Derry Blue Badge Guide is one of the fastest growing tour guiding companies in Ireland. The company is run by Michael Cooper, the first 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.
Tours covering all aspects of the north’s recent ‘Troubles’ and peace process are a speciality, covering topics such as the origins of the conflict, 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.
Derrybluebadgeguide.com also offers both full and half-day tours of all regions of the north of Ireland by coach or chauffeur driven car/MPV. Let us guide you around Belfast, the Giants Causeway coastal route, the Antrim Glens and the Donegal and Sligo sections of the world famous Wild Atlantic Way touring route. 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 genealogy research, accommodation, restaurants, airport/port pick-ups and much more through his extensive contacts in the industry.
We look forward to offering you a unique, award winning guiding experience with some great Irish craic along the way.
Michael is a former employee of Derry Visitor & Convention Bureau (now VisitDerry), 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 employing an extensive team of fully accredited and insured guides from across the country. A member of the coveted Tripadvisor Hall of Fame and Viator Excellence award winner, the company offers walking, coach and private chauffeur driven guiding services across Ireland.
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. He has published a range of books focussing on local and national Irish history and politics with a particular focus on the political conflict and peace process.
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