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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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Excellent introduction to Derry past and present!

Visiting Derry with my parents who have limited mobility and was thrilled to come across the option of a taxi tour. Blue Badge Guides was not only a solution but an absolute... read more

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

Visiting Derry with my parents who have limited mobility and was thrilled to come across the option of a taxi tour. Blue Badge Guides was not only a solution but an absolute highlight of our time here and will be one of the most memorable parts of our trip. Our guide Adrian was an excellent guide, but also an amicable... More 

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Hawthorne, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a Coach Tour with Michael on 8/17. Incredible! He made the history of the area come alive, and his love for his home shines through every word. Loved that he gave such an unbiased description of the fighting and unrest that rocked Derry so badly.

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

Dear Lynda M We are delighted to read you have had a great tour with Michael and we will share your kind review with him. Michael loves his country for which he has a strong sense of identity and belonging :) During the last years he has written so many books regarding his country and town - you can read... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

We had a Coach Tour in Derry on Wednesday 17th August. Michael had sorted us out with a great guide in his place "Deidre" who was very friendly and great craic with all the passengers. The whole group throughly enjoyed her company and the various scenes of Derry. Would highly recommend!!!

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

Dear hugh_mcanulty Thanks for your kind reply, we are happy to read that you have had a great time with Derry Blue Badge Guide. Please share the pictures of your tour in Derry with us on Instagram #derrybluebadgeguide, we'll be glad to see your photos. Kind regards, Derry Blue Badge Guide More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

Thanks to Michael cooper, I've left my heart in Belfast! He gave such an amazing tour. I felt like I received 3 tours in 1. I saw things in Belfast that weren't even listed on the itinerary and we still got back to our ship on time. He knew exactly how much time we needed at each stop, so we... More 

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

Dear AnnaMoC. Thanks for spending your time to write your kind reply, it is really appreciated and we will share your nice words with Michael. Michael is not only a tour guide but also a local historian, a councillor of the Derry and Strabane District Council and a writer. His next publications will regard the connection between Derry and two... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

Excellent unbiased description of the scenes of the violence in Belfast. Michael was happy to take questions and discuss issues.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I just spent the day with our tour guide Christy. He was professional, friendly, and very knowledgeable of various locations along the Antrim coast. We will definitely tour again with Derry Blue Badge Guide again if we are ever back in Ireland! If you have the extra money, then it really is worth it to do the... More 

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

Dear reviewer, Thanks for sharing your experience with us! We are glad to hear that you have had a good experience with Cristy, who has worked at his best for yous. We will be very happy to meet you again in the future so please do not hesitate to contact us the next time you decide to comeback Ireland. If... More 

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016

I had a wonderful tour with Michael Cooper in July. I had contacted him prior to my trip to Northern Ireland. I wanted to visit Portballintrae, the town where my grandfather was born and raised. We also visited his grave in St. John the Baptist in Dunluce, Bushmills. Michael took me on the roads my grandfather would have traveled on... More 

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

Dear laural7182016, Thanks for writing your kind review. We are delighted to read your opinion about Michael Cooper and we will share this review with him. :) To read Michael Cooper's publications please visit us on Issuu.com issuu.com/derrybluebadgeguide or read Michael's publications on derrybluebadgeguide.com on the 'Michael Cooper's publications' section: derrybluebadgeguide.com/michael-coopers-books/ Please do not hesitate to contact us on derrybluebadgeguide@hotmail.com... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

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 July 14, 2016

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 

Whitestown, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

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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