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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.

Tourist Attractions in Derby to Visit



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.

Historic Houses

Historic Houses

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.


Out & About

Markeaton Park Enjoy the 207 acres of parkland.

Allestree Park Walks and activities in this Country Park.

Darley Park Riverside walks.

Days Out around Derby.

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)
How to get to Derby
Derby, Junction 24 or 25 from the M1. The A61 then the A38 from Chesterfield.

Derby Tourist Information Centre

  • Assembly Rooms
    Market Place
    DE1 3AH
    Tel: 01332 255802
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Etwall Road, Mickleover Derby DE3 0XX

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Cathedral Quarter Hotel
St Mary's Gate Derby DE1 3JR

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Guest Houses, Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and other Hotels
Holiday Cottages
Number 7
Allestree near Derby DE22 2DZ
Sleeps 2
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Pilgrims Cottage
9 Main Street Findern near Derby DE65 6AG
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Brook Cottage
Ripley near Derby DE5 8JA
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Derby Weather
Thursday 2nd April
Day :Partly cloudy skies11°C Partly cloudy skies
Night :Cloudy skies5°C Cloudy skies
Friday 3rd April
Day :Light drizzle10°C Light drizzle
Night :Cloudy skies4°C Cloudy skies
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