What to do in Derby

Thursday 06 November 2014 by Leila Wright Derby is home to great shopping and some fantastic restaurants but it also offers a wealth of cultural attractions, such as Derby Cathedral, the Museum and Art Gallery, and Derby QUAD. Take a look at our guide of what to do to make the most of your stay.

Where to visit

The beauty of Derby Cathedral can be viewed right in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter, where it sets the scene around boutique shops and cosy cafes, making this a must see area during your visit.

Derby Museum and Art Gallery houses a fine collection of art from paintings and sculptures to Natural History and Archaeology, plus the current Joseph Wright exhibition – where you can find the largest collection of his work of any public gallery in the world.

Derby QUAD is a centre for art and film, situated in the city’s picturesque Cathedral Quarter. The venue offers a three-screen cinema showing the best of independent and world cinema, a contemporary art gallery, café bar with views over the market place and workshop space.

For heritage lovers, Derby is a great base for exploring some of the fantastic history of the UK, with so many National Trust properties located within a short drive away:

Calke Abbey is just a 25 minute drive from the centre of Derby, where you can uncover the story of an eccentric family who collected a vast amount of hidden treasures, many now on full display within the house. Surrounded by beautiful grounds and a nature reserve, this property is something special.

Hardwick Hall is located 35 minutes’ drive from Derby, where you will be taken back in time to the 1590s to explore the life of Bess of Hardwick. Explore inside the house and witness the beautiful architecture that she built and which surprisingly resembles modern design.

Just a short 10 minute drive from the city is Kedleston Hall, an impressive 18th century mansion situated in the heart of Derby and set within historic parkland. Go back to the 1760s to explore this neo-classical house that was renowned for its lavish entertainment and displays of spectacular paintings and sculptures.

Sudbury Hall and National Childhood Museum is located a 25 minute drive from the centre of Derby, once home to Lord Vernons and a picture of exquisite craftsmanship, plasterwork, wood carvings and classic murals. The museum takes you back in time and tells the story of children’s’ points of views of time gone by, whilst giving you the opportunity to share your stories – a great family day out!

Want to find out more?

 This is just a selection of the fantastic culture and heritage on offer in Derby, click here to find out more.

SACO Derby is conveniently located just a short walk from the heart of the city, but with many of these attractions situated a short drive away, you might want to think about taking advantage of the free parking available at our apartments!

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