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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.

Top hotels in Derby

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 €70 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan

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! (646 reviews)

".very good and very helpful given the difficult circumstances"…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2020

Radisson Blu Hotel East Midlands Airport
SACO Derby - The Mill House
SACO Derby - The Mill House
4 out of 5
The Millhouse, Brook Street, Derby, England
The price is €70 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb

Situated in Derby, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Derby Cathedral and University of Derby. Derby Museum and Art Gallery and Kedleston ...

4.2/5Excellent! (53 reviews)

"Everything was perfect apart from the toilet and shower , not very functional."…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2020

SACO Derby - The Mill House
OYO Hotel at Derby Conference Centre
OYO Hotel at Derby Conference Centre
4 out of 5
London Road, Alvaston, Derby, England
The price is €41 per night from 21 Feb to 22 Feb

Situated in Derby, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Pride Park Stadium and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from University of Derby. Derby Arena and intu Derby are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (89 reviews)

"Clean rooms friendly staff everything was perfect for our stay"…"

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2020

OYO Hotel at Derby Conference Centre
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.

Holiday Rentals in Derby

SACO Derby - The Mill House
SACO Derby - The Mill House
4 out of 5
The Millhouse, Brook Street, Derby, England
The price is €70 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb

Situated in Derby, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Derby Cathedral and University of Derby. Derby Museum and Art Gallery and Kedleston ...

4.2/5Excellent! (53 reviews)

"Everything was perfect apart from the toilet and shower , not very functional."…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2020

SACO Derby - The Mill House
Risley Hall Hotel & Spa
Risley Hall Hotel & Spa
3 out of 5
Derby Road, Risley, Derby, England
The price is €42 per night from 22 Feb to 23 Feb

Situated in a rural location, this holiday home is within 9 mi (15 km) of University of Nottingham, Theatre Royal and Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem. Old Market Square ...

3.7/5Good! (357 reviews)
Lovely Old Hotel

"It is a lovely old hotel if you like old historic properties, but they do come with old fixtures and fittings in keeping with the old. To be honest the first room I was given had no heating, radiator did not work, no bedside lamps and only one pillow! They did put me in a much better room, for which ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar 2020

Risley Hall Hotel & Spa
Grand Central Apartments
Grand Central Apartments
4 out of 5
Searl St, Derby, England

Located in the heart of Derby, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Derby Cathedral and University of Derby. Intu Derby and Derby Theatre are ...

4/5Very Good! (3 reviews)

"We had a wonderful time at this property. I booked last minute on the day of arrival and they were efficient, accommodating and flexible: I couldn’t have asked for more. The property was fab- clean, warm and cosy, and everything we needed for a family of 4. Parking - with the key fob for entry - ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2019

Grand Central Apartments
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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Reviews of Derby

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5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 19.031141868512112%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 53.28719723183391%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 25.259515570934255%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.7301038062283738%
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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.