DerryBlueBadgeGuide.com is one of the fastest growing tour guiding companies in Ireland. The company is run by Michael Cooper, the first and only Blue Badge tourist Guide in Derry City (the Blue Badge is the highest accreditation in tour guiding). Michael and his team of fully qualified guides offer walking, taxi and coach tours of Derry City and the entire north of Ireland.
Michael is a former employee of Derry Visitor & Convention Bureau, the key tourism agency in Ireland's northwest. He is also a triple graduate from the University of Ulster with qualifications including Bachelor and Masters degrees in Irish History & Politics, which ensure tours, can be designed covering any aspect of Irish history.
In 2006 Michael established derrybluebadgeguide.com, which has grown to become one of the largest tour guiding companies in Ireland. The company has won the TripAdvisor excellence award for three years running and delivers tours for a number of tour operators including Abbey Tours, Glenton, Miki Travel and many more.
As well as his work in tour guiding, Michael is also an elected representative on the city council in Derry and a heritage officer with the Gasyard Trust with responsibility for the development of a number of heritage exhibitions in Derry. Since 2008 he has published three books covering the history of political prisoners in the north of Ireland 'The Prison Story', the social history of the Bogside 'Columba to Conflict' and the chronology of the peace process from both republican and loyalist perspectives €'Your Process or Mine', all of which are available to purchase by visitors and school groups studying Irish history and politics.
Tours covering all aspects of the North's recent 'Troubles' and peace process are a speciality, covering topics such as the outbreak of the Troubles in 1968, the Battle of the Bogside, internment, Bloody Sunday, the 1981 Hunger Strikes and the developing peace process. These tours cover areas such as the Bogside in Derry, west Belfast and south Armagh and are available for both visitors and schools and colleges studying the conflict.
As well as the political tours Michael also offers detailed general tours of Derry, including the world famous 17th century Derry Walls. The only intact walled city in Britain and Ireland, they were the largest single project during the 17th century Ulster plantation and were famously defended during the 'Siege of Derry' of 1688/9. General tours of Derry also cover Christian history, World War II and the story of emigration. Michael can also assist those interested in doing genealogical research during their visit to Ireland. All of the above are available as either walking tours, by coach or also as taxi tours in our fully insured private hire vehicles.
derrybluebadgeguide.com also offers both full and half-day tours of all regions of the north of Ireland by coach or taxi tour. Popular areas include Belfast, the Giants Causeway coast (including Bushmills distillery, the Mussenden Temple, Dunluce castle and the Carrick-a-Rede ropebridge), the Antrim Glens and Donegal with a number of options on offer including the Inishowen peninsula, Donegal Highlands. South Donegal and Arranmore Island. Tours of Armagh, Fermanagh, Sligo and the Sperrins inc the Ulster American Folk Park are also a speciality. All the tour options can be viewed using the tool bar at the top of the page.
Tours are available in English, French and Irish and can also be arranged in German, Italian, Spanish and other languages on request. Michael will also be happy to assist you in designing a bespoke itinerary on request and can also assist in organising accommodation, restaurants, airport/port pick-ups and much more through his extensive contacts in the industry.
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