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Derby

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For other places with the same name, see Derby (disambiguation).

Derby (pronounced DAR-bee) is a city in Derbyshire, England. Purportedly the UK's most 'central' city and promoted as a base for exploring the Peak District, Derby also boasts modern shopping facilities and a number of visitor attractions in and around the surrounding area.

Understand[edit]

World Heritage Site: The Derby Industrial Museum; Silk Mill

Derby was the site of Lombe's Mill, the first fully mechanised factory in the world, built in 1721. Railway engineering starting in 1840 in Derby, and continued with the Derby Carriage and Wagon Works. The city is now the site of the UK's only remaining locomotive manufacturer. Rolls-Royce opened a car and aircraft factory in the town in 1907; today the aero-engine manufacturer is the largest engineering employer in the area. Car maker Toyota has a manufacturing and assembly plant in Burnaston, just south of Derby.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The nearest airport is 1 East Midlands Airport (EMA IATA). The Skylink Derby bus runs from the airport to Derby and is operated by Kinchbus. The Skylink service runs every 30 minutes during the daytime and hourly at other times (with a 24 hour service), and also serves Leicester.

By train[edit]

2 Derby Station has good rail links. East Midlands Trains operates express trains from London St Pancras, Leicester and Sheffield. It also runs local services to destinations including Nottingham, Matlock, Stoke-on-Trent and to parts of Lincolnshire. Crosscountry operates services to the North East, Scotland, the South West, the South Coast and the West Midlands. Train times are available from National Rail Enquiries (+44 8457 484950).

By bus[edit]

3 Derby Bus Station is served by coaches operated by National Express from around the country. The 'Comet' bus service by Trent Barton connects the city to Chesterfield while the 'Red Arrow' runs to Nottingham at very regular intervals on weekdays and weekends. The 'Transpeak' bus service by High Peak connects Derby with the Peak District and Manchester.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

Most local bus services are operated by Arriva and Trent Barton. See the Derbyshire County Council public transport website for timetables and information for all buses. Though be warned, public transport in the city is not particularly good value, especially compared to similar cities.

There are two park and ride services running from Meteor Centre in the north and Pride Park in the east.

On foot[edit]

Derby is a compact city making it very approachable for pedestrians.

Derby walking directions can be planned on-line with the walkit.com walking route planner.

See[edit]

Derby Market Hall
  • 1 Derby Market Hall, The Market Place, DE1 2FS, +44 1332 255653. 9AM-5:30PM. This Grade-II listed building is the work of Melbourne engineer Rowland Mason Ordish, and was completed in 1866. The magnificent ironwork roof is not to be missed. There is also a fantastic range of stalls selling everything from fresh fruit and veg to mobile phones and Japanese comic books. The hall is undergoing renovation, but remains fully accessible.
  • 2 Derby Arboretum. England's first public park, deeded to the town of Derby in 1840. Derby Arboretum (Q4158699) on Wikidata Derby Arboretum on Wikipedia
  • 3 Royal Crown Derby, 194 Osmaston Road, +44 1332 712800. A factory producing fine china, part of Derby's history. Contact the factory to schedule a tour. Royal Crown Derby (Q1988714) on Wikidata Royal Crown Derby on Wikipedia
  • 4 Museum of Making (formerly the Silk Mill, and Derby Industrial Museum), Silk Mill Lane, +44 1332 255308. closed for renovations. The museum is due to open in summer 2020. Free. Derby Industrial Museum (Q839047) on Wikidata Derby Silk Mill on Wikipedia
  • 5 Derby Museum and Art Gallery, The Strand, +44 1332 716659, fax: +44 1332 716670. Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su non-4PM, Bank Holidays closed. Features collections of porcelain created in Derby since 1750. Other displays include archaeology, military history, geology and natural history. The art gallery has a large collection of paintings by Joseph Wright of Derby. Free. Derby Museum and Art Gallery (Q8012) on Wikidata Derby Museum and Art Gallery on Wikipedia
  • 6 Pickford's House, 41 Friargate, +44 1332 255363. M 11AM-5PM, Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 2-5PM, holidays 2PM-5PM. Unique museum of Georgian life and historic costume. Well worth visiting. Free. Pickford's House Museum (Q839065) on Wikidata Pickford's House Museum on Wikipedia
  • 7 Derby Cathedral, Cathedral Centre: 18-19 Iron Gate, Derby DE1 3GP, +44 1332 341201. Though not one of the most spectacular of English cathedrals (it was a "mere" parish church until 1927), the cathedral has an impressive 16th-century tower (which is occasionally open for some spectacular views across Derby); most of the rest is early Georgian, with an east-end extension in matching style completed in 1972. Highlights include a painted wrought-iron screen by the renowned local smith Robert Bakewell (1682–1751) and memorials to Bess of Hardwick, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and Florence Nightingale. Peregrine Falcons have nested on the tower for several years and volunteers are on hand with telescopes for viewing during spring and early summer (go to http://derbyperegrines.blogspot.co.uk/ for current dates). Derby Cathedral (Q2310409) on Wikidata Derby Cathedral on Wikipedia
  • 8 St Mary's Chapel, Bridge Gate. 14th-century bridge chapel, one of the oldest surviving buildings in Derby and one of the few surviving bridge chapels in England. A picturesque little building next to the River Derwent, still hosting regular services but with limited opening times otherwise.
  • 9 Derby Gaol, 50-51 Friar Gate, +44 800 027 7928. Derby Gaol (Q5261464) on Wikidata Derby Gaol on Wikipedia
Elvaston Castle
  • 10 Elvaston Castle Country Park, Borrowash Road, Elvaston. 321 acres of open parkland, woodland and more formal historical gardens surrounding a 19th-century Gothic Revival castle. Has in the last few years been lacking attention and investment. Elvaston Castle (Q5367993) on Wikidata Elvaston Castle on Wikipedia
  • 11 Kedleston Hall, near Quarndon, DE22 5JH, +44 1332 842191, . The home of the Curzon family which was constructed in 1759. This neoclassical hall had particular controversy as the Curzon's forced the village of Kedleston to relocate several miles away with the exception of the All Saints' church which stayed put. Kedleston Hall (Q2443707) on Wikidata Kedleston Hall on Wikipedia
  • 12 Banks Mill, 71 Bridge Street, DE1 3LB, +44 1332 597866, . An innovation space for creative and digital industries, with a rolling programme of exhibitions and open studio events featuring residents and members.

Do[edit]

  • Go on a ghost walk in the UK's second 'most haunted' town. For example: Derby ghost walks, Friargate and Cathedral Quarter.
  • 1 Darley Park walk. Take a walk up the Derwent to Darley Park
  • Watch football ie soccer at 2 Derby County FC, Pride Park, Royal Way DE24 8XL, +44 1332 667532. They play in the Championship, the second tier of English football. Pride Park Stadium, capacity 33,000, is off A6 at the southeast edge of town. Derby County F.C. (Q19470) on Wikidata Derby County F.C. on Wikipedia
  • 3 Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Grandstand Road. Watch a game of cricket Derbyshire County Cricket Club (Q1788018) on Wikidata Derbyshire County Cricket Club on Wikipedia
  • 4 Derby Live - Guildhall Theatre and other city centre venues, Market Place, +44 1332 255800. Music, touring theatre and other live performances
  • 5 QUAD, Market Place, +44 1332 290606. 2-screen cinema, gallery, café bar, workshop, BFI Mediatheque.
  • 6 Derby Theatre, 15 Theatre Walk, St Peter's Quarter, +44 1332 593939. In-house and touring productions Derby Theatre (Q5261517) on Wikidata Derby Theatre on Wikipedia
  • 7 Déda, Chapel Street, +44 1332 370911. Dance performances and classes, also events by other organisations
  • 8 Markeaton Park. Public park with children's playground and paddling pool, crazy golf and craft village.
  • 9 The Roundhouse (Derby College), Roundhouse Road, Pride Park. The oldest railway turning shed in the world is now a location for public and private events. Tours of the building are also available at prearranged times.

Events[edit]

  • Derby Folk Festival: 4–6 October 2019. Indoor and outdoor venues around the city centre (date needs updating)
  • Derby Book Festival - Autumn Edition: 25–27 October 2019. Events at QUAD and at Derby Museum and Art Gallery
  • Derby Film Festival: 14–17 November 2019. Based at QUAD
  • 1 Banks Mill Open Studios: 22–24 November 2019, 71 Bridge Street, DE1 3LB. Meet over 50 artists, designers, makers and creative services providers.
  • Derby Book Festival: 29 May – 6 June 2020. Various venues across the city
  • Furthest From The Sea Festival: tbc June 2020. Showcase and celebration of the diverse Derbyshire Arts Scene. In and around the Cathedral Quarter. (date needs fixing)
  • Derby Cathedral Summer Organ Recitals: July – August 2020, dates tbc. Every Wednesday. Recitals by locally-, nationally- and internationally-renowned organists (date needs fixing)
  • 2 The Hannells Darley Park Concert: 30 August 2020, Darley Park, Derby DE1 3AY +44 1332 255800 . One of the UK’s biggest outdoor classical concerts, in the natural amphitheatre of Darley Park.
  • Derby Festé: September 2020, dates tbc. Spectacular weekend of street arts events around the city centre. (date needs fixing)
  • FORMAT: 2021 dates tbc. Biennial internationally-renowned photography festival, based at QUAD, Market Place. (date needs fixing)

Learn[edit]

Buy[edit]

Sage Derby cheese
  • 1 intu Derby (formerly Westfield Derby), West Ave, DE1 2PL, +44 1332 366383. M-W 9AM-6PM, Th F 9AM-8PM, Sa 9AM-7PM, Su 10:30AM-4:30PM. Derby's main shopping centre is the £340m intu Derby, which opened as 'Westfield Derby' in October 2007 and offers a wide range of shops selling merchandise at competitive prices . As well as a state-of-the-art 12 screen Cinema De Lux, intu Derby has a spacious food court which offers a wide diversity of international cuisine as well as the usual fast food outlets. intu Derby (Q7988665) on Wikidata Intu Derby on Wikipedia
  • 2 Cathedral Quarter (near the old Market Place). Those spending time in the city should also visit the quaint streets and old market hall. Specialist shops, lush green spaces and some really comfortable bars and restaurants make the Cathedral Quarter an ideal place to relax and enjoy a good meal.
  • 3 Wyvern Retail Park, Wyvern Way, Chaddesden. On the outskirts of the town, includes Sainsbury's, Boots, Mothercare, Toys R Us, Homecare, Clark's and a number of fast food chains.
  • 4 Meteor Centre, Mansfield Road. Retail park includes Morrisons supermarket, PC World and Staples.

Eat[edit]

Derby is an excellent place to get an Indian Curry. Obviously plenty of great Fish & Chips shops, but don't miss the steak and kidney pie and mushy peas. Another local staple is a Cob - no, not the horse but a filled bread roll.

English

  • 1 The Kitchen, 47 Sadlergate. Breakfast and lunch menus.
  • 2 The Royal Oak, 55 Green Lane, Ockbrook (7km, Bus 9 every 2 hours not evenings or Sundays), +44 1332 662378. Real ale pub that serves real English food. Need to book a table to get a proper Sunday roast dinner.
Old Blacksmith's Yard, off Sadlergate

Indian

Chinese

Italian

  • 11 Antibo, 21 Midland Road.
  • 12 The European, 22 Iron Gate, +44 1332 368732.
  • 13 Dolce Salato (formerly Burley's), 32 Queen Street, +44 7428 062931. Italian cafe with hot or cold food to eat in or take away.

Japanese

Thai

Greek

Mexican

French

As with most major cities the usual chains such as Nando's, Pizza Express, Frankie & Benny's, Zizzi, La Tasca and Old Orleans are all to be found in the city!

Drink[edit]

The Dolphin

Derby's nightlife is among the safest in the country, having won multiple Purple Flags. Pub crawls are often organized by the real ale campaign, or if all night raves are your thing, Derby boasts some exciting clubs open until 4am.

The majority of bars in Derby are found on Friar Gate, Sadler Gate and Iron Gate. One of the best is Bar Lisi on Sadler Gate, which is nice and intimate.

Derby is noted for pubs serving a range of real ales and is home to about a dozen microbreweries (small breweries). A few pubs worthy of a visit within the city centre area are:

  • 1 Ye Olde Dolphin Inne, Queen Street, +44 1332 267711. Derby's oldest pub, with lots of character. The pub has several small rooms and an outside/partially-covered seating area which houses the pub's beer festivals at various intervals throughout the year. Food - at reasonable prices - is served throughout the day and the evening and there is also an à la carte restaurant upstairs, although not open every night. There is always a good range of well-kept beers. General knowledge quiz on Sundays, music quiz on Tuesdays. Ghost walks can also be booked here.
  • 2 The Flowerpot, 23-25 King Street, +44 1332 204955. This is a lively and atmospheric pub on the northern edge of the city centre that serves a wide range of real ales, including some of its own microbrewery ales.
  • 3 The Brunswick, 1 Railway Terrace, +44 1332 290677. The original microbrewery pub in Derby, near the train station in a characterful old railway building. The choice of beer on tap here has to be seen to be believed; a place not to be missed!
  • 4 The Standing Order, 28-32 Iron Gate, +44 1332 207591. Located on Irongate in a former bank, this pub has a truly impressive interior as well as a good selection of real ale. The Standing Order is a Wetherspoons pub.
  • 5 The Seven Stars, 97 King Street, +44 1332 340169. Traditional pub with real ales housed in a timber-framed building of around 1680.
The Abbey Public House
  • 6 The Abbey, Darley Street (2.5km, pleasant walk along the river), +44 1332 558297. Traditional pub in remaining building of an Augustinian Abbey
  • 7 Malt Shovel, Potter Street, Spondon (5km, frequent buses), +44 1332 674203. Traditional pub interior.

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • 1 Rangemoor Park Hotel, 67-71 Macklin Street, +44 1332 347252, fax: +44 1332 369319. Macklin Street. Standard and En-suite rooms available. Rates include breakfast and parking.

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

Derby is generally a very safe city centre but as with most cities in the UK, common sense with regard to personal safety should prevail when walking around the city late at night, particularly in some of the outlying areas.

Go next[edit]

Map of places with Wikivoyage articles nearby

  • Matlock Bath - around 45 minutes north up the A6 or Derwent Valley rail line, this spa town resembles a seaside town without the sea, due to the number of fish & chip shops and amusement arcades. Nightly illuminations each autumn. Very popular with motorcyclists.
  • Buxton & The Peak District - one of the major national parks in the UK, a beautiful area for hillwalking, mountain biking, camping, climbing etc.
  • Carsington Water for a number of water-based leisure activities, between Wirksworth and Ashbourne
  • Cromford, part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.
  • Nottingham - home of the legend of Robin Hood, nowadays a popular destination for 'city breaks' thanks to its shopping and entertainment attractions.
  • Sheffield - large city world-renowned for its steel industry and to another extent its cultural achievements, particularly in the area of popular music.
  • Discover some of the small villages south of the city such as Melbourne and Shardlow. Maybe try a pint in a country pub.
Routes through Derby
SheffieldMansfield  N UK-Motorway-M1.svg S  East Midlands AirportLeicester
Peak DistrictBelper  N UK road A6.svg SE  ShardlowEast Midlands Airport
MansfieldRipley  N UK road A38.svg SW  → Burton-upon-Trent → Birmingham
LeekAshbourne  W UK road A52.svg E  BeestonNottingham


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