Derby has great appeal for visitors looking for tradition and unspoiled character. In the shadow of the Cathedral’s ornate tower is a large multicultural city full of entertainment venues, attractions, parks and shops. Derby is perfect for those looking for a little break, whatever their need.
Places of interest:
Derby is a vibrant industrial city, home to the famous Royal Crown Derby porcelain. Derby is located on the west bank of the River Derwent, near its meeting with the River Trent. Situated in the beautiful rolling Derbyshire countryside, it is an ideal base for touring the area, exploring the Derbyshire Dales and the Peak District National Park.
Derby Cathedral – The medieval tower is the second tallest in England at 212 feet; Its bells ring regularly and are the oldest ring of ten bells in the world. James Gibbs has designed the magnificent classic ship in gold and white since the early 18th century. Features include Robert Bakewell’s wrought iron screen, the elaborate Bess of Hardwick memorial and St Catherine’s Chapel.
Derby Museum and Art Gallery – The museum, which has a gallery dedicated to pottery crafts, also includes natural history, Egyptian mummies and military history. In the town’s history section, you’ll see the Bonny Prince Charlie Room, with wood paneling taken from Exeter House, where the prince stayed in 1745. The Art Gallery has a collection of local artist Joseph Wright’s work.
Pickford’s House – This is one of Derby’s elegant Georgian residences, built in 1770 by local designer Joseph Pickford. In the beautifully decorated halls, you will find scenes from Georgian domestic life and displays of historical costumes.
Derby Heritage Center – This quaint half-timbered building houses a wealth of local historical information, including photo exhibits and books.
Derby Industrial Museum – Housed in the first industrial building in England, an 18th century silk mill. Here you can learn about the history of the railways, coal mines, and Rolls-Royce aircraft engines. There are also a variety of temporary exhibitions.
Things to do:
Derby not only offers all the activities associated with a big city, but also those associated with life in rural England. You can shop until you drop or enjoy the local countryside and historic monuments. Tourist routes are available so that you can make the most of any walking or cycling tour you wish to undertake.
Shop at a traditional department store established in 1864 or at one of the high street’s best-known names in the modern indoor mall, explore the Victorian covered market and colorful craft market.
Eat at one of the specialty restaurants, cafes or tea shops that Derby has to offer. Evening entertainment in the city can range from visiting one of the cinemas or theaters, to live music in one of the many bars and wine clubs.
Take the Kedleston Lanes cycle path which starts and ends at Riverside Gardens near the Council House in Derby. The route takes you through the north-west alleys of Derby and visits the towns of Kirk Langley, Weston Underwood and Quarndon. Unfortunately this route is not suitable for young families or inexperienced cyclists.
Discover the beauty and heritage of Derbyshire’s River Derwent by following the Derwent Valley Heritage Way. The total distance is 55 miles, but can be considered as a long distance hike or as a series of shorter hikes. The Derwent Valley Heritage Way has been marked with small yellow and purple discs.
Allestree Park dates back to the late 18th century, when the present Hall was built. The park is preserved as a Local Nature Reserve due to its wide variety of natural habitats. A nature trail follows an easy and reasonably flat path around the park floor and lakefront. The trail is just over 1.5 miles long and should take around an hour and a half to complete.