Famous for being the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the East Midlands city of Derby has slowly grown into so much more than simply a manufacturing town. After dusting itself off from the Industrial slump in the 1980s, it has made steps to breathe life back into the local culture with great success.
As well as a number or local cathedrals and abbeys to enjoy, thrill seekers may want to visit the U.Ks number one theme park, Alton Towers. The city is also home to some excellent restaurants, some of which can be found by the waterfront, which has had a facelift recently. Derby is considered by many as the UKs second most haunted town; a number of organised ghost walks exist as a result.
A fuel efficient economy car is perfect for driving around Derby, where you are unlikely to encounter many difficulties on the road.
Calke Abbey is one of Derby’s most popular attractions and has enough to keep most people entertained for a day or so. The country house estate is beautifully preserved and set within stunning gardens that are also home to deer and other wildlife.
The award-winning Derby Museum and Art Gallery is educational for both children and adults, boasting creative workshops as well as vast collections of captivating art, both modern and classic. It’s right in the heart of the city centre.
Countryside lovers are advised to head out to Treak Cliff Cavern where you can take guided tours and discover some of the best stalactites you could expect to find in the Peak District area. To this day, the mine is still a source of Blue John Stone, used for jewellery and decorative ornaments.
Derby has some great places to eat, The Wonky Table being one such venue. Despite being busy at times, the service has a reputation that’s up there with its excellent food. Jack Rabbits is a local institution; a deli and cafe which produce gourmet sandwiches and pre-prepared meals.
Derby is well-connected to all other parts of the UK; the M1 links Derby southwards down to London and northwards to Leeds.
The city centre is very compact, and features several secure parking options; Bold Lane Car Park has been listed in the top 10 most secure in the world.
Although not especially bad for congestion, Derby does suffer the usual rush hour traffic problems, so do try avoiding this at all cost.
Derby is serviced by East Midlands Airport, which offers flights to a large number of European destinations and is the 13th busiest in the UK.
The airport is a conveniently short, 10 mile drive away from Derby city centre. To get there, you should take the A52 and then the M1 up until junction 24. From there, turn onto the A453 and go west, then you should be at the airport.