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DerbyUnited Kingdom

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

Pride Park, Derby, England, United Kingdom

Pride Park

4/5Very Good!(52 area reviews)

Pride Park is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Pride Park Stadium or Derby Arena.

Pride Park
Darley Abbey, Derby, England, United Kingdom

Darley Abbey

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

Darley Abbey might not have many top sights, but Derbyshire County Cricket Club and Derby Theatre are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Darley Abbey
Alvaston, Derby, England, United Kingdom

Alvaston

Alvaston might not have many top sights, but Pride Park Stadium and Elvaston Castle are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Alvaston

Top hotels in Derby

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
ibis budget Derby
ibis budget Derby
3 out of 5
B5008 Etwall Road, Willington, Derby, England
The price is £35 per night

Situated in Derby, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Claymills Victorian Pumping Station, University of Derby and Royal Derby Hospital. National Brewery ...

3.9/5Good! (375 reviews)
Ibis derby

"Brilliant staff .. hotel was nice and tide ..room are actuaklh a decent sise"…"

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2020

ibis budget Derby
Jurys Inn Derby
Jurys Inn Derby
4 out of 5
King Street, Derby, England
The price is £44 per night

Located in the heart of Derby, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Derby Cathedral and University of Derby. Derby Museum and Art Gallery and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (998 reviews)

"Lovely surroundings ideally situated especially if you’re kids are at Derby unl as right by students accommodation"…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Jurys Inn Derby
The Boot Inn
The Boot Inn
3.5 out of 5
12 Boot Hill, Repton, Derby, England
The price is £50 per night

Situated in Derby, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Claymills Victorian Pumping Station, National Brewery Centre and Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre. ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (95 reviews)
Carols in Repton

"Excellent as always"…"

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2019

The Boot Inn

Popular places to visit in Derby

Quad
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Quad

4/5(2 reviews)

Watch Hollywood blockbusters, browse rotating art exhibitions and create your own works of art at workshops inside a contemporary steel-and-glass building. 

Kedleston Hall
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Kedleston Hall

4.5/5(5 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Derby with a stop at Kedleston Hall. Visit the spas and lively bars in this relaxing area.

Derby Cathedral
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Derby Cathedral

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Famed for the panoramic views from its soaring clock tower, this ancient religious landmark is also home to a series of striking medieval graves. 

Elvaston Castle
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Elvaston Castle

5/5(1 review)

Take a leisurely stroll around the grounds of a stately home to admire its formal gardens, enjoy a picnic on the lush lawns and spot varied wildlife. 

Derby Museum and Art Gallery
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Derby Museum and Art Gallery

From the paintings of Joseph Wright to Roman coins and a dedication to Bonnie Prince Charlie, this museum presents a valuable insight into local history.  

Melbourne Parish Church
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Melbourne Parish Church

Sit on a pew and experience the calmness, sanctity and grandeur of a landmark that dates back to the 12th century.

Top things to do in Derby

Drayton Manor Park - Magical Christmas
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Drayton Manor Park - Magical Christmas

£20
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Nottingham
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Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Nottingham

£10
Per adult
World of Wedgwood with Luxury Afternoon Tea
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World of Wedgwood with Luxury Afternoon Tea

£80
Per adult

Reviews of Derby

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
55
5 - Excellent 19.031141868512112%
4 - Good
154
4 - Good 53.28719723183391%
3 - Okay
73
3 - Okay 25.259515570934255%
2 - Disappointing
5
2 - Disappointing 1.7301038062283738%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.6920415224913494%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

3 Feb 2020

We did visit Annie’s burger shack which was amazing

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Feb 2020

It was perfect for a Short break - shopping town centre was good. Loads of lovely dog friendly eateries - Exeter Arms lovely ambience, cosy and great food. The Silk Mill - cosy and good value meals. Farley Park for doggie was beautiful.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Jan 2020

Small university city. Very walkable place. Lots of shops and restaurants. Good transport links.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

19 Jan 2020

Didn’t visit derby

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 Dec 2019

Only came to visit family as I used to live here 25+ years ago.

4/5 - Good

Hanida

23 Dec 2019

Didn’t actually spend any time in Derby.

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