Derby holds great appeal to visitors in search of unspoilt tradition and character. A multi-cultural city bursting with a wealth of entertainment venues, attractions, shopping experiences and open green spaces in one of Derby's many parks. The city offers the perfect combination of attractions for anyone looking for a short break destination or unique event venue.
The compact city centre makes exploring Derby's three museums easy, and you can also visit Royal Crown Derby, the city's oldest factory and Derby Cathedral, which boasts the second highest church tower in England.
Derby has an excellent choice of pubs, restaurants, bars, clubs and coffee shops as well as ghost walks, which are conducted on a regular basis. With a greater number of ghostly sightings than York, Derby is officially the country's spookiest city! While the many theatres and venues offer the best in musicals, contemporary and classic dramas, comedy and children's entertainment.
A ten minute drive from the city by car or public transport takes you into the Peak District. Discover the inspiring landscapes that are perfect for strolling, hiking, cycling or riding. Visit a wealth of historic houses, wander around traditional bustling towns and pretty villages and go back in time to remember our great industrial heritage.
Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3AS
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Right in the heart of Derby, QUAD is a cinema, gallery, cafe bar and workshop all in one. It provides facilities and services that connect people and businesses to art and film, creating opportunities for entertainment, education and participation. The cinema offers the best in world, Hollywood and independent films.
QUAD is also host to the BFI Mediatheque - a digital jukebox featuring an exciting and unique collection of film and television from the British Film Institute's National Archive.
18-19 Irongate, Derby
With its story going back to the 10th century, its splendid 212 feet high medieval tower, fascinating historical artefacts including Bess of Hardwick's monument, the Bakewell Screen, Joseph Wright's tombstone and much more, Derby Cathedral offers a unique visitor experience. The gift shop and coffee shop are renowned for locally made produce and gifts.
Silk Mill Lane, off Full Street, Derby, DE1 3AF
Derby Industrial Museum is on the site of one of the world's oldest factories, the Silk Mills built by George Sorocold in 1702 and 1717. The foundations and parts of the tower from the 1717 mill are still visible. Today the historic Silk Mill has become Derby's Industrial Museum, and major industrial names to which Derby owes its wealth and development are represented there.
Derby, Derbyshire, DE22 5JH
Kedlestone Hall is a classical Palladian mansion built 1759-65 for the Curzon family who had lived in the area since the 12th century. The house boasts the most complete and least-altered sequence of Robert Adam interiors in England, with the magnificent staterooms retaining their great collections of paintings and original furniture.
194 Osmaston Road, Derby, DE23 8JZ
The Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Company can trace its history back over 250 years to 1750 and over that time has achieved a worldwide reputation for beauty, quality and excellence. The Visitor Centre itself is open seven days a week throughout the year and has a museum, demonstration studio; factory shop and The Duesbury Restaurant.
Ticknall, Derby, Derbyshire, DE73 1LE
Little restored, this baroque mansion built 1701-3 and set in a stunning landscape park, contains the spectacular natural history collection of the Harpur Crewe family. The open parkland is managed for its nature conservation value and the attractive grounds feature a beautiful walled garden and an interesting collection of garden buildings, including a newly restored orangery.
The Strand, Derby, DE1 1BS.
The Museum has a new gallery dedicated to the craft of ceramics, and also has displays on natural history, Egyptian mummies and military history. In the section devoted to the town's history, you will see the Bonny Prince Charlie Room, with wood panelling taken from Exeter House where the Prince lodged in 1745.
41 Friar Gate, Derby, DE1 1DA.
The Museum is in a Grade I listed townhouse built in 1770 by the local architect Joseph Pickford as his home and work premises. The displays include room settings of the Georgian period, and a formal garden of the period lovingly recreated outside. The upper floors feature displays of toys and toy theatres, and several rooms showing some of the Museum's excellent collection of historic costumes and textiles.
Designated in 1951 and situated in central England, the Peak District was Britain's first National Park. Covering an area of around 555 square miles, it boasts high rocky crags, gentle rolling hills, pretty valleys and beautiful deep forested dales. The Peak District has long been a favourite getaway for people from the industrial towns surrounding the area, seeking good fresh air, an adventure, or a quiet refreshing day out.