Derby

Travel Guide
Derby Cathedral which includes a city, night scenes and heritage architecture

Once a major player in the Industrial Revolution, this English riverside city boasts centuries-old landmarks, innovative districts and a thriving real ale scene. 

Derby sits in the geographical heart of England, framed by the Derbyshire Dales and on the doorstep of the Peak District National Park. Ancient monuments, excellent museums, theaters and welcoming pubs line the streets of one of The Midlands’ most lively destinations. Derby began life as a tranquil market town and rose to prominence as a manufacturer of porcelain, silk and steam engines during the Industrial Revolution. Remnants of Roman, Saxon and Viking occupation add to a magnificent cultural heritage.

Start by hopping between historical buildings, independent retailers, malls and quirky cafés in the Cathedral Quarter. Enjoy far-reaching views from the tower of Derby Cathedral and browse art exhibitions and watch Hollywood blockbusters at Quad. Silk Mill Park is part of the 55-mile (88.5-kilometer) Derwent Valley Heritage Way, which follows the course of the River Derwent. Sample an abundance of real ales at character-filled pubs such as the almost 500-year-old Ye Olde Dolphin Inne.

At Derby Market Hall, shop for everything from craft beer, fish and meat, to crafts, flowers and vintage clothing. Don’t miss the Chapel of St. Mary’s on the Bridge, which is one of England’s last surviving bridge chapels. Admire masterpieces by Joseph Wright at Derby Museum and Art Gallery. Pickford’s House is the house museum of the Georgian and Enlightenment architect Joseph Pickford.

Enjoy daytrips to Calke Abbey, Kedleston Hall and Sudbury Hall, three National Trust-protected stately homes with stunning gardens. Even closer to the city center is the picturesque country park, nature reserve and picnic grounds of Elvaston Castle. Gear up for hiking adventures amid the pristine landscapes of Peak District National Park.

Back in the city, cheer on Derby County soccer club at Pride Park Stadium. Catch a show at Guildhall Theatre and learn about porcelain production on a factory tour at Royal Crown Derby.

Traveling in and around Derby is easy thanks to a reliable public transportation network of buses and trains. Fly to East Midlands Airport, located 15 miles (24 kilometers) to the south, or catch a train from London and arrive in under 3 hours.

Where to stay in Derby

Holiday Inn Derby Riverlights
Holiday Inn Derby Riverlights
4 out of 5
Morledge, Derby, England
Fully refundable
The price is ¥9,087 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Situated in Derby, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Derby Museum and Art Gallery and University of Derby. Derby Theatre and Derby Cathedral are also ...
4.2/5Very Good! (306 reviews)
"Lovely hotel, clean, friendly staff and overall a nice stay thanks will definitely be back"

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2021

Holiday Inn Derby Riverlights
Jurys Inn Derby
Jurys Inn Derby
4 out of 5
King Street, Derby, England
The price is ¥9,128 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in the heart of Derby, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Derby Cathedral and University of Derby. Derby Museum and Art Gallery and ...
4.2/5Very Good! (961 reviews)
"Loved the executive rooms everything you needed and loved the touches. Didn’t like the underground parking and how you had to walk a distance to the entrance, should be a staircase from the car park internally up to the foyer of the hotel, if it had been raining I’d have been soaked"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

Jurys Inn Derby
pentahotel Derby
pentahotel Derby
4 out of 5
Locomotive Way, Pride Park, Derby, England
The price is ¥10,612 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Pride Park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pride Park Stadium and Derby Theatre. Derby Cathedral and intu Derby are also within 2 mi (3 km).
4/5Very Good! (617 reviews)
"We loved the style & decor. A little 'Alfred Hitchcock' feel.. fabulous & unusual furnishings, so comfortable. Loved it!"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2021

pentahotel Derby
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
SACO Derby - The Mill House
SACO Derby - The Mill House
4 out of 5
The Millhouse, Brook Street, Derby, England
The price is ¥8,860 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Situated in Derby, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Derby Cathedral and Derby Museum and Art Gallery. University of Derby and Kedleston ...
4.2/5Excellent! (58 reviews)
"The property was perfect, had everything we needed. Great location and felt very safe as gated. Would chose to stay here if we come to Derby again."

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2021

SACO Derby - The Mill House
 Risley Hall Hotel
Risley Hall Hotel
3 out of 5
Derby Road, Risley, Derby, England
Situated in a rural location, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of University of Nottingham, intu Derby, and Theatre Royal. Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem ...
3.7/5Good! (371 reviews)
"They seem so be doing some upgrades and repairs that meant that the restaurant was not open. Bar was closed but I did get a drink. Bedroom area was good but no light in the bathroom working. Generally a good stay given the renovation and post COVID conditions. I would stay again."

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

Risley Hall Hotel
Pride Apartments
Pride Apartments
3.5 out of 5
77 Boyer Street, Derby, England
Located in the heart of Derby, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of University of Derby, intu Derby, and Derby Museum and Art Gallery. Derby Theatre ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (9 reviews)
Pleasant apartment - but shower needs attention
"Instead of the promised e-mail giving access details 24 hours in advance, my wife received a text only a few hours beforehand. Fortunately she checked her phone - otherwise we would not have been able to get in. The apartment was in a fairly convenient location. Having 2 bathrooms was an unexpected ..."

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Pride Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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