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==Do==
 
==Do==
Go on a ghost walk in the UKs 2nd most haunted town!
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* Go on a ghost walk in the UK's 2nd most haunted town!
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* Don't forget to take a look around the Cathedral, which occasionally opens the tower for some spectacular views across Derby.
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* Take a walk up the Derwent to Darley Park
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
Derby's main shopping centre is the newly opened Westfield Derby, which sits on the site of the old Eagle Centre. With a wide range of shops including Debenhams, Marks and Spencers and Boots. Westfield have also integrated a food court with various different tastes including Chinese, Indians or Burgers. Try the Chinese Buffet
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Derby's main shopping centre is the newly opened Westfield Derby, which sits on the site of the old Eagle Centre. With a wide range of shops including Debenhams, Marks and Spencers and Boots. Westfield have also integrated a food court with various different tastes including Chinese, Indians or burgers. Try the Chinese Buffet.
  
Don't forget to visit the quaint Cathedral Quarter, near the old Market Place. Specialist Shops and some really nice bars, make this place feel extra special. Check out the Cathedral Quarter website for details of shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs and special events http://www.derbycathedralquarter.co.uk
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Don't forget to visit the quaint Cathedral Quarter, near the old Market Place. Specialist shops, and some really nice bars, make this place feel extra special. Check out the Cathedral Quarter website for details of shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs and special events http://www.derbycathedralquarter.co.uk
 
 
Don't forget to take a look around the Cathedral, which occasionally opens the tower for some spectacular views across Derby.
 
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
 
  
 
*<eat name="Porter's Pantry" alt="" address="11 The Strand, DE1 1BE" directions="" phone="01332 295817" url="http://www.derbycathedralquarter.co.uk/profile.asp?p_id=439" hours="7.30am - 3.30pm" price="All meals under £5.00" lat="52.922635" long="-1.479375">Traditional English Roast Pork and Beef dinners, All Day Breakfasts and Derby Cobs served in historic surroundings.</eat>
 
*<eat name="Porter's Pantry" alt="" address="11 The Strand, DE1 1BE" directions="" phone="01332 295817" url="http://www.derbycathedralquarter.co.uk/profile.asp?p_id=439" hours="7.30am - 3.30pm" price="All meals under £5.00" lat="52.922635" long="-1.479375">Traditional English Roast Pork and Beef dinners, All Day Breakfasts and Derby Cobs served in historic surroundings.</eat>
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Derby is noted for pubs serving a range of real ales and is home to four microbreweries (small breweries).  A few pubs worthy of a visit within the city centre area are:
 
Derby is noted for pubs serving a range of real ales and is home to four microbreweries (small breweries).  A few pubs worthy of a visit within the city centre area are:
  
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 it's own microbrewery ales.
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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 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 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 Wetherspoons pub.
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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 Wetherspoons pub.
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The Seven Stars[http://www.derbycity.com/pubs/7stars.html], King Street - Traditional pub with real ales housed in a timber-framed building of around 1680.
  
 
The city holds one of Britain's largest beer festivals in July, organized by the [http://www.derbycamra.org.uk/ Derby Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)].
 
The city holds one of Britain's largest beer festivals in July, organized by the [http://www.derbycamra.org.uk/ Derby Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)].
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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.
 
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
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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==
 
==Sleep==

Revision as of 18:47, 11 August 2008

Derby [5] is in Derbyshire county, England.

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

Get in

  • Derby has good rail links. East Midlands Trains (formally Midland Mainline) operates trains from London (St Pancras station), Leicester and Sheffield. Virgin Trains operates cross-country services to the North East, Scotland, the South West, the South Coast and the West Midlands. Central Trains operates local services to destinations including Nottingham, Birmingham, Matlock, Stoke-on-Trent and to parts of Lincolnshire. Train times are available from National Rail Enquiries, telephone 08457 484950 from the UK.
  • There are also coach services operated by National Express to Derby.
  • The nearest airport is East Midlands Airport. The Air-Line Shuttle bus runs from the airport to Derby and is operated by Kinchbus.
  • There are 2 park and ride services running from Meteor Centre and Pride Park, see National Park and Ride Directory

Get around

By bus

Most local bus services are operated by Arriva and Trent Barton. See the Derbyshire County Council public transport website for timetables and information for all buses.

On foot

Derby is a compact city making it very approachable for pedestrians.

Derby walking directions can be planned online with the walkit.com [6] walking route planner.

See

  • 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 are also a fantastic range of stalls selling everything from fresh fruit and veg to mobile phones and Japanese comic books. (52.92297,-1.476556)
  • 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, 01332 255308, [8]. Open M 11am-5pm, Tu-Sa 10am-5pm, Su 2pm-5pm, Holidays 2pm-5pm. Free admission. Railway and industrial innovations from previous centuries are on display here. A large collection of Rolls-Royce aero-engines is displayed in the museum with displays regarding the history of the company.
  • 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

  • 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

Buy

Derby's main shopping centre is the newly opened Westfield Derby, which sits on the site of the old Eagle Centre. With a wide range of shops including Debenhams, Marks and Spencers and Boots. Westfield have also integrated a food court with various different tastes including Chinese, Indians or burgers. Try the Chinese Buffet.

Don't forget to visit the quaint Cathedral Quarter, near the old Market Place. Specialist shops, and some really nice bars, make this place feel extra special. Check out the Cathedral Quarter website for details of shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs and special events http://www.derbycathedralquarter.co.uk

Eat

  • Porter's Pantry, 11 The Strand, DE1 1BE, 01332 295817, [3]. 7.30am - 3.30pm. Traditional English Roast Pork and Beef dinners, All Day Breakfasts and Derby Cobs served in historic surroundings. All meals under £5.00. (52.922635,-1.479375)

Indian

  • 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.
  • Jee-ja-Jees - 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
  • Sunrise Tandoori - 11-13 Curzon Street
  • Zaytoun - 278-282 Normanton Road
  • Jewel of India - Uttoxeter Road

Chinese

  • 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!

Italian

  • Zizzi - Friar Gate
  • Antibo - 21 Midland Road
  • Frankie and Benny's - Branches on Manor Road and Pride Park
  • Bistango - 40 St. Peter's Churchyard

Thai

  • 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

  • El Toro - Spanish restaurant and Tapas on London Road.
  • La Tasca - 3 Friar Gate

Greek

  • Stelianas & Saphos Greek Taverna for excellent Greek food

Mexican

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

French

  • Le Bistrot Pierre - 18 Friar Gate

As with most major cities the usual chains such as Nando's, and Old Orleans are all to be found in the city!

Drink

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

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 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 Wetherspoons pub.

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

The city holds one of Britain's largest beer festivals in July, organized by the Derby Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

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

  • Cathedral Quarter Hotel, St Marys Gate, Derby, DE1 3JR, 0115 8523207, [4]. 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)
  • Midland Hotel, Midland Road, 01332 345894, [13]. Part of the Best Western 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. £35 - £65 per night include full English 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. 12 rooms actually located in the 600+ year old Priory.

Stay Safe

As with most cities, common sense with regard to personal safety should prevail when walking around the city late at night.

Get out

  • 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
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