- For other places with the same name, see Derby (disambiguation).
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.
Derby was the site of Lombe's Mill, the first fully mechanised factory in the world, built in 1721. This industrial heritage has is kept going today with the Derby Carriage and Wagon Works, with railway engineering starting in 1840 in the city and now the UK's only remaining train 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. Toyota also have a manufacturing and assembly plant in Burnaston just south of Derby.
The nearest airport is East Midlands Airport. 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.
Derby has good rail links. East Midlands Trains operates express trains from London (St Pancras station), Leicester and Sheffield. They also operate 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 (+448457 484950).
Coach services are operated by National Express to Derby from around the country. The 'Red Arrow' bus service by Trentbarton connects the city to Chesterfield and Nottingham at very regular intervals on weekdays and weekends. The 'Transpeak' bus service by High Peak connects Derby with the Peak District and Manchester.
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 2 park and ride services running from Meteor Centre and Pride Park.
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.
- 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 are also a fantastic range of stalls selling everything from fresh fruit and veg to mobile phones and Japanese comic books.
- Derby Arboretum. England's first public park, deeded to the town of Derby in 1840.
- 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.
- The Silk Mill, formerly Derby Industrial Museum, Silk Mill Lane, ☎ +44 1332 255308. Open Th 3-9PM, Fr-Sa 1PM-5PM, Su 11AM-3PM. 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. Free.
- Derby Museum and Art Gallery, The Strand, ☎ +44 1332 716659, fax: +44 1332 716670. Open M 11AM-5PM, Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 2PM-5PM, Holidays 2PM-5PM. The Strand. 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.
- Pickfords House, 41 Friargate, ☎ +44 1332 255363. Open M 11AM-5PM, Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 2PM-5PM, Holidays 2PM-5PM. House featuring recreated Georgian rooms. Well worth visiting. Free.
- 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 Beth of Hardwick and Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. Peregrine Falcons have nested on the tower for several years and volunteers are on hand with telescopes for viewing during spring and early summer.
- 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.
- Derby Gaol, 50-51 Friar Gate, ☎ +44 800 027 7928.
- 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.
Further information on things to see and do is available from the Derby Tourist Information Centre in the Market Place.
- Go on a ghost walk in the UK's second 'most haunted' town. For example: Derby ghost walks, Friar gate and Cathedral quater.
- Darley Park walk. Take a walk up the Derwent to Darley Park
- Derby County Football, Pride Parkway, ☎ +44 1332 667532. Watch the local football team compete in the Championship at the iPro Stadium in Pride Park.
- Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Grandstand Road. Watch a game of cricket
- Derby Live - Guildhall Theatre and other city centre venues, Market Place, ☎ +44 1332 255800. Music, touring theatre and other live performances
- QUAD, Market Place, ☎ +44 1332 290606. 2-screen cinema, gallery, café bar, workshop, BFI Mediatheque
- Derby Theatre, 15 Theatre Walk, St Peter's Quarter, ☎ +44 1332 593939. In-house and touring productions
- Déda, Chapel Street, ☎ +44 1332 370911. Dance performances and classes, also events by other organisations
- Markeaton Park. Public park with Children's playground and paddling pool, light railway, crazy golf and craft village.
- 2Q Festival 2016: 9-12 April 2016 . live music in various city centre venues
- Derby Comedy Festival: 29 April - 8 May 2016 .
- Derby Film Festival: 29 April - 8 May 2016 .
- Derby Book Festival: 3-11 June 2016 .
- Derby City Charter Summer Beer Festival: 8-12 July 2015 . Organised by CAMRA; one of the largest beer festivals in the country (date needs updating)
- The Darley Park Concert: 6 September 2015 . One of the UK’s biggest free outdoor classical concerts (date needs updating)
- Derby Festé: 23-24 September 2016 . Spectacular weekend of street arts events around the city centre
- Derby Folk Festival: 30 September - 2 October 2016 . Indoor and outdoor venues around the city centre
- Bonfire and Fireworks at Markeaton Park: 1 November 2015 . (date needs updating)
- Royal School for the Deaf, Ashbourne Road. British Sign Language
- University of Derby, Main campus: Kedleston Road, ☎ +44 1332 590500.
- 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.
- 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.
- Wyvern Way 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.
- Meteor Centre, Mansfield Road. Retail park includes Morrisons suppermarket, PC World and Stapels
Derby is an excellent place to get an India Curry. Obviously plenty of great Fish & Chips shops, but don't miss the steak and kidney pie and mushy peas. Another local stable is a Cob, no not the horse but a filled bread roll.
- Burleys, 32 Queen street, ☎ +44 1332 364333. English cafe with hot or cold food to eat in or take away
- The Kitchen, 47 Sadlergate. Breakfast and Lunch menus
- The Royal Oak, 55 Green Lane, ☎ +44 1332 662378. Real ale pub that serves real English food. Need to book a table to get a proper Sunday roast diner.
- Anoki, 129 London Road, ☎ +44 1332 292888. Voted one of the UK's Top 10 Indian restaurants by The Times.
- Basmati, 5-6 Hollybrook Way, ☎ +44 1332 523700. Indian Restauarant located in Heatherton Village
- Shalimar, 2-3 Midland Road, ☎ +44 1332 898952.
- The Mogul Restaurant, 41-43 Green Lane, ☎ +44 1332 203343.
- The Excelsior, 6-8 Becket Street, ☎ +44 1332 364907.
- Zing Vaa, 524-528 Burton Road, Littleover, ☎ +44 1332 294524.
- The New Water Margin, 72-74 Burton Road, ☎ +44 1332 290482.
- Hong Shing, 128 London Road, ☎ +44 1332 342307.
- May Sum, 9 Babington Lane, ☎ +44 1332 209888.
- Antibo, 21 Midland Road.
- Papaya Thai (Thai Boran), 50 Green Lane, ☎ +44 1332 405894.
- Thai Dusit, 8 Bold Lane, ☎ +44 1332 372016.
- Pepitos, 127 London Road, ☎ +44 1332 360663. Mexican Restaurant
- Mexico, 34-35 Sadler Gate, ☎ +44 1332 342090.
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!
Derby's nightlife is among the safest in the country, recently winning a Purple Flag, 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 four microbreweries (small breweries). A few pubs worthy of a visit within the city centre area are:
- 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.
- 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.
- The Brunswick, 1 Railway Terrace, ☎ +44 1332 290677. 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!
- 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.
- The Seven Stars, 97 King Street, ☎ +44 1332 340169. Traditional pub with real ales housed in a timber-framed building of around 1680.
- The Crompton Tavern, 46 Crompton Street (5 minutes away from the westfield shopping centre), ☎ +44 1332 733629. 14.00-23.00. offers a range of traditional real ales in a cosy and friendly environment
- The Abbey, Darley Street, ☎ +44 1332 558297. Traditional pub in remaining building of an Augustinian Abbey
- Malt Shovel, Potter Street, Spondon, ☎ +44 1332 674203. Traditional pub interior.
- Hampton by Hilton Riverlights, Riverside Walk, Morledge, ☎ +44 1332 412600.
- Rangemoor Park Hotel, 67-71 Macklin Street, ☎ +44 1332 347252, fax: +44 1332 369319. Macklin Street. Standard and En-suite rooms available. rates inc Breakfast and parking.
- Cathedral Quarter Hotel, 16 St Marys Gate, ☎ +44 1332 546080. 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.
- Jurys Inn, King Street, ☎ +44 1332 621000.
- Hallmark Hotel Derby (Midland Hotel), Midland Road, ☎ +44 1332 345894. Part of the Best Western chain of hotels. Sits opposite the Derby Mainline station.
- Holiday Inn Riverlights, Morledge, ☎ +44 8714 234917.
- The Stuart Hotel, 119 London Road, ☎ +44 1332 340633. Best Western
- Mickleover Court Hotel, Etwall Road, ☎ +44 1332 521234. Menzies Hotel
- Breadsall Priory, Moor Road, Morley, ☎ +44 1332 832235. Part of the Marriott chain of hotels. 112 rooms actually located in the 750+ year old residence.
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.
- Matlock Bath - around 45 minutes north up the A6 or Derwent Valley rail line, is a spa town and is like a seaside town without the sea due to the number of fish and chip shops and amusement arcades. 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.
- 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.