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Derby
Travel Guide

Derby Cathedral showing night scenes, a city 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.

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 €83 per night from 9 May to 9 May
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! (653 reviews)
"A warm welcome to check in from a friendly lady. My room was very large and had all the amenities I needed. I particularly liked the entertainment where you can cast2tv from your phone, a really nice feature. The breakfast was excellent, I stayed for work during lockdown, this was the best hotel ..."

Reviewed on 9 Feb 2021

Radisson Blu Hotel East Midlands Airport
Risley Hall Hotel & Spa
Risley Hall Hotel & Spa
3 out of 5
Derby Road, Risley, Derby, England
The price is €47 per night from 9 May to 9 May
Situated in a rural location, this holiday home is within 9 mi (15 km) of University of Nottingham, intu Derby and Theatre Royal. Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem and ...
3.7/5Good! (361 reviews)
Weekend nights
"It was a welcome change to have a nice clean and relaxing room to stay in. Plenty of space. Very quiet."

Reviewed on 1 Feb 2021

Risley Hall Hotel & Spa
ibis budget Derby
ibis budget Derby
3 out of 5
B5008 Etwall Road, Willington, Derby, England
The price is €31 per night from 9 May to 9 May
Situated in Derby, this eco-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Royal Derby Hospital, University of Derby and Tutbury Castle. Intu Derby and Derbyshire ...
3.9/5Good! (416 reviews)
"Basic hotel but met all my needs excellent and value for money breakfast on offer"

Reviewed on 27 Apr 2021

ibis budget Derby
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.
Dwell City Living
Dwell City Living
4 out of 5
2-6 Alfreton Road, Nottingham, England
Located in Nottingham City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Nottingham Cathedral and Theatre Royal. Nottingham Trent University ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (10 reviews)
"The entrance of the hotel was clean and it smelt nice. The room was very clean and tidy. I loved it."

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2021

Dwell City Living
Roomzzz Nottingham City
Roomzzz Nottingham City
4 out of 5
Stanley Place, Talbot Street, Nottingham, England
The price is €64 per night from 10 May to 10 May
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
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 €47 per night from 6 Jun to 6 Jun
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 ...
3.1/5 (34 reviews)
"The facility did not match the stated standards on the photos.  It and was unsafe to stay there for my family, and we  had to leave immediately to keep our baby away from this place. On the photos it is brand new but in reality we found old apartment with mold, terrible odour of old facility (smell ..."

Reviewed on 2 Oct 2020

Showcase Apartments - Highcross House Apart Hotel
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Reviews of Derby

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4 - Good 53.28719723183391%
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3 - Okay 25.259515570934255%
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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.