Derby has great appeal for visitors seeking tradition and pristine character. In the shadow of the ornate cathedral tower is a wonderful multicultural city with an abundance of entertainment, attractions, parks and shops. Derby is ideal for those looking for a short vacation, whatever their needs.
Derby is a busy industrial city, home to the famous Royal Crown Derby porcelain. The Derby is located on the west bank of the River Derwent, near its meeting with the River Trent. Nestled in the beautiful rolling Derbyshire countryside, it is an ideal base for touring the area and exploring the Derbyshire Dales and the Peak District National Park.
Derby Cathedral – Medieval Tower is the second tallest in England at 212 feet; It rings regularly and is the oldest of the ten bells in the world. James Gibbs designed the exquisite classic cymbal in gold and white in the early 18th century. Features include a wrought iron display by Robert Bakewell, the elaborate Bess of Hardwicke monument, and St. Catherine’s Church.
Derby Museum and Art Gallery – The museum, which has an exhibition dedicated to the ceramic industry, also displays natural history, Egyptian mummies, and military history. In the City History section, you’ll see the Bonny Prince Charlie’s Room, with wood paneling taken from Exeter House, where the prince resided in 1745. The Art Gallery contains a collection on the work of local artist Joseph Wright.
Beckford House – This is one of the impressive Georgian Derby houses, built in the 1770s by local designer Joseph Pickford. In the beautifully decorated rooms, you will find scenes from local Georgian life and historical fashion shows.
Derby Heritage Center – This attractive timber-framed building houses a wealth of local historical information, including photo and book displays.
Derby Industrial Museum – Housed in England’s first factory building, the 18th century silk factory. Here you can learn about the history of the railways, coal mines, and Rolls-Royce air engines. There is also a wide variety of changing exhibits.
Derby is not just about offering all the activities associated with a big city, but also activities related to life in rural England. You can shop till you drop or enjoy the local countryside and historic sights. Tourist trails are available so you can make the most of any walking or cycling tour you want to take.
Shop at a traditional department store established in 1864, or at one of the High Street’s better-known names in the modern indoor mall, and explore the Victorian Market Hall and Colorful Artisan Market.
Eat at one of the specialty restaurants, cafes or cafes that Derby has to offer. Evening entertainment in the city can range from a visit to a movie theater or theater to live music at one of the many wine bars and clubs.
Take the Kedleston Lanes bike path that begins and ends at Riverside Gardens next to Council House in Derby. The trail takes you through the trails northwest of Derby and visits the towns of Kirk Langley, Weston Underwood, and Quarendon. Unfortunately this route is not suitable for young families or inexperienced cyclists.
Discover the beauty and heritage of the River Derwent in Derbyshire by following the Derwent Valley Heritage Trail. Total distance is 55 miles, but can be considered a long hike or series of short trails. Derwent Valley Heritage Trail is marked with yellow and purple discs.
Allestree Park dates back to the late 18th century when the current hall was built. The park remains a local nature reserve due to its wide variety of wildlife habitats. The nature trail follows a reasonably straight straight path around the bottom of the park and the lakefront. The trail is just over 1.5 miles long and should take about an hour and a half to complete.
Food and drink:
Derby offers an excellent selection of restaurants where you can sample traditional and international cuisine for all tastes and pockets. There are also many trendy cafes and bars, many of which offer live entertainment in the evenings.
Known as the ‘real beer’ capital of the UK, the city is home to a great selection of traditional pubs, along with annual summer and winter beer festivals in the gathering rooms.
The White Derby occupies an important position in the Old Blacksmiths Yard. White revolutionized Derby’s late-night dining scene with its unique combination of great food and drink, luxurious interior design, and flawless service.