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Vibrant and cosmopolitan city with a fantastic heritage. Are you looking for things to do in Derby? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the city.


Derby is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city on the edge of the Peak District National park. Derby has a rich heritage and is famed for it's production of Rolls Royces and Royal Crown Derby. It's thriving City centre boasts an excellent range of entertainment oppurtunities including fashionable art galleries, an independent cinema, multiscreen digital cinema, a first class shopping centre, fascinating museums, trendy bars and cafes, top restaurants and a lively theatre scene. Derby is also the perfect base to explore the stunning surrounding countryside.

Known for...   Derby Cathedral, Rolls Royce, Royal Crown Derby and Derbyshire Dales


Did you know...

  • The first water-powered factory in England was opened in Derby in 1722. It was a silk-mill built to a design that John Lombe provided, having used industrial espionage to obtain it from Italy. He died mysteriously that same year, local legend saying he was poisoned by a female spy sent from Piedmont.
  • The Sex Pistols were banned from playing in Derby in 1976 due to their antisocial behaviour.
  • The world's biggest ever bowl of popcorn was prepared at UCI cinema at the Meteor Centre in 1991. It took staff from the cinema three days to complete the record, starting on August 23 and finishing on August 26.



 

  Attractions

Derby Brewery Tours

Look round Derby brewery, a great day out for beer enthusiasts.
1 Derwent Street
Derby
DE1 2DE

01332366283

 

Royal Crown Derby

Famous pottery visitor attraction, a fascinating insight into the skills and tradition in making the famous porcelain.
194 Osmaston Road
Derby
DE23 8JZ

01332712833

 

Derby Cathedral FREE

Historic cathedral attraction, a special place to visit in the heart of the city.
18-19 Iron Gate
Derby
DE1 3GP

01332341201

 

National Sikh Heritage Centre And Holocaust Museum

Fascinating attraction telling the British-Sikh version of their heritage in a modern setting.
Princes Street
Derby
DE23 8NT

08456435513

 

Bluebell Dairy FREE

Bluebells at Brunswood Farm, ice cream, tea shop and children's play area.
Brunswood Farm
Locko Road
DE21 7BU

01332673924

Recommended by Shaz, Nottingham

 

Duffield Castle

National Trust - The remains of one of England's largest 13th-century castles.
Milford Road
Duffield
DE56 4DW

 

Kedleston Hall

National Trust - Masterpiece of neo-classical architecture.
Derbyshire
DE22 5HJ

 
 

  Children's Activities

The Craft Studio

Have FUN & get creative at The Craft Studio, Belper.
8 The Courtyard
Market Place
Belper
DE56 1FZ

 
 

  Museums

Derby Museum Of Industry And Heritage FREE

Fascinating look at Derby life.
Silk Mill Lane
Derby
DE1 3AF

01332255308

 

Derby Museum And Art Gallery

Fantastic permanent collections and lots of fun activities now on.
The Strand
Derby
DE1 1BS

Recommended by Peter Jones, Derby

 

Derby Gaol

Derby Gaol is a working museum which is open to the public.
50-51 Friar Gate
Derby
DE1 1DF

08000277928

Recommended by Steve Strickland, Nottingham

 
 

  Parks

Derby Arboretum FREE

The Arboretum is famous for being Britain's first public park.
Rose Hill
Derby
DE23 8FZ

Recommended by Patsy Hill, Derby

 

Elvaston Castle Country Park FREE

Encompasses approx 200 acres of open parkland, woodland and more formal historical gardens.
Borrowash Road
Elvaston
Derby
DE72 3EP

 

Markeaton Park FREE

The 207 acres of Markeaton Park has something for everyone to enjoy. It is one of the most popular parks in the East Midlands.
Markeaton Island
Derby
DE22 4AA

 
 

  Galleries

Derby Quad

Art Gallery/Independent Cinema/Cafe.
Market Place
Cathedral Quarter
DE1 3AS

01332290606

 
 

  Bowling

Ten Pin

Ten-pin bowling alley.
Foresters Leisure Park
Osmaston Park Road
DE23 8AG

 
 

  Cinema

Showcase Cinema Derby

12 screen digital cinema.
Foresters Leisure Park
Derby
DE23 8AG

08712201000‎

 

Odeon Derby

Multi-screen cinema (Odeon Luxe).
Meteor Centre
Mansfield Road
Derby
DE21 4SY

03330144501

 
 

  Theatre

Derby Theatre

City centre theatre with eclectic programme.
15 Theatre Walk
Eagle Centre
DE1 2NF

 
 

  Golf

Kedleston Park Golf Club

Golf Club.
Kedleston
Quarndon
Derbyshire
DE22 5JD

 

Chevin Golf Club

Situated 6 miles north of Derby on the A6, on the start of the Chevin Hills, the course is mixed parkland and moorland, with magnificent countryside views.
Golf Lane
Duffield
Derbyshire
DE56 4EE

 
 

  Leisure centres

Fitness First

Friendly gym and fitness club.
St Thomas House
Mansfield Road
DE1 3TN

01332297444

 

LA Fitness

Health club and gym.
Liversage Street
Derby
DE1 2LD

01332525810

 

David Lloyd

Tennis, health and fitness club.
Pride Parkway
Riverside Road
DE24 8HY

01332821301

 

DW Fitness

Gym and fitness centre.
Derwent Parade
Pride Park
DE24 8BW

01332294443

 

Lonsdale Swimming Pool

Indoor swimming pool. Lessons available.
Mickleover
41 Bishop Lonsdale Way
DE3 9DF

01332516325

 
 

  Sport

Derby Rollerworld

Indoor roller skating rink.
Mansfield Road
Derby
DE21 4AW

01332345828

 
 

  Paintball

Wild Park

Activity centre offering paintballing, quad biking and laser tag.
Middle Wild Park Farm
Wild Park Lane
DE6 3BN

01335360485

 
 

  Climbing

Alter Rock

Derby's Premier Climbing Centre.
St James Church
Malcolm Street
DE23 8LU

01332367200

 

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