The Verbal Arts Centre

The Verbal Arts Centre is an educational charity founded in 1992 and now located in the beautifully refurbished First Derry School, a listed building which occupies a prime location on the city’s walls.

The Centre’s underpinning purpose is the promotion of the language, arts, celebration of commonality and diversity, development of knowledge, understanding and excellence in creation, performance and critical practice across the verbal arts forms, together with research, publication and provision of information.

The Verbal Arts Centre has integrated within the building a number of arts and crafts pieces including works by Louis Le Brocquy and John Behan. The Centre has a number of accessible and flexible spaces for hire and is suitable for a variety of events.

Also home to Bloom's Cafe uniquely located on the historic walls of Derry. This spacious venue with its relaxed atmosphere invites visitors to take the weight off their feet and taste the quality, traditional menu.

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The Ulster History Circle have erected a Blue Plaque at this site dedicated to Playwright George Farquhar c. 1677-1707 who attended school nearby. Farquhar turned to writing after accidentally injuring a fellow actor in a sword fight. His plays proved very popular, with the best known being The Recruiting Officer and The Beaux 'Strategem.

Opening times:

Monday to Friday 09:00-17:30
Saturday 1030-14:30

We are also open evenings and weekends depending on what projects/events are taking place. These would be promoted through our website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Derry/Londonderry Tourist Information Centre
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite
  • Toilets
  • Accept Groups/Coach Parties
  • Open Mondays
  • WiFi
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