Derby Travel Guide

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Derby Highlights

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     History/Some Nice Pubs/Cathedral/Small City 

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     not the best nightlife ever, full of students 

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     A nice City to live in, friendly people & good nightlife 

Derby Things to Do

  • Derby Arboretum: First Britain's Public...

    Quietly resting westwards from Derby Railway Station, in a not very appealing depressed neighbourhood after the enormous and ugly facilities of Derby Hospital you find at last this historically important point of Britain's History: it's first Public Park.Once a private garden owned by former Mayor of Derby Joseph Strutt, it was refurbised and...

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  • Pickford's House: Top English Georgian

    41 Friar Gate. This one's the direction of one of the finest Georgian houses you'll be able to see at Britain -very few of these can be seen yet at its best-. Adquired by Derby City Council in 1982, it was restored and reburbished as it might have been when prominent architect Joseph Pickford buit it in 1769 for his family and as a...

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  • Derby Cathedral

    Derby Cathedral definitely does not have the lofty feel of most cathedrals, in fact it is the smallest Church of England cathedral in the whole country. Formerly All Saints Church, it was granted cathedral status as recently as 1927, however there has been a church on this site since the 10th century- the current building was built somewhere around...

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  • Derby War Memorial

    This memorial, including a sculpture by Arthur George Walker, can be found outside Derby's Guildhall. It was constructed in 1924 as a lasting memorial to those soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War. The memorial also features an additional inscription recognising losses in the Second World War. The sculpture is of a woman holding a...

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  • Derby Museum and Art Gallery

    The Derby Museum and Art Gallery is a great place to spend an hour or two. It really gives you a wonderful overview of the history of the city and county of Derbyshire, as well as showcasing the stunning paintings of esteemed local artist Joseph Wright (1734-1794) who is remembered for capturing the spirit of the Industrial Revolution in his...

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  • STAINSBY MILL

    Stainsby Mill is right outside the entrance to Hardwick Hall (see for directions). It's a working mill and the National Trust people seem eager to explain all the workings of this tranquil watermill that has been in operation since the 13th century. One can buy freshly milled flour for breadmaking.

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Derby Restaurants

  • ~ Luxury & Indulgence ~

    The restaurant is absolutely beautiful inside. As you walk through the door, there is stunning marble stairs that lead up to it, the stairs are scattered with red rose pettles and tea light candles. Looks very romantic and also very pretty. We sure felt truely welcome.Anoki was originally an upper floor movie theatre, with stunning ceilings and...

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  • ~ Our Local & Favourite Indian...

    I never used to be a fan of Indian Cusine until i came to this restaurant. It is convienently located just around the corner from where my Fiance lives. The staff are very friendly and always provide a quick service, the food is quickly served nice and piping hot and the restaurant is very clean and welcomming.It is usually always busy but no need...

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  • FIRST CLASS

    MASA came highly recommended and did not disappoint. This is a first class, wonderful restaurant that shouldn't be missed when visiting Derby. Very unusual in a reconverted church, MASA has a fantastic chef, and the service couldn't have been better. The desserts were especially well done and shouldn't be missed. Lunch is served in the downstairs...

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  • Good food and real ale heaven

    One of the JD Wetherspoon chain of pubs found all over the UK, this one probably the best I've visited for choice and quality of the beers on offer. around 15 to choose from kept us interested for the evening.Food is reasonable too, typical JDW menu, all nicely cooked, tasty and ample portions and at a very good price.

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  • Try the buffet

    Enticed in by a "all you can eat" offer. Good choice on the buffet menu and unusually your selections are delivered to the table. So, soup followed by appetisers then main course, quality of food excellent, quantity too.A memorable visit, friendly, comfortable and tasty food, hope to revisit next time we're in Derby.

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  • A quick pizza

    Although Pizza Express is a chain this restaurant has a certain character of its own with a very pleasant atmosphere. There are wooden floors and marble tables, an old fireplace and nicely decorated walls. There are some window seats at the front and a large room further back that is reached through two decorated arches. An open plan layout allows...

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Derby Nightlife

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  • The Place To Be!!!!!!!

    We visited Bar Aura on a student night which they hold every Monday and Wednesday and it was fantastic!!!! The drinks are cheap as chips!! The staff are very friendly and seem up for a laugh. The music was mostly Commercial stuff which was fantastic. Completely different to the last time we went. It seemed very ethnic orientated and we kinda felt...

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  • ~ Excellent Prices on All Drinks ~

    Walkabout is quite a new pub in the centre of Derby town. It is an Australian bar and has been popular since it opened. Drinks are a great price and they also have student nights.They also show all live sports on a huge flatscreen aswell as on small screens throughout the bar.It is a nice place to go for a drink at night, they also play music and...

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  • Cheap beer and food.

    This Wetherspoon pub was built as the Crompton & Evans Union Bank, later the City branch of the NatWest which closed in 1993 and is, appropriately, now a pub. There are two JDWs in Derby, and I this is the smarter. The other being the smaller Babington Arms. No music or entertainment. Not realy a dress code but friday, saturday nights you may have...

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Derby Transportation

  • ~ The Spondon Flyer ~

    The Spondon Flyer is the best way to get into Derby City centre by bus as it is a direct route from all areas in Spondon. It is £1.50 per adult for a single ticket or £2.90 for a return. They run every 15 minutes and it only takes 10 minutes to get into the city centre. It is an excellent and cheaper way to get to town rather than using your car...

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  • By Train

    Derby is a major rail stop in the area. Connections to most parts of the country.Easy travel for us, and a daytrip to Matlock Bath from here too.Times and prices on website.

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  • East Midlands Airport

    The nearest airport to Derby is Nottingham East Midlands (which is neither in nor near to Nottingham!). It serves several budget airlines as well as mainstream ones.It's a small airport, with just one terminal. There are places to eat/drink/shop, but most of these are beyond security; there is only one cafe in the departures area.There are good...

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Derby Shopping

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    The Eagle Shopping Centre

    by St_Vincent Written May 27, 2007

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    The main shopping area in Derby starts near the Cathedral and follows Iron Gate into Cornmarket and then St Peter’s Street, all of which is pedestrianised. At the bottom is the massive Eagle Shopping Centre which is currently being extended further with completion expected by the end of 2007. Farmers markets take place on the third Thursday of each month in Market Place.

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Derby Local Customs

  • Q-Arts

    Q-Arts is located on Queen Street in Derby city centre. Most of the exhibitions take place in Q Arts centre. All kinds of exhibitions run here for certain time depending on the demands of public.

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  • Magistrate court

    Magistrate court building is another important local authority building. Whilst I was walking from Market Place to take the photo of Council House, this building was just across the road on Full Street.

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Derby Warnings and Dangers

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    by Imbi Updated Dec 16, 2003

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    The best thing I like about Derby is that local council has marked some residential areas as alcohol free zone. It means that in those area alcohol drinking is prohibited and any one found guilty would be prosecuted. Local people are really appreciating that fact.

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Derby Off The Beaten Path

  • Bonnie Prince Charlie bids Derby goodbye

    by jayhawk2000 Updated Jun 14, 2005

    Bonnie Prince Charlie, a claimant to the throne of the United Kingdom, reached this far on his march to London. Considering his troops had come from Scotland by way of Carlisle, it was quite a trek.

    However, the Prince was discouraged from advancing further because of reports that the King's armies were closing in. These reports turned out to be false and if the Prince had stuck to his guns he may have found himself in the thick of London and on the throne!

    This statue in Riverside Gardens overlooking Derby makes you wonder what could have been. I like to think the Prince is turning for one last look at Derby and what could have been his destiny.

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Derby Sports & Outdoors

  • Derby County Football Club (The Rams)

    Derby County Football Club started in 1884 and they were a founder member of the Football League when it was formed four years later. For most of their time they have played at The Baseball Ground but in 1997 they moved to their present home the Pride Park Stadium. One of their most famous managers was Brian Clough under whom they won the league in...

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  • Derbyshire County Cricket Club

    Derby is the home of Derbyshire County Cricket Club which is situated on Grandstand Road just off the Pentagon Roundabout. Within the same complex is a health club, Damon’s Restaurant and the Days Hotel (q.v.). The club are currently playing in the second divisions of the County Championship and the one day league. Each side is allowed to field two...

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  • Derby County

    Name Derby County Nickname The Rams Stadium Pride Park League Play In Football League Championship Honours Home Kit White shirt, black shorts, white socks. Away Kit It is a long time since I have been to watch Derby County play, when I did they played at the Baseball Ground. They have since moved to Pride Park, a purpose...

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  • Street performers

    I like cities where there are random performances going on in the streets, be it fire-eaters, jugglers, mime-artists or whatever.In Derby's pedestrianised shopping district, I stumbled across a performance by a couple of Native American Indians! I was definitely not expecting this and they drew quite a crowd. Their traditional musical performance...

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  • Tourist Information Centre

    The Tourist Information Centre is located in the Assembley Rooms in Market Place near where Cornmarket meets Irongate. You can get information on local attractions, book tours, theatre tickets or accomodation.Open Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.30pm (5.00pm Saturdays) and 10.30am to 2.30pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.Phone 01332 255802E-Mail...

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  • Kedleston Hall

    Kedleston Hall is a classical Palladian mansion built for the Curzon family between 1759 and 1765. It has one of the best examples of Robert Adams interiors in England which has seen very little alteration since its completion. Kedleston Hall is only 6 miles or so from Derby city centre, but is a world away and a great place to unwind.

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