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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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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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Best tour of the North and Giant's Causeway

Michael gave us a great tour of Giant's Causeway and other places in the North. His knowledge of the history made the tour so interesting and fun. He gave tips to save us money... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Patricia J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Michael gave us a great tour of Giant's Causeway and other places in the North. His knowledge of the history made the tour so interesting and fun. He gave tips to save us money and avoid the tourist traps. He was also able to show us places we were familiar with as we had lived in Derry a long time... More 

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

Dear Patricia J, Thanks for your kind review on Trip Advisor, we really appreciate it. We are delighted to read that you had a great time on your tour with Michael. Michael was born in Derry and knows nearly every detail of his town - the love for his city and country is one of his deepest quality. We often... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had such a wonderful time with Michael Cooper as we experienced various parts of Ireland. From the Giant's Causeway to Belfast to Derry and all points in between. Michael is knowledgeable and can share so much information with you - without being overwhelming. It was great to ride through the countryside and hear about the history and fun facts.... More 

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

Dear travelwitch, Many thanks for your nice review, we are delighted to read that you enjoyed your tour with Michael. Michael is always very appreciated by visitors who choose Ireland for their holidays. If you would like to read some books written by Michael and know more about Derry and the Irish history, please visit our profile on issuu.com or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Michael offers a wonderful tour of Derry and the Donegal Highlands. He makes the history of the area come alive. His knowledge is vast and the delivery remarkable. I had a fascinating day and a half exploring the walled city of Derry, Glenveagh National Park and the coast and environs of Donegal. Michael kindly picked me up each day at... More 

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

Dear peggy968, Thanks for your review regarding Derry Blue Badge Guide's owner, Michael Cooper. We are happy to read you have had a great time with Michael and you have appreciated his knowledge, kindness and enthusiasm in his job. Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ and read Michael Cooper's publications on derrybluebadgeguide.com :) Hoping to see you once... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

Michael was a wonderful guide. He gave a great history of Ireland and was very good at explaining the politics of Ireland. He made it all very interesting. We saw many sights on our two hour tour. We signed our names on the peace wall. He made our visit to Belfast educational and enjoyable.

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

Hi Pizzalover245, Thanks for your kind review! We are delighted to read you have had a wonderful tour with Michael :) Michael knows very well the history of Ireland because he was born and grew up in Derry and also he obtained a BA and Master in 'Irish History and Politics'. Also he is involved in political activity to help... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

We decided to bring our students on this tour as they are doing a module on Northern Ireland as part of their Leaving Certificate history exam, and as you can imagine Derry plays a significant role in this era. It is all very well sitting in a classroom showing images and you tube clips to students but to actually see... More 

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

Dear Humphery Cushion, Thanks for your kind review. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed so much your tour with Derry Blue Badge Guide. Michael Cooper has not only lived through the Troubles but also studied Irish History and Politics during his Bac and Master. Also, he is involved in political activity for the Derry city and Strabane council.... More 

Westlake Village, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

We were very fortunate to have Michael Cooper as our guide on a recent two day trip to Northern Ireland. The first day was spent exploring the wonders of the coast-- castle ruins, seaside towns, the Carrick-a-Redde rope bridge, Giant's Causeway. Michael was able to provide information on the history and geology of the area. Day two, we concentrated on... More 

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

Dear bean_cheile, Thanks for your review. We are happy to read that you enjoyed your tour with Michael Cooper and his Derry Blue Badge Guide. If you plan to comeback Ireland and have another tour with us, please find our tours on derrybluebadgeguide.com and contact us for further information :) Kind regards, Derry Blue Badge Guide More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

We did the visit of Derry with Michael and it was really interesting. We learned lots of things about the city very quickly. Also, we are from France but our teacher decided to do the visit in English and it was really easy to understand I thought. Michael was doing very well and his accent was easy to understand, if... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Thank you very much for this guided visit, even if the weather wasn't warm. I appreciate enormously your effort and l desire to share your wide knowledge. We can see that it is your passion you are really a great guide (with a sympatical accent). I recommende everyone your supers lessons on this magnificent city. You have talent for this... More 

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

Dear Paulina, Thanks for taking a tour with Derry Blue Badge Guide. We are happy to read you enjoyed your tour with us and we absolutely agree with your words about Michael Cooper. Michael really cares about his job and loves explaining people the story of his country. Above all, Michael wants to be understandable by his listeners, that's why... More 

Aulnay-sous-Bois, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

The visit of Derry was fantastic. Michael Cooper is a very good guide! He explained us all we have to know about this beautiful city. Except the fact that it was rainning that day, it was amazing. This visit has been very interesting because our guide told us about different things that happened in Londonderry such as the story of... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Michael Cooper is such a very professional man, i completely fell in love with his accent and his knowledge. This excursion has been really fun and interesting for all of us !! except the fact that it was raining this morning. Everyone on the group seemed fascinate, the fresco mostly painted in pink that we discovered behind the wall were... More 

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