Tower Museum
Tower Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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A museum explaining the political conflict that has shaped the city and the country: a must for those unfamiliar with Northern Ireland's war-torn past.
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  • Sue H
    Denver, Colorado1,494 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a gem of a museum!
    What a fantastic museum! We thought we'd spend about an hour here and ended up spending 3. This museum is full of the history of Derry, and more broadly, the history of Northern Ireland. I found it very compelling and I learned a lot. The museum staff were exceptional. The gentleman took quite a bit of time to explain some interesting facts about Derry and was happy to answer all of our questions. He was a most pleasant fellow. The woman who took care of our purchase was very friendly as well. The museum did an excellent job of explaining the Plantation. There were many displays that came on when a sensor knew people were in the room. I think there is enough here for both kids (especially the very early history of the area) and adults (provided you like museums) to keep the family happy for several hours. The cost is extremely reasonable, the museum well done, and the staff helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 10, 2023
  • michelle h
    Virginia Beach, Virginia63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Museum that really tells the story of Derry/Londonderry from beginning to today
    Beautifully organized museum that tells the story of Derry/Londonderry and surrounding region comprehensively through exhibits, videos, and other media. We only went because it was raining and windy outside, and ended up spending almost two, fascinating hours. One of our favorite stops of a two-week NI trip.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 17, 2023
  • Tara G
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent visit to Tower Museum
    We visited this museum while on a trip to Derry. It’s very appealing looking from the outside with its tower. It’s just inside the wall, near the Guildhall. There’s great views of the city from the roof. There’s an excellent exhibition on the Spanish Armada. My children really enjoyed the kids’ areas - planning a town, building bridges and dressing up.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 25, 2023
  • TheMarshal84
    Liverpool, United Kingdom445 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect for a rainy Day
    The history of Ulster is a long and complicated thing, and for many outside the Island of Irland, this is a lot to take in when visiting Derry/Londonderry. This is why anyone who wants to know some of the issues in history, still affecting the six countries, you could do worse than visiting this impressive castle. Located close to Foyle Street Buscentre, and across the road from the impressive Guildhall, the museum tells the story of the complicated history of Anglo-Irish relations across 800 years. The informative, interactive, and tactile displays are great for all ages. The staff were really helpful and friendly and the museum was a pleasant place to visit. Open Daily 10 am–4:30 pm, at a reasonable price for Adults at £4.00, Concession Rate - £2.40. Worth 2 hours of your time, not least on a wet and windy day.
    Hi David we are glad that you have enjoyed your visit to the museum we hope that you visit again soon
    Written November 13, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 16, 2023
  • neighbours455
    87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum
    Fabulous place to view the Derry girls exhibition and the history of Derry. Small minimal fee of £4, and worth every penny of it. So much information about the city of Derry, finishing off with an audio-visual on the city in recent years. Worth a visit. Staff up for taking photos too.
    Thanks for the review we are glad that you have enjoyed your visit to the museum
    Written November 13, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 29, 2023
  • JD
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic informative day.
    Staff really friendly. Excellent value for money for family ticket. Enjoyed every minute of the experience from the Derry girls exhibition, the history of Derry and Ireland, the Spanish Armada and the dress up costumes for children.
    Hi thanks for the review we aim to deliver so that the whole family enjoys the visit
    Written November 13, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Solotravellerxx40
    Chippenham, United Kingdom136 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a joy! Just wished we'd had more time!
    What a joy! We started with the temporary Derry Girls exhibition, and we spent most of this time laughing and remembering all the laughs. Excellent! Then we moved onto the main museum, the history of Derry. So informative and provoked a great discussion amongst us. Slightly disappointed that the modern day( past century) was so sparse. Unfortunately we didn't have time to visit the Spanish Armada exhibition. We had not planned to spend 3 hours there, but the time flew and we had to leave for another engagement. Well worth the little amount we paid to get it.
    Hi thanks for the review, I hope that you visit the Armada exhibition the next time you are here as it is very interesting and we have received great feedback about it
    Written November 13, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 6, 2023
  • Katy B
    United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous Derry Girls Exhibition
    The staff were helpful in letting me know what was on at The Tower Museum while I was there. There is a lot to see at this museum; in particular, there's an absolute wealth of information on the history of Derry here, both recent & ancient. I had limited time to spare so only touched the surface of the Derry history exhibition. My main reason for the visit was the Derry Girls exhibition; I loved this! It put a smile on my face seeing props & costumes & seeing snippets of the tv series as I wandered around. Would recommend to any Derry Girls fans.
    Hi thanks for your review we are glad that you have enjoyed you visit
    Written November 13, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 5, 2023
  • shacambray
    Adelaide, Australia43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Museum and Great Value
    Excellent museum. We didn’t really know what to expect but really enjoyed our visit. The museum explores the history of Derry, the discovery of the shipwreck, good view from level 5 and had an excellent Derry Girl exhibition. We also thought good value, it was £10 for the 3 of us.
    Hi many thanks for your review we are glad that you have enjoyed your visit
    Written November 13, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 2, 2023
  • Mike J
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent museum
    Wonderful museum near the visit Derry centre. Very informative and of course the Derry girls experience. Lots of short videos explaining the complicated history of the city. Extremely friendly staff. Also reasonably priced. 100% worth every penny!
    Hi thank you for your review we hope you visit again
    Written November 13, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 3, 2023
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IrishRosie
Carvajal20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
Had a great tour around the Tower.
Full of history and artefacts from the city, some of which were uncovered during the time of "The Troubles".
All on one floor and lots of audio visual screens where you can sit and watch the films being shown.
Written March 8, 2020
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Sue H
Denver, CO1,494 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
What a fantastic museum! We thought we'd spend about an hour here and ended up spending 3. This museum is full of the history of Derry, and more broadly, the history of Northern Ireland. I found it very compelling and I learned a lot. The museum staff were exceptional. The gentleman took quite a bit of time to explain some interesting facts about Derry and was happy to answer all of our questions. He was a most pleasant fellow. The woman who took care of our purchase was very friendly as well.

The museum did an excellent job of explaining the Plantation. There were many displays that came on when a sensor knew people were in the room. I think there is enough here for both kids (especially the very early history of the area) and adults (provided you like museums) to keep the family happy for several hours.

The cost is extremely reasonable, the museum well done, and the staff helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly.
Written April 10, 2023
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TheMarshal84
Liverpool, UK445 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
The history of Ulster is a long and complicated thing, and for many outside the Island of Irland, this is a lot to take in when visiting Derry/Londonderry. This is why anyone who wants to know some of the issues in history, still affecting the six countries, you could do worse than visiting this impressive castle. Located close to Foyle Street Buscentre, and across the road from the impressive Guildhall, the museum tells the story of the complicated history of Anglo-Irish relations across 800 years. The informative, interactive, and tactile displays are great for all ages. The staff were really helpful and friendly and the museum was a pleasant place to visit. Open Daily 10 am–4:30 pm, at a reasonable price for Adults at £4.00, Concession Rate - £2.40. Worth 2 hours of your time, not least on a wet and windy day.
Written July 16, 2023
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Hi David we are glad that you have enjoyed your visit to the museum we hope that you visit again soon
Written November 13, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

michelle h
Virginia Beach, VA63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Beautifully organized museum that tells the story of Derry/Londonderry and surrounding region comprehensively through exhibits, videos, and other media. We only went because it was raining and windy outside, and ended up spending almost two, fascinating hours. One of our favorite stops of a two-week NI trip.
Written April 17, 2023
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theis
Belfast, UK915 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Visited to see the Peace Heroines exhibit, also went around the main Story of Derry and La Trinidad Valencera exhibitions.

You need a fair bit of time to do these justice, there’s lots to read and loads of audios visual items. Each exhibition was well presented and very informative. At the end there is an interactive room for children which looked very entertaining and educational.

There are super views from the top of the tower which you access on route to the La Trinidad Valencera exhibition.

There is also an item on the Spitfire which was excavated in 2011 as part of the BBC dog for WWII programme.

There is an entrance fee, but the value for money is well worth it.
Written January 23, 2023
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NDMEdinburgh
Edinburgh, UK383 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
This was far more comprehensive than I expected and arranged very well, with a number of videos as you work your way around. Sets the City in the multiple historical contexts and you can spend a couple of hours (and I’m usually not a long stayer in a museum)
We visited after going on the City Walking tour and getting this discount.
Worth going to the top floor after and onto the roof space for the views, then working your way done the floors on the Spanish Armada wreck - all news to me that they sailed round here!
A class museum with clearly a lot spent on it to position it’s knowledge well.
Written September 16, 2021
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Newryoneisback
Newry, UK1,887 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
What a fascinating place just across from the Guild Hall. We saw three fabulous exhibitions for the princely sum of £2.40 each.

The first exhibition, the tv comedy Derry Girls - which has taken the world by storm - and even had Ms Chelsea Clinton in a cameo role. And the line 'Protestants don't like Abba' that made me laugh aloud. Oh I've never met anybody who doesn't like ABBA.

Exhibition 2 The history of Derry from Stone Age about 10,000 years ago to date including a documentary film.

Exhibition 3 An Armada shipwreck with cannon and weapons recovered from the wreckage. It's a few hours to do the exhibitions seriously and the staff like all the citizens of this scarred city of survivors are so damn friendly and genuinely warm.

Of course I recommend it like I recommend staying in this city for at least 3 nights.
Written February 27, 2024
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Meic-Dali
Europe35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Upon entering the museum, the best thing to do is take the lift/elevator to the 5th floor rooftop. There you will find some seriously impressive panoramic views of the walled City of Derry and the River Foyle.
As you descend, you will find an exhibition that covers the history and drama of the shipwreck of the Spanish Armada’s fourth largest ship, La Trinidad Valencera in 1588. Discovered by the Derry Sub Aqua Club in 1971.
On the ground-floor, the main exhibition focuses on the colourful and dramatic 'Story of Derry' from pre-history to present times.
Not a boring moment during our visit; informative, interesting, well laid out and totally engaging.
Written September 3, 2022
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Alan C
Kildare, Ireland188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Located right in the middle of the city, beside the walls and opposite the guildhall, the building itself is impressive but the exhibits and the museum Itself is very good. 2 pounds in, clean, friendly staff and well laid out with excellent displays and content. Gives you a great insight to the city’s history.
Written August 4, 2020
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK9,547 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This is a lovely little museum with the expected history of Londonderry through the ages. It has stuff for all ages but in some ways was a bit too teachy without enough of the personal anecdotes (although I loved the one about the butter smuggler having to stand in the sun!) to make it truly engaging.
The information about the shipwreck of the Spanish galleon was fascinating and the guns amazingly impressive. The views from the roof terrace were good although I don't think it was actually signposted unless you knew it was there. Friendly and helpful staff and a bargain entry cost.
Written August 5, 2021
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