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A luxurious, modern shopping experience awaits at Westfield Derby - a super indoor shopping centre boasting 175 shops, a 12-screen Showcase Cinema de Lux complete with leather seated Director's Halls for an ultimate screen experience, and 'Eat Central' - a food hall with a choice of worldwide cuisine. There's always something great going on at Westfield Derby - find out about all the events taking place. 

 

 

Cathedral Quarter

Cathedral Quarter

A unique shopping environment with historical streets, arcades and hidden entrances. You will find a veritable mix of designer and vintage clothes, shoes, crafts and gifts alongside galleries and eateries in the shadow of the beautiful cathedral.

Please check the Cathedral Quarter website for individual store Christmas opening times.

 

 

markets

Markets

Bustling markets have been a feature of life in Derby for over 700 years. Visit the fixed sites of the Eagle Market, the Victorian Market Hall open Monday - Saturday or make a date in your diary to visit the Farmer's market every third Thursday of the month in the market place or find dates for the continental market on the link below.

 

 

 

Restaurants Cafés Bistros

Restaurants Cafés and Bistros

For something different, a private dining experience at Opulence Restaurant could be worth an indulgence or try the Cathedral Quarter Hotel's Chef's Table where the menu is designed exclusively around you. The restaurant was afforded the great honour of providing a 3 course lunch for HRH Her Majesty the Queen in April 2010.

For fine dining and authentic Indian recipes, Anoki provides an extravagant menu and luxurious surroundings. The restaurant has earned national recognition in the Times Newspaper and Toptable's Top 100 Hidden Gems, as well as local awards such as Best International Restaurant at the Derby Food and drink Awards 2009.

Awarded AA 2 rosettes, Masa is set in a beautifully converted Grade II listed Chapel and has a great reputation for its fine food and its unique setting.

Choose from other quality independents such as Zest, Limes, Graze, or Le Bistrot Pierre to recognised quality brands La Tasca, Zizzi or Pitcher and Piano.

 

Attractions

Attractions

With 3 free museums, a World Heritage Site, Royal Crown Derby - the oldest surviving manufacturer of English bone china, a brand new arts and media centre and a cathedral housing the oldest ring of 10 bells in the world - as well as a nest full of peregrine falcons - Derby has something for everyone.

 

 

 

Derby Museum and Art Gallery

Derby Museum and Art Gallery

Derby Museum and Art Gallery houses a wide range of important and attractive collections, covering porcelain, paintings, archaeology, history, local regiments, geology and wildlife. Paintings by the celebrated 18th Century Derby artist Joseph Wright, Associate of the Royal Accademy (1734-97) include portraits, landscapes, subjects from literature and scenes of industry and scientific equipment that represent this exciting period of pioneering discovery. This is the largest collection of the artist's work in any public gallery in the world. 

 

 

Pickford's House Museum

Pickford's House Museum

This fine Georgian townhouse built by Derby architect, Joseph Pickford, is a charming museum which relives the elegant lifestyle of Georgian times.  Rooms are decorated and furnished in fine style and a costume display shows how fashions have changed over the centuries.

At the rear of the building, a herb garden has been cultivated to service the impressive kitchen where an array of crockery and utensils are on display.

 

 

 

Ghostly Derby

Ghostly Derby

Derby is officially the most haunted city in the UK and has appeared on Living TV's Most Haunted on numerous occasions. The streets are literally steeped in historical haunted happenings and the ghost walks will have you hanging on every word!

Choose from Ghost Walks, overnight vigils, short breaks and halloween events, guaranteed to scare you to death!!!

Book ghost walks directly on 08000 277928, book online at http://www.visitpeakdistrict.com/thedms.aspx?dms=70 or get more information from Derby Tourist Information Centre 01332 255802.

 

Derby Cathedral

Derby Cathedral

Derby Cathedral's tower dominates the city skyline and offers breathtaking views from the top (tours need to be booked in advance).  A family of Peregrine Falcons have nested there since 2006 and their progress can be monitored on www.derbyperegrines.blogspot.com

The light and airy interior takes many visitors by surprise and offers an inviting environment to discover a wealth of treasures including Bess of Hardwick's ornate tomb.

Derby Cathedral is connected to a medieval chapel, St. Mary's on the Bridge.  This dates from the 14th Century, and is one of the very few surviving bridge chapels in England.

 

Quad

Quad

This fine Georgian townhouse built by Derby architect, Joseph Pickford, is a charming museum which relives the elegant lifestyle of Georgian times.  Rooms are decorated and furnished in fine style and a costume display shows how fashions have changed over the centuries.

At the rear of the building, a herb garden has been cultivated to service the impressive kitchen where an array of crockery and utensils are on display.

 

 

 

Royal Crown Derby

Royal Crown Derby

Royal Crown Derby china is known and collected throughout the world. The fine traditional skills have led to an international reputation for quality and creativity. The Royal Crown Derby Visitor Centre has been created to provide an insight into the traditions, the history and the skills that go into making Royal Crown Derby so special.

The Visitor Centre is comprised of a factory shop, a coffee shop and a museum; there are also factory tours available. A visit to Royal Crown Derby is a great day out!

 

 

Green Spaces

Green Spaces

With more than 300 green spaces, Derby has been described as a City in the Countryside.

Derby Arboretum is the first and oldest surviving public park in England. Darley Park sits in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, and Markeaton Park offers a wide range of leisure facilities and activities for all ages, especially Mundy Play Centre, a great place to keep the kids entertained. The new Cathedral Green is another lovely area for relaxation in the city centre.

 

Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site

Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site

Derby is one of only five UK cities to have a UNESCO World Heritage Site confirming the outstanding importance of the area. The stunningly beautiful valley starts in Derby and follows the Derwent River, through Darley Abbey up into Matlock.

 

 

 

The Silk Mill - Derby's Museum of Industry & History

The Silk Mill - Derby's Museum of Industry & History

Part of the UNESCO Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, The Silk Mill is situated at the location of the world's first ever factory.  Now home to the city's collection of industrial memorabilia and extensive range of Rolls Royce aero engines - including the RB211 - this is a popular museum for tracing Derby's industrial past.

 

 

 

Alter Rock Climbing Centre

Alter Rock Climbing Centre

An enjoyable climbing experience that is also challenging and fun.

Inside the converted church there is an extensive bouldering wall and three main wall sections. There is also a purpose built area for those wishing to try their hand at abseiling.

The reception area stocks a range of soft drinks, sweets, freshly made pies along with a selection of sandwiches.

Alter Rock welcome visits from all groups and can make arrangments for school groups, parties and groups.

 

National Sikh Heritage Centre & Holocaust Museum

National Sikh Heritage Centre & Holocaust Museum

A modern, packed, multi-channel museum with real artefacts that allow the visitor to appreciate the rich and complex heritage of the Sikhs in a story of courage, sacrifice and genocide.

 

 

 

 

 

Bluebells at Brunswood Farm

Bluebells at Brunswood Farm

Bluebells have created this green tourist attraction to extend their cafe and farm shop area; ensuring that the cafe area is large enough to comfortably accommodate regular customers and families during the busy Summer holiday period.

For the summer of 2010 the star attraction will be a Maize Megamaze.  The Maize Megamaze has been developed with a circus theme. Children and adults are invited to work their way through the Maize Megamaze and try to find the crafty clowns who were mistakenly (or perhaps not!) left behind by the circus. The Brown family have asked for help to rescue the farm from the clowns and send them back to the circus! Quiz sheets are given to every person entering the maze.

Visitors to Brunswood Farm are invited to enjoy space hopper racing, outdoor games, swings, climbing frames and the play area. The residents at the animal patch, including Miss Molly the pony and Twinkle the donkey will also be welcoming guests.

As ever, local produced and delicious homemade food will be available in the cafe and farm shop. Oliver Brown has also created several Summer flavours of Bluebells Real Dairy Ice Cream for customers to enjoy, including a refreshing Strawberry and Proseccio flavour.

 

Cathedral Green

Cathedral Green

Come and see the Cathedral Green and swing bridge, which crosses the River Derwent and provides a spectacular viewpoint of the Mill. Cathedral Green, also known as the Silk Mill Park, is a beautiful piece of open space in the city centre in the Cathedral Quarter having recently been part of a regeneration project. The Cathedral Green area is used for a number of events throughout the year, particularly in the summer when plays are shown there.

 

 

 

Green Spaces

Special sites for nature in Derby

Come and see the Cathedral Green and swing bridge, which crosses the River Derwent and provides a spectacular viewpoint of the Mill. Cathedral Green, also known as the Silk Mill Park, is a beautiful piece of open space in the city centre in the Cathedral Quarter having recently been part of a regeneration project. The Cathedral Green area is used for a number of events throughout the year, particularly in the summer when plays are shown there.

 

 

 

eating drinking

Eating & Drinking

Derby serves up world-wide cuisine to suit every palate and wallet!

Bustling, Georgian Friar Gate is quickly developing into a thriving restaurant quarter whilst Iron Gate and the Cathedral Quarter are a hive of lively, cosmopolitan coffee bars and bistros

The pub scene is tremendous and Derby hosts the CAMRA beer festival twice a year along with independent beer festivals, micro breweries and atmospheric English pubs. Check out the Short Breaks and Festivals and Events sections for the full picture.

For a full list of Eating and Drinking establishments in Derby, download our list (PDF 217Kb) or why not buy the Taste Derby pack of cards visit the Peak District and Derbyshire's E-shop for more details. The pack of cards are a range of establishments recommended by local businesses - they include places perfect for eating and meeting, formal or informal, social or business.

 

pubs

Pubs

Real ale fanatics will enjoy Derby; the city has some fine establishments for a drop of the good stuff. The Brunswick and the Brewery Tap are real ale pubs not to be missed. Many offer great food at fantastic prices too.

Ye Olde Dolphin Inne is one of the oldest surviving pubs dating back to 1530 and is definitely worth a visit for that bygone traditional ambiance. If haunted pubs are of interest why not try Jorrock's, officially the most haunted pub in Derbyshire, and home to what is believed to be a skull dating back to viking times.

Derby was recommended by the Good Beer Guide 2011 as the place that has 'The Perfect Pub Crawl'.  Many of the pubs have their own micro-breweries and all offer a wide range of real ales.

Derby's pubs are also great places to visit for live music, providing an intimate atmosphere for its audience. Try Ryan's Bar which is where the rich and soulful tones of singer-songwriter James Morrison were discovered at an open-mic night or The Flowerpot for an array of upcoming gigs.

If it's comedy you are looking for then head no further than the Blessington Carriage for live stand-up nights.

 

bars clubs

Bars and Clubs

From a Cosmopolitan to ice cold beer and everything in between Derby has a host of bars to wet those palettes. Try Bar Sixteen for an inspirational cocktail menu and even attend their cocktail school to become your very own cocktail connoisseur.

Number Five is a newcomer to Derby providing a glamorous, up market jazz bar. Or why not try Revolution and sample amazing vodkas before dancing the night away.

There's a good range of bars for all music tastes and plenty of live music venues. Scream and syn nightclubs are popular with students and have various themed nights.

 

eat central

Eat Central

Eat Central on level two of Westfield shopping Centre offers a choice of tasty food from around the world in a stylish dining environment with over 800 seats.

 

Cultural-Entertainment

Cultural Entertainment

Derby has an action packed calendar of events lined up to keep you entertained throughout every season. A programme of live entertainment is complemented by a wide variety of festivals and events where World Class International artists rub shoulders with multi-talented community groups.

Whether it's the street art excitement of Festé, fireworks spectaculars or the roar of bikes and cars at Donington race track, you will be amazed at the choice on offer.

 

cinema

Cinema

If you are a film lover, you will love what Derby has to offer.

Two dedicated cinema screens at Quad showing the best in international, independent and Hollywood cinema. 

The twelve screen Showcase Cinema de Lux inside Westfield with exclusive Directors Halls.

Showcase Foresters Park and Odeon complexes add to the offering making a total of 36 cinema screens.

 

big screen

Big Screen

From live opera performances and concerts, to interactive games, events and videos from local bands. The screen interacts with live events in Derby's Market Place and showcase community projects, film makers and artists from across the region.

 

 

 

Art Exhibition Space

Art and Exhibition Space

The largest collection of paintings from world renowned artist, Joseph Wright can be found at Derby Museum and Art Gallery.Regular changing exhibitions can be found at Quad, the new centre for art and film

 

 

 

 

Live Entertainment

Live Entertainment

Derby's cultural scene rich and varied all year round.

Live performances, quality cinema, dance, drama, music and comedy - it's all here all year round.