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“Top-notch guide in Derry!”

Derry Blue Badge Guide
Ranked #4 of 20 Tours in Derry
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 22, 2013

Just back from a school trip to Northern Ireland with a group of 36 French students eager to discover the history of Northern Ireland and especially of Derry during the troubles. We have all- students and teachers alike- been fascinated by Michael's great knowledge of the issue and his enthusiasm. He is really friendly and has a good sense of humour! We also went to the Mussenden Temple with him and he told us the juicy side of the story, which was funny! I would recommend him without a moment of hesitation, and look forward to my next visit to Derry to meet him again. But beware of the wet weather and don't forget your umbrella! Thanks a lot Michael and see you soon!

Thank celine r
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

We did two day tour with Michael. The first day we went to Giant's causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope bridge, Dunluce castle, Mussenden Temple and Bushmills distillery and the second one we went to Belfast where we saw the Titanic museum, the University, the murals, the Parliament, the citi of Hall and more. Both tours were fabulous thanks to Michael. He was very knowledgable and friendly and he has been able to answer all our questions. Moreover he picked up us in the morning to our bed and breakfast and brought us again there at the end of the tour. Thanks Michael for everything. I would recommend you to everyone.

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Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

We did an hour cab tour and it was excellent, micheal was very knowledgable friendly and informative would recommend to all.

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Reviewed March 13, 2013

Thanks Michael for a great tour of Derry. The tour was perfectly tailored for our needs and it was great to hear your personal and professional opinions,

Thank Jon D
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

The tour of The Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Bushmills Distillery and the city of Derry was fantastic. My wife, daughter and I booked a taxi tour through Michael Cooper well in advance of arriving in Derry. Our guide was Christy, and the fact that he was born and raised in Derry and had first-hand knowledge and experience of all of the tumultuous history of Northern Ireland made him an excellent guide. We really enjoyed his stories and learned an awful lot of history that we would not have otherwise picked up.

The scenery was absolutely beautiful; the Causeway and Rope Bridge were among the top highlights of our whole tour of Ireland. Christy's knowledge of the struggles and history of Derry, and his personal stories and connection to the historical sites, Bogshead area, and cemetery in Derry made the tour an unforgettable experience.

We even booked Christy and his cab to take us through Belfast for a quick hour-long tour on our way to Dublin, and he provided us with even more history and personal stories of his interesting time as a young man during the struggles of the 80's and 90's in Northern Ireland.

All-in-all, we highly recommend MIchael Cooper's tour for anyone intending to visit the region.

Thank Dan F
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