Derby 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.

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Derby Cathedral

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 for current dates).

Ye Olde Dolphin Inne

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.

DRINK   —  +44 1332 267711 —  Queen Street

intu Derby

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.

BUY   —  Map

Cathedral Quarter Hotel

This Grade II listed hotel is home to 38 luxury bedrooms with state of the art technology along with a mini spa and treatment rooms, conference rooms, residents' bar, private dining leading from the 80 cover fine dining restaurant in the grandeur of a ballroom and not forgetting the exclusive Chef's table experience - the first of its kind in the area.

SLEEP   —  +44 1332 546080 —  16 St Marys Gate

Derby Market Hall

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.

St Mary's Chapel

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.

SEE   —  Bridge Gate

Cathedral Quarter

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.

BUY   —  Map

Derby Museum and Art Gallery

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.

SEE   —  +44 1332 716659 —  The Strand

The Silk Mill, formerly Derby Industrial Museum

Railway and industrial innovations from previous centuries are on display here. A large collection of Rolls-Royce aero-engines is displayed in the museum with displays regarding the history of the company.

The Brunswick

The original microbrewery pub in Derby, located right 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!

Elvaston Castle Country Park

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.

The Standing Order

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.

DRINK   —  +44 1332 207591 —  28-32 Iron Gate

The Flowerpot

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.

Wyvern Retail Park

On the outskirts of the town, includes Sainsbury's , Boots, Mothercare, Toys R Us, Homecare, Clark's and a number of fast food chains.

Markeaton Park

Public park with Children's playground and paddling pool, light railway, crazy golf and craft village.

DO   —  Map

The Royal Oak

Real ale pub that serves real English food. Need to book a table to get a proper Sunday roast diner.

EAT   —  +44 1332 662378 —  55 Green Lane

Breadsall Priory

Part of the Marriott chain of hotels. 112 rooms actually located in the 750+ year old residence.

Royal Crown Derby

A factory producing fine china, part of Derby's history. Contact the factory to schedule a tour.

Derby County Football

Watch the local football team compete in the Championship at the iPro Stadium in Pride Park.

Rangemoor Park Hotel

Macklin Street. Standard and En-suite rooms available. rates inc Breakfast and parking.

Hallmark Hotel Derby

Part of the Best Western chain of hotels. Sits opposite the Derby Mainline station.

SLEEP   —  +44 1332 345894 —  Midland Road

The Seven Stars

Traditional pub with real ales housed in a timber-framed building of around 1680.

DRINK   —  +44 1332 340169 —  97 King Street

The Crompton Tavern

offers a range of traditional real ales in a cosy and friendly environment

Pickford's House

Unique museum of Georgian life and historic costume. Well worth visiting.

SEE   —  +44 1332 255363 —  41 Friargate


Dance performances and classes, also events by other organisations

Derby Arboretum

England's first public park, deeded to the town of Derby in 1840.

SEE   —  Map

Meteor Centre

Retail park includes Morrisons supermarket, PC World and Staples

BUY   —  Mansfield Road


Voted one of the UK's Top 10 Indian restaurants by The Times.

The Abbey

Traditional pub in remaining building of an Augustinian Abbey

DRINK   —  +44 1332 558297 —  Darley Street


2-screen cinema, gallery, café bar, workshop, BFI Mediatheque


English cafe with hot or cold food to eat in or take away

Derby Live - Guildhall Theatre and other city centre venues

Music, touring theatre and other live performances


Indian Restauarant located in Heatherton Village

Darley Park walk

Take a walk up the Derwent to Darley Park

DO   —  Map

Derby Theatre

In-house and touring productions

The Kitchen

Breakfast and Lunch menus

EAT   —  47 Sadlergate

Malt Shovel

Traditional pub interior.

Derbyshire County Cricket Club

Watch a game of cricket

DO   —  Grandstand Road

Royal School for the Deaf

British Sign Language

OTHER   —  Ashbourne Road


Mexican Restaurant

Mickleover Court Hotel

Menzies Hotel

SLEEP   —  +44 1332 521234 —  Etwall Road

The Stuart Hotel

Best Western

SLEEP   —  +44 1332 340633 —  119 London Road


EAT   —  21 Midland Road

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