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Derby [5] is in Derbyshire county, England.

For other places with the same name, see Derby (disambiguation).

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Derby is around 1/2 hour from East Midlands Airport, which has regular connections to European cities, predominately by Ryanair. From the airport you can take the Skylink bus to Derby, or the free shuttle bus to East Midlands parkway train station, which has direct trains into Derby.

By Train[edit]

Derby is on the Midland main line, with trains from London St Pancras and Sheffield, as well as Nottingham via East Midlands Trains, trains from Bristol, Birmingham New Street and Burton upon Trent via Crosscountry, and from Stoke and Crewe on the Derby-Crewe line. Derby train station is a 5 minute walk from the city centre and bus station.

By Bus[edit]

Trent Barton runs buses to Nottingham (every 10 mins on weekdays), Manchester and Burton. National express run coaches from Manchester, London, Leeds, Birmingham and the South West to Derby.

By Car[edit]

The main routes into Derby are the A38 from Sheffield/Burton/Birmingham, the A52 from Nottingham/M1 and the A50 from Stoke/M1. Parking is in good supply around the city, but expensive. A cheaper alternative is the Park and Ride from the Meteor centre in the north of the city, this is signposted from the A38.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

Most local bus services are operated by Arriva(Buses within Derby and from the Suburbs into the centre) and Trent Barton(Buses from outside the city centre). See the East Midlands traveline website for timetables and information for all buses. Derby has a modern bus station, located a reasonable distance from the centre and Westfield Centre, where the more important services and National Express Coaches arrive, but some buses arrive on the market place, a 5min walk down the road

On foot[edit]

Derby is a compact city making it very approachable for pedestrians. Derby walking directions can be planned online with the [6] walking route planner.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Derby Market Hall, The Market Place, DE1 2FS, 01332 255653, [1]. 9.00am-5.30pm. This Grade-II listed[2] building is the work of Melbourne engineer, Rowland Mason Ordish, and was completed in 1866. The magnificent ironwork roof is not to be missed. There is also a fantastic range of stalls selling everything from fresh fruit and veg to mobile phones and Japanese comic books. (52.92297,-1.476556) edit
  • Derby Arboretum, [7]. England's first public park, deeded to the town of Derby in 1840.
  • Royal Crown Derby, 194 Osmaston Road, 01332 712800. A factory producing fine china, part of Derby's history. Contact the factory to schedule a tour.
  • The Silk Mill, formerly Derby Industrial Museum (currently closed), [8]. The building is on the site of Britain's first factory and part of the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site. The museum in the building is currently closed following council spending cuts.
  • Derby Museum and Art Gallery, The Strand, 01332 716659, fax 01332 716670, [9]. Open M 11am-5pm, Tu-Sa 10am-5pm, Su 2pm-5pm, Holidays 2pm-5pm. Free admission. Features collections of porcelain created in Derby since 1750. Other displays include archaeology, military history, geology and natural history. The art gallery has a large collection of paintings by Joseph Wright of Derby.
  • Pickfords House, 41 Friargate, 01332 255363, [10]. Open M 11am-5pm, Tu-Sa 10am-5pm, Su 2pm-5pm, Holidays 2pm-5pm. Free admission. House featuring recreated Georgian rooms. Well worth visiting.
  • Derby Cathedral[11] . Though not one of the most spectacular of English cathedrals (it was a "mere" parish church until 1927), the cathedral has an impressive 16th-century tower (which can be climbed) and the rest is early Georgian. Highlights include a painted wrought-iron screen by the renowned local smith Robert Bakewell (1682–1751) and memorials to Beth of Hardwick and Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. Peregrine Falcons have nested on the tower for several years and volunteers are on hand with telescopes for viewing during spring and early summer.
  • St Mary's Chapel, Bridge Gate. 14th-century bridge chapel, one of the oldest surviving buildings in Derby and one of the few surviving bridge chapels in England. A picturesque little building next to the River Derwent, still hosting regular services but with limited opening times otherwise (see Cathedral website).

Further information on things to see and do is available from the Derby Tourist Information Centre in the Market Place.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Go on a ghost walk in the UK's 2nd most haunted town!
  • Don't forget to take a look around the Cathedral, which occasionally opens the tower for some spectacular views across Derby.
  • Take a walk up the Derwent to Darley Park
  • Watch the local football team, Derby County, compete in the Coca Cola Championship at Pride Park Stadium.
  • Watch a film at the Quad, an amazing cinema and Arts centre located on the Market Place, with tickets at £7.60.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Derby's main shopping centre is the £340m Westfield Derby, which opened in October 2007 and offers a wide range of shops selling merchandise at competitive prices . As well as a state-of-the-art 12 screen cinema de lux, Westfield Derby has a spacious food court which offers a wide diversity of international cuisine as well as the usual fast food outlets(such as KFC and Burger King).

Don't forget to visit the quaint Cathedral Quarter, near the old Market Place. Specialist shops, lush green spaces and some really comfortable bars and restaurants make the Cathedral Quarter an ideal place to relax and enjoy a good meal. Check out the Cathedral Quarter website for details of shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs and special events

Eat[edit][add listing]


  • Burleys - 32 Queen street - English cafe with hot or cold food to eat in or take away. 01332 364333


  • Shahensha - great Indian diner with very reasonable prices - Pear Tree Road
  • Nalas South Indian - Dosa, Tali, Tiffin etc plus traditional South Indian fish curries - Monk Street
  • Buddha Bar - Lounge and Restaurant - Great Indian Food as well as bits of other courses.
  • Anoki - Indian Restaurant located on London Road. Voted one of the UK's Top 10 Indian restaurants by The Times.
  • Eastern Tandoori – 17 Curzon St, Derby Tel.01332 380083 – Authentic & reasonably priced.
  • Basmati - Indian Restauarant located in Heatherton Village.
  • Shalimar - 2-3 Midland Road
  • Masala Art - 6 Midland Road
  • The Mogul Restaurant - 41-43 Green Lane
  • Melbourne Arms Cuisine India - 92 Ashby Road, Melbourne. Located just outside Derby, however the curries here are delicious, and look out for the Sunday buffet too.
  • Sunrise Tandoori - 11-13 Curzon Street
  • Zaytoun - 278-282 Normanton Road
  • Jewel of India - Uttoxeter Road


  • The Excelsior - Becket Street
  • Zing Vaa - 524-528 Burton Road, Littleover
  • The Watermargin - 72-74 Burton Road
  • Hong Shing - 128 London Road
  • May Sum - 9 Babington Lane
  • The Shing Do - 27 Wardwick
  • The Peninsula - 54 Friar Gate
  • Wokmania - Chinese buffet on the Wardwick, a converted church!


  • Cucina - great little family run Italian - Green Lane
  • The European - lovely old building overlooking the cathedral - Irongate
  • Antibo - 21 Midland Road
  • Bistango - 40 St. Peter's Churchyard


  • Ebi Sushi - hidden gem, set up for the Toyota workers. The real deal. Abbey St
  • MoonSha - 4 Friary Street - 01332343288 -


  • Goji - 9-11 Bold Lane
  • Little Siam - 10 Friar Gate
  • The Thai Boran - 56 Green Lane
  • Thai Dusit - 8 Bold Lane
  • Siam Corner - The Spot Chambers; 43-53 Osmaston Road

Spanish and Tapas

  • Lorentes - Spanish Tapas Bar in the City Centre - Friargate -
  • El Toro - Spanish restaurant and Tapas on London Road.


  • Stelianas & Saphos Greek Taverna for excellent Greek food, located on London Road.


  • Pepitos - Mexican Restaurant on London Road with a smaller branch inside the Westfield food court.
  • Mexico - Mexican Restaurant located on Sadler Gate


  • Le Bistrot Pierre - 18 Friar Gate

As with most major cities the usual chains such as Nando's, Pizza Express, Frankie & Benny's, Zizzi, La Tasca and Old Orleans are all to be found in the city!

Drink[edit][add listing]

Derby is noted for pubs serving a range of real ales and is home to several microbreweries (small breweries). A few pubs worthy of a visit within the city centre area are:

The Dolphin - Derby's oldest pub, with lots of character. The pub has several small rooms and an outside/partially-covered seating area which houses the pub's beer festivals at various intervals throughout the year. Food - at reasonable prices - is served throughout the day and the evening and there is also an à la carte restaurant upstairs, although not open every night. There is always a good range of well-kept beers. General knowledge quiz on Sundays, music quiz on Tuesdays. Ghost walks can also be booked here.

The Flowerpot - This is a lively and atmospheric pub on the northern edge of the city centre that serves a wide range of real ales, including some of its own microbrewery ales.

The Brunswick - The original microbrewery pub in Derby, located right near the train station in a characterful old railway building. The choice of beer on tap here has to be seen to be believed, a place not to be missed!

The Alexandra Hotel - Friendly pub with large selection of real ales, almost next door to The Brunswick listed above. Accommodation is also available.

The Standing Order - Located on Irongate in a former bank, this pub has a truly impressive interior as well as a good selection of real ale. The Standing Order is a Wetherspoon's pub.

The Thomas Leaper - Situated directly next to The Standing Order, The Thomas Leaper is another Wetherspoon's pub - with the added bonus of music being played in the evening time. It also has two floors - both with bars - the 2nd floor being more suited for eating food ordered from the bar.

The Seven Stars[12], King Street - Traditional pub with real ales housed in a timber-framed building of around 1680.

  • The Crompton Tavern, 46 Crompton Street (5 minutes away from the westfield shopping centre), 01332733629. 14.00-23.00. offers a range of traditional real ales in a cosy and friendly enviroment  edit

The city holds one of Britain's largest beer festivals in July, organized by the Derby Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). A further CAMRA beer festival is held in January in the historic Roundhouse near to Derby Railway Station.

The majority of bars in Derby are found on Friar Gate, Sadler Gate and Iron Gate. One of the best is Bar Lisi on Sadler Gate, which is nice and intimate.

There is also Big Blue Coffee on Sadlergate that serves up excellent coffees as well as simple food such as crepes and toasted paninis.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Cathedral Quarter Hotel, St Marys Gate, Derby, DE1 3JR, 0115 8523207, [3]. This Grade II listed hotel is home to 38 luxury bedrooms with state of the art technology along with a mini spa and treatment rooms, conference rooms, residents' bar, private dining leading from the 80 cover fine dining restaurant in the grandeur of a ballroom and not forgetting the exclusive Chef's table experience - the first of its kind in the area. (52.924428,-1.479831) edit
  • Hallmark Hotel, Midland Road, 01332 345894, [13]. Part of the hallmark chain of hotels. Sits opposite the Derby Mainline station.
  • Red Setters, 85 Curzon Street, 362770. A non-smoking guesthouse. £20 - £25.00 per night include full English breakfast.
  • Rangemoor Park Hotel, Macklin Street, 01332 347252, fax 01332 369319. Standard and En-suite rooms available. rates are from £20 to £70 per room per night inc Breakfast and parking.
  • The Royal Stuart Hotel, 01332 340633.
  • Mickleover Court Hotel, 01332 521234.
  • Melbourne View Hotel, 01332 865353.
  • Breadsall Priory, Moor Road, 01332 832235. Part of the Marriott chain of hotels. 112 rooms actually located in the 750+ year old Priory.
  • ibis budget Derby, B5008 Etwall Road, DE65 6DX, Tel. (+44)128 370 1816, [4]. Ibis budget Hotel Derby is a low-cost hotel situated close to Derby town centre. The hotel is 25 miles from East Midlands International Airport, with easy access to the A50 and the M1 motorway.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Derby is generally a very safe city, but as in the rest of the UK, common sense with regard to personal safety should prevail when walking around the city late at night.

Get out[edit]

  • Matlock Bath - around 45 minutes north up the A6, is a spa town and is like a seaside town without the sea due to the number of fish and chip shops and amusement arcades. Very popular with motorcyclists.
  • Buxton & The Peak District - one of the major national parks in the UK, a beautiful area for hillwalking, mountain biking, camping, climbing etc
  • Carsington Water
  • Belper North Mill
  • Crich Tramway Village - [14]a kilometer stretch of tramway with vintage trams saved from tramways (now closed) all over the United Kingdom.

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