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Derby City in England

Derby the UK’s most central city and bursting with cultural highlights. The ideal place to discover the Peak District as well as a number of historical sites within the city itself.




  • Derby Museum and Art Gallery - Features the largest collection of Joseph Wright paintings in the world and a huge collection of artefacts including an Egyptian mummy. Open: Monday to saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 12pm to 4pm. Closed Bank Holidays.


  • Cathedral Quarter - A unique shopping experience within the historical streets and arcades of the central city. Includes a market hall where demonstrations take place and is a family friendly destination with art galleries and performance spaces. Open year round.


  • Derby Cathedral - As the second highest church tower in England, this cathedral features the tomb of Bess of Hardwick and a Bakewell screen. Visitors can climb the 189 steps to the top of the tower to see the views across the city and on to the four counties beyond. Open: year round. See website for service times.


  • Derby Guildhall theatre - Selection of live performances which include stand-up, musicals and plays. Visitors can enjoy cream tea matinees, dinner and a show and can have accommodation arranged via the theatre.



Derby is a vibrant and exciting city that has something for everyone. From the beautiful cathedral through to its interesting shopping facilities, all members of the family are catered for. Lovers of theatre are especially welcome as Derby is the home of the Derby Comedy Festival which takes place in April and May, while those with a taste for great beer will love the fact that Derby is known as the home of real ale. In fact the Lonely Planet Guide describes Derby as the best place to eat and drink in the world.


Other visitors can take a tour around the Unesco World Heritage site Derby Silk Mill or enjoy the genius of the Roundhouse - the oldest remaining locomotive turning shed which now houses fairs and events. Finally, anyone with a taste for history will love Derby Gaol which is said to be one of the most haunted spots in the country. It is found underneath a row of houses in Friargate and is now a museum with guided tours.

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