods of Belfast. The tour was probably the best of our two week plus vacation. Michael provided something interesting for everyone in our family: ghost stories for the children and political/historical background of the Northern Ireland... More 

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derrybluebadgeguide, Owner at Derry Blue Badge Guide, responded to this review

Hi Jim, Many thanks for your positive review and for choosing DerryBlueBadgeGuide for your tour, i'm really happy to hear that you enjoy so much in our guide tour and if you have some suggestion let us know so we can make them better. Thanks, Micheal More 

South Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

As Michael was busy elsewhere, he asked Christy to guide my husband and I around Derry while our cruise ship was in town. Christy picked us up in Greencastle and we drove out the Inishowen peninsula, all the while listening to Christy's personal history during The Troubles. Back in Derry, Christy showed us the Bogside Murals, guided us along the... More 

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derrybluebadgeguide, Owner at Derry Blue Badge Guide, responded to this review

Hi, Many thanks for you great review and for choosing DerryBlueBadgeGuide for you tour. I'm really happy to hear that you enjoy our tour, and if you have some suggestion please let us know, so we can improve our tour. Thanks, Micheal More 

New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Having contacted Michael Cooper, I was discourage to learn that he was already booked on the day that our ship would dock in Portrush. However, he put me in touch with Chris Kyle, who did a very good job for us. At first I had trouble corresponding with Chris, but with Michael's help, we were finally off to a good... More 

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Perth, Western Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

My wife and I joined Michael Cooper for a walk around the Walls Of Derry, at the end of May 2015. It was a very wet and windy day, but we persisted with the walk, rather than the taxi tour, because we wanted to be on the Walls. Michael's commentary was very interesting and informative and although we had to... More 

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

amazing tour of the Inishowen Peninsula and Michael, our very competent guide, made it also very interesting thanks to his knowledge. Great attention to the needs of the group!

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We spent three incredible days with Michael, first in Derry, then in the northern part of Donegal, and wrapping up on the Antrim coast. His perspective as active politician was truly unique and enhanced the experience for us, in addition to his vast knowledge of history, geography and culture. We were very happy not to drive the country roads ourselves,... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 via mobile

Very good guide, knows a lot about history of Derry and Ireland on general, very passionate. You feel like friends making a road trip around Inishowen peninsula

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Derry Blue Badge tours and our guide, Adrian, were fantastic. We did the day tour of the Donegal highlands and it was the highlight of our 2 weeks in Ireland. Adrian was a gifted storyteller and wove hundreds of years of history through the day-long tour. The sights on this tour were breathtaking and Adrian was great about slowing down... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the causeway coast. We have recommended Michael's tours to our friends and would encourage everyone to do his tours. One of us is from Derry and has studied the history of Ireland at university while the other is from Sweden. Both of us were extremely impressed with the amount of information at such a... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Michael Cooper's Museum Curator/University Professor quality tour guideship of Northern Ireland was a revelation in its thorough and penetrating insights into what has been going on in this area between Irish and English forces since the 12th century - and more…. Michael is an engaging and scrupulously helpful person who met his responsibilities with an aplomb rarely encountered and so... More 

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