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"Gloriously sited at the southeastern edge of the Derbyshire hills that roll towards the Peak District, Derby is one of the Midlands' most energetic, creative cities." Lonely Planet
Lying on the River Derwent banks, Derby is one of the most energetic and creative cities in the UK. It suffered the consequences of the industrial decline in the eighties but has bounced back, thanks to its remarkable cultural developments and a renewed riverfront.
Derby is on the Midland mainline, with regular trains coming from London St. Pancras and Sheffield. The station is about a five-minute walk from both the city centre and the local bus terminal.
The city is small, which makes it easy for pedestrians to navigate. You can start at the Derby Market Hall, a historic market that houses a mix of modern and traditional stalls. Completed in 1866 the building features impressive Victorian architecture. From the market hall, head to the Arboretum. Known for being England’s first public park, the Arboretum is located near the city centre and features a vast collection of trees.
Derby is home to several museums. The Silk Mill, formerly known as the Derby Industrial Museum, was Britain’s first factory and is part of the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another museum, the Derby Museum, and Art Gallery features an outstanding collection of porcelain products manufactured in this city since 1750.
The Pickford’s House Museum, featuring recreated Georgian rooms is well worth visiting. Go to Derby Cathedral; while it might not be the most spectacular of English Cathedrals, it has an impressive 16th-century tower you can climb up for a view of the city. Another church that’s well worth a visit is the St. Mary’s Chapel in Bridge Gate; this 14th-century bridge chapel is among the city's oldest surviving buildings.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to Derby?
You can get to Derby in just under 90 minutes from London, with trains running regularly from St Pancras.
What is Derby famous for?
Derby is famous for its Bakewell Pudding, as well as Derby Arboretum, the world's first public park.