Things to do in Derby
Derby is a city in Derbyshire, England. It lies on the River Derwent in the south of Derbyshire, 77 miles (124 km) south-west of Leeds and 234 miles (376 km) north of London. According to 2007 estimates, Derby's total population was 203,700, although this figure has risen to over 217,000 as part of the wider urban area, which includes outlying villages such as Allenton and Littleover. As well as its rôle as a centre of industry, Derby is also known for its sporting heritage. Derby has top-class football (Derby County), cricket, rugby union, and ice hockey teams.
Derby is a wonderful city with something for everyone. All Saints Street, the high street of Derby, has plenty to offer as well. It's arguably one of Derbyshire’s most famous streets and it offers retail stores ranging from Marks & Spencer and New Look to East End Antiques Centre which houses over 100 dealers in antique furniture, paintings, decorative arts, and all manner of vintage items.
The city of Derby, located centrally in the East Midlands region of England, is a popular destination for people from all over who want to experience its diverse culture. It was once an important industrial centre but has shifted away from heavy manufacturing into service industries like insurance, retail banking, and call centres. There are plenty of activities to keep visitors occupied during their trip with beautiful parks and open spaces as well as attractions such as the one attraction that 's a must-see during your stay in Derby is the Cathedral Quarter. All of its houses have been rebuilt after they were destroyed by enemy bombing in WWII, giving them an old world charm that you won't find anywhere else!
All Saints Street in Derby also happens to be home to All Saint's Way Museum Complex; a historic church that still operates today with its own traditional choir that sings at Sunday services.
The complex includes All Saints Church along with All Saint’s Hospital - originally built in 1190 by Norman monks but now converted into a multi-purpose venue where weddings can be held, parties and conferences take place as well as a site to hold concerts. All Saint’s Way Museum Complex is also home to All Saints Chapel (a former hospital chapel) which has been beautifully restored with original Victorian stained glass windows and mosaic tiled flooring.
Derby Cathedral overlooks the city centre from its high vantage point in All Saints Street; this impressive building was once one of England’s most important ecclesiastical buildings, but now it only serves an occasional purpose such as for hosting music recitals or exhibitions. It does remain open on Sundays when visitors are welcome during services that include traditional Bible readings, hymns, prayers, and sermons delivered by clergymen and lay preachers.
A good way to spend a day in Derby is to visit one of its museums or take a stroll around the markets on Wednesdays, Saturdays, or Sundays. The best thing would be to have an early breakfast in one of the fabulous hotels and then head into town for some shopping followed by lunch somewhere nearby. Take something home from the market, whether it's fresh fruit and veg, handmade soap, jewellery, or pottery. Many stalls also sell excellent food so make sure you try some of Derby's best sellers!
Derby Industrial Museum in All Saints Street has a varied collection of vehicles, machinery, and equipment that was used by generations of Derby's millworkers to make the town as well-known for its industrial heritage as it is for the engineering skills that created cars such as Rolls Royce or Spitfires.
The National Railway Museum houses one of Europe’s most significant collections relating to railways; there are more than 300 locomotives on display, ranging from historic engines through to Britain's first steam engine (1814), along with an extensive library containing over 60,000 books and research material related to railway history worldwide. There are also interactive exhibits for families so they can explore this fascinating area where all journeys started!
Visit the Derby Museum and Art Gallery. Opened in 1836, it is the United Kingdom's first public museum and art gallery, and was originally housed in a grand building on The Strand, now demolished; a replica of this building has been created at Kedleston Road in Derby as part of the city's regeneration scheme. Highlights include Egyptian artefacts from the tomb of Tutankhamen (the "Derby Boy"); galleries devoted to archaeology, fine art, and natural history; an aquarium boasting Britain's largest glass dome (containing a tropical fish tank, an arctic tank, and a rock pool); the "Birds of Derby" gallery where local songbirds can be seen in their natural habitat; and the working watermill.
Take a stroll through the town centre and enjoy all that is on offer. Derby town centre is one of England's oldest shopping districts and has an eclectic mix of architectural styles including Art Deco buildings from the 1930s. The Derby Cathedral is a striking example of Victorian Gothic Architecture, with many lovely shops surrounding it [if you are looking for information on Derby don't forget to visit Derby Tourist Information Centre]. Derby Central Library provides free access to the Internet and plenty of up-to-date newspapers. Derby Museum has an extensive collection of exhibits providing a unique portrait of Derby's history.
Go to Derby Silk Mill Museum which is located in Derby's historic Derby Road which was once the centre of silk weaving in Derby. Built-in 1832 as part of a group of mills for silk-weaving by Thomas Frith & Sons Ltd, it contains some original machines which can still be operated today! There are also old photographs that give you an insight into what life was like working there over 150 years ago. Outside you will find the rear section of one of the water wheels used to power the looms inside. In 1999 Derby Silk Mill became home to Derby Museums Collection Centre, where our most precious artefacts are held in safekeeping, including Derby's own Death Mask of the poet John Keats. Derby Silk Mills is free to visit and entry is open between 10.00 am - 3.00 pm every day.