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Derby is a historic city bursting with heritage – what was a sleepy midlands town in the mid-18th century became a major player in the Industrial Revolution almost overnight, and soon claimed its position at the forefront of the rail and manufacturing industries. Now it’s a charming and endlessly appealing little city with a beautiful cathedral, fantastic museums and great galleries.
It’s also in an enviable location on the edge of the Peak District, where you can explore some of the UK’s most picturesque countryside. From grabbing a patisserie treat in the heart of Bakewell to walking through the awe-inspiring Chatsworth House Estate, there is so much on offer in this idyllic county. Whatever your reason for visiting, you’ll find Derby is a friendly place, offering great value and a warm welcome wherever you go.
Restaurants in Derby
Whilst Derby is a small city, it has a surprising number of good quality restaurants offering worldwide cuisine, particularly in Friargate and the Cathedral Quarter, both of which are a stone’s throw away from our Derby apartments. Here you can enjoy traditional English fare, spicy Mexican dishes and outstanding French cuisine, all against the dramatic backdrop of Derby Cathedral.
Derby also has some top notch traditional real ale pubs, the oldest of which is the Grade II listed Ye Olde Dolphin Inne, which has been serving proper ale since the late 16th century, certainly somewhere to put on your list even if you're just visiting for a short stay!
Or perhaps you’d rather cook up a storm yourself? If you think of yourself as a top-notch chef – or you’re on a tighter budget – our self-catering apartment in Derby have everything you’ll need to cook your own meals.
Shopping in Derby
Derby has some excellent shopping options for such a small city. Fancy a big shopping spree? Head to the Intu Derby Shopping Centre, which opened as a £340m investment in 2007.
Alongside all the usual high street brands, you’ll also find a 10-screen cinema complex and a food court.
If your shopping tastes are better suited to antiques, vintage finds or one-of-a-kind buys, there’s plenty of that too! The picturesque Cathedral Quarter offers more independent shops and chic boutiques, in a delightful setting with plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can rest your arms from carrying all that shopping before you head back to your accommodation in Derby.
St Peter’s Quarter is another place to visit if you’re here for the shopping. It offers lots of great street entertainment alongside high street stores, indie boutiques and bargain hunting in the Eagle Market.
Derby’s manufacturing heritage in transport and engineering continues to this day– the two biggest employers in the city are Rolls-Royce Plc and Toyota. Train manufacturing is another important local industry – you’ll find the UK’s only train manufacturer, Derby Litchurch, in the city as well as Bombardier Transportation, who make rolling stock.
However it’s not all heavy engineering – one of Derby’s longest-standing businesses is Royal Crown Derby, producing beautiful porcelain since the 1750s – it’s a lovely souvenir to take home with you after your stay.
In town on business? Our long and short stay apartments in Derby have all the facilities and comfort needed to relax after a busy day at work.
Transport in Derby
Derby is the UK’s most central city, so it’s surprisingly easy to get to. By car, it’s just 15 minutes off the M1, and if you prefer to get the train, it’s only 90 minutes from London St Pancras, with additional direct services to Birmingham, Sheffield, Newcastle and Cardiff.
Derby is a great city to explore on foot or by bike, with over 100km of dedicated cycle routes in and around the city. Buses are good value and cover the whole area, from outside your Derby serviced apartment right out into the Peak District, or you can book a taxi through any of the licensed city firms.
Things to watch out for
Whatever you call a bread roll - a bap, a bread cake, a roll or a bun – you’ll discover it’s called a “cob” in Derby. Ask for a cheese and pickle roll at your peril - who knows what you might get!
Looking for accommodation in Derby? Our Derby serviced apartments are the perfect homestay, offering comfy living spaces, fully functioning kitchens and convenient location for everything the city has to offer.