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Derby is a little city with a big heritage situated in a great central location for a driving holiday. Surrounded by thriving cities like Birmingham, Nottingham and Manchester, it is also within easy reach of the glorious hills of the Peak District. Venture out by hire car in Derby and adventure is there for the taking.
Just 14 miles from East Midlands Airport, or 50 miles from Manchester Airport, Derby is easy to get to.
There are direct trains to and from London that take about two hours, and its situation just off the M1 means getting there by car is hassle-free.
Among the big names brands offering a rental car in Derby are Europcar, Hertz and Enterprise. Book in advance or visit one of the car rental desks at East Midlands Airport.
On the outskirts of Derby is Donington Park, home of the British Motorcycle Grand Prix. There are regular events at the circuit, including superbike and touring car championships. For a family fun day out you could also try Alton Towers, a theme park 25 miles from Derby with some truly hair-raising rides.
Head out of town and Birmingham is about 50 miles away, or an hour’s drive. The city is well known for its shopping, either at the Bull Ring, resplendent in blue and silver, or at The Mailbox, an upscale shopping and leisure destination with a Harvey Nichols store. And while in town, take the chance to enjoy some football. Birmingham City and Aston Villa both call the city their home. A 40-minute drive up the M1 from Derby and you reach Leicester, a vibrant university city. It is home to the National Space Centre and the new tomb of Richard III. The Plantagenet king died at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, but his remains were discovered buried beneath a car park in Leicester in 2012.
The city of Nottingham is 14 miles east of Derby, and is rich with museums and attractions. Try the Nottingham Industrial Museum at Wollaton Hall, a three-mile drive from the city centre up the A52. It has it all, from steam engines to lace making, but it is only open at weekends. Strutts North Mill in Belper, Derbyshire, also explores the region’s textile heritage. The old industrial building is one of the oldest examples of a water powered cotton-spinning mill.
These journeys mainly use dual carriageways and motorways, all of which are well signposted and easy to follow. All UK standard driving laws apply. Children will require a car seat until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall.
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