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Derby
Travel Guide

Derby Cathedral showing a city, night scenes and heritage architecture

Once a major player in the Industrial Revolution, this English riverside city boasts centuries-old landmarks, innovative districts and a thriving real ale scene. 

Derby sits in the geographical heart of England, framed by the Derbyshire Dales and on the doorstep of the Peak District National Park. Ancient monuments, excellent museums, theaters and welcoming pubs line the streets of one of The Midlands’ most lively destinations. Derby began life as a tranquil market town and rose to prominence as a manufacturer of porcelain, silk and steam engines during the Industrial Revolution. Remnants of Roman, Saxon and Viking occupation add to a magnificent cultural heritage.

Start by hopping between historical buildings, independent retailers, malls and quirky cafés in the Cathedral Quarter. Enjoy far-reaching views from the tower of Derby Cathedral and browse art exhibitions and watch Hollywood blockbusters at Quad. Silk Mill Park is part of the 55-mile (88.5-kilometer) Derwent Valley Heritage Way, which follows the course of the River Derwent. Sample an abundance of real ales at character-filled pubs such as the almost 500-year-old Ye Olde Dolphin Inne.

At Derby Market Hall, shop for everything from craft beer, fish and meat, to crafts, flowers and vintage clothing. Don’t miss the Chapel of St. Mary’s on the Bridge, which is one of England’s last surviving bridge chapels. Admire masterpieces by Joseph Wright at Derby Museum and Art Gallery. Pickford’s House is the house museum of the Georgian and Enlightenment architect Joseph Pickford.

Enjoy daytrips to Calke Abbey, Kedleston Hall and Sudbury Hall, three National Trust-protected stately homes with stunning gardens. Even closer to the city center is the picturesque country park, nature reserve and picnic grounds of Elvaston Castle. Gear up for hiking adventures amid the pristine landscapes of Peak District National Park.

Back in the city, cheer on Derby County soccer club at Pride Park Stadium. Catch a show at Guildhall Theatre and learn about porcelain production on a factory tour at Royal Crown Derby.

Traveling in and around Derby is easy thanks to a reliable public transportation network of buses and trains. Fly to East Midlands Airport, located 15 miles (24 kilometers) to the south, or catch a train from London and arrive in under 3 hours.

Where to stay in Derby

Derby Mickleover Hotel, BW Signature Collection
Derby Mickleover Hotel, BW Signature Collection
4 out of 5
Etwall Road, Mickleover, Derby, England
The price is £62 per night from 4 Jul to 4 Jul
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 2 mi (3.1 km) from Royal Derby Hospital and within 6 miles (10 km) of University of Derby and Kedleston Hall. Derby Museum ...
4/5Very Good! (599 reviews)
"Good location for Derby. But quite a tired and musty hotel. The grounds are really unkempt. Room not serviced for entire stay. No phone or fridge in room. Had to phone external number if needed fresh towels or toilet roll."

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2021

Derby Mickleover Hotel, BW Signature Collection
The Priest House Hotel
The Priest House Hotel
4 out of 5
Park Lane Kings Mills, Castle Donington, Derby, England
The price is £79 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Situated on the riverwalk, this romantic hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Donington Park Racing Circuit, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Pride Park Stadium and Derbyshire ...
3.9/5Good! (138 reviews)
"All good but the burger"

Reviewed on 3 Nov 2020

The Priest House Hotel
Radisson Blu Hotel East Midlands Airport
Radisson Blu Hotel East Midlands Airport
4 out of 5
Herald Way, Pegasus Business Park, East Midlands Airport, Derby, England
The price is £68 per night from 25 Jun to 25 Jun
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Donington Park Racing Circuit and within 6 miles (10 km) of University of Nottingham Sutton Bonington ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (654 reviews)
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Reviewed on 30 May 2021

Radisson Blu Hotel East Midlands Airport
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Showcase Apartments - Highcross House Apart Hotel
Showcase Apartments - Highcross House Apart Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Highcross House, 125-127 Vaughan Way, Leicester, England
The price is £41 per night from 4 Jul to 4 Jul
Located in Leicester City Centre, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of St. Nicholas Church and De Montfort University. National Space Centre ...
3.2/5 (35 reviews)
Brilliant place
"Really good place staff so friendly went out there way to make things easy"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2021

Showcase Apartments - Highcross House Apart Hotel
Roomzzz Nottingham City
Roomzzz Nottingham City
4 out of 5
Stanley Place, Talbot Street, Nottingham, England
The price is £54 per night from 4 Jul to 4 Jul
Located in Nottingham City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Alea Nottingham and Theatre Royal. Nottingham Trent University and Lace Market ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (565 reviews)
Excellent stay.
"Excellent welcome from staff and very Covid safe. Room was fabulous."

Reviewed on 5 Nov 2020

Roomzzz Nottingham City
Dwell City Living
Dwell City Living
4 out of 5
2-6 Alfreton Road, Nottingham, England
The price is £85 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Located in Nottingham City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Nottingham Cathedral and Theatre Royal. Nottingham Trent University ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
"Really nice and modern place with a decent price, considering all the other alternatives in the city."

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2021

Dwell City Living
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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