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Derby
Travel Guide

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

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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $113 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Donington Park Racing Circuit and within 6 mi (10 km) of University of Nottingham Sutton Bonington ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (651 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 Feb 9, 2021

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 $87 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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 Mar 22, 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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $48 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (90 reviews)
Excellent choice for me

"Excellent"…"

Reviewed on Nov 13, 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.

Vacation 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 $87 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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 Mar 22, 2020

SACO Derby - The Mill House
Risley Hall Hotel & Spa
Risley Hall Hotel & Spa
3 out of 5
Derby Road, Risley, Derby, England

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

3.7/5Good! (360 reviews)
Interesting

"Amazing room and setting, very comfy and cosy. Only downside is there is no hot water so had to use kettle to boil water to wash"…"

Reviewed on Nov 19, 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 Apr 19, 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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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 7, 2019

Intu Derby shopping mall is really convenient; one can find all the typical English shops, marts... For me the closing time is really early, 7pm, the two nights I spent there weren't enough to hit the mall early enough to shop well.

3/5 - Okay

VD

Sep 27, 2019

Derby is a smaller quiet industrial looking town, however, the Breadsall Priory Marriott Hotel was a very pleasant surprise. Another surprise was the restaurant called Seven in town. Very good food and atmosphere!

4/5 - Good

Bigmk

Jul 12, 2019

It was a lovely area although the city center was very dead that night compared to the other country village towns we had visited which was surprising because there was a beer festival going on.

3/5 - Okay

Gee

Jun 28, 2019

Art museum was great, some nice places to eat, not a bad side trip.

5/5 - Excellent

K.Keating

Jun 4, 2019

Derby is not a tourist packed English experience like London. It’s a good way to experience the county in a local way with the convenience of a city. Transportation is everywhere and lots to eat and do in a very short walking distance.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 17, 2019

Skylark bus drivers were rude and impatient

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