Derby, home of industry, yet still preserves the buildings built by the people who created the town's prosperity.
Once a Roman town, it became an administrative centre and with the Industrial Revolution become an important industrial town as well as a railway town. Famous industrial names still at Derby include Rolls Royce and Royal Crown Derby.
Today, this large regional city has all the modern facilities you would expect. Cinemas and theatres, including the Derby Playhouse ( now known as the Derby Theatre ), as well as parks and entertainment. There is a large shopping centre as well as out of town shopping areas, one of which has a large muti-screen cinema.
Derby has two indoor markets, open every day, the Eagle Centre Market and the Market Hall. As well as the market the Eagle Centre has a selection of chain stores. More shops stretch along the roads away from the Cathedral.
Buildings of note include the County or Shire Hall, 1660, the Guildhall, rebuilt in 1842, the Central Library and Museum and Jacobean House. Many of the buildings were built by the owners of local industry, and some of the parks are the grounds of their old houses.
Derby is home to Derby County Football team, the Rams.
The Derby Heritage Centre is now closed.
Royal Crown Derby Take a tour of the famous porcelain factory.
Highfields Happy Hens An open farm to visit.
Derby Cathedral Visit the Cathedral.
Elvaston Castle Country Park Gardens and parklands set in 200 acres.
Risley Hall Gardens 12 acres of delightful gardens.
Calke Abbey A baroque mansion to visit.
Kedleston Hall An impressive house designed by Robert Adams.
The Silk Mill Derby's museum of industry and history.
Derby Museum and Art Gallery Visit the city museum and gallery.
Pickford's House Museum Visit the house built in 1770 for Joseph Pickford.
Visit the Peak District for walks and wandering around the small villages.
Towns Near Derby To Visit - straight line distance:Melbourne (7.01 miles) Ilkeston (7.81 miles) Heanor (8.07 miles) Ripley (9.32 miles)