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.


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. 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.

Get in

By plane

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.

By train

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).

By bus

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.

Get around

By bus

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.

On foot

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

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


Derby Market Hall
Elvaston Castle

Further information on things to see and do is available from the Derby Tourist Information Centre in the Market Place.





Sage Derby cheese


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.


Old Blacksmith's Yard, off Sadlergate









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!


The Dolphin

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:

The Abbey Public House




Stay Safe

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.

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