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1. History of Derby
Romans were the first settlers in the Derby area. When the Saxons took over the Roman fort they renamed it Little Chester, and this historic area of Derby still goes by the same name today. There are many streets and buildings of historic value in Derby and the city council has designated 15 areas of historic importance. By the early part of the 13th century, the Market Place w...Read more
2. Now in Derby
Derby has a University, which was founded in 1992 and is now a big part of city life. Much of the city centre was pedestrianised in 1994, making it an easy place to shop in. A new shopping mall was built on the site of the old bus station and opened in 2007. Development is taking place on the banks of the River Derwent, known as Riverlights. This will include retail space, cafe...Read more
3. Events in Derby
Annual music festivals to take place in Derby include The Bloodstock heavy metal festival and the Darley Park Concert outdoor event with fireworks. The State of the Art Tattoo, Body Art and Music Festival takes place every year for two days. The Alt. Fiction Literature Festival Weekend celebrates books and the world of publishing. Inspiring Derby week is seven days of fun and a...Read more
4. Attractions in Derby
Derby Museum and Art Gallery has a collection of Derby porcelain, which is of international importance. Other collections include paintings, archaeology, geology and wildlife. Pickford’s House Museum is a Georgian townhouse with rooms decorated to display Georgian lifestyle. There is also a display of fashions through the ages. Derby Cathedral is open to visitors, although a ...Read more
5. Things To Do in Derby
Derby is said to be one of the most haunted cities in the UK and there are plenty of ghost walks, overnight vigils and events for anyone who likes being scared. The city of Derby boasts more than 300 green spaces, including Derby Arboretum. The list also includes Darley Park, in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, Markeaton Park, with the Mundy Play Centre for childre...Read more
6. Business in Derby
The traditional Cathedral Quarter has shops selling designer and vintage clothes, shoes, crafts and gifts as well as galleries and eateries, all set within historical streets. Westfield Derby is a modern indoor shopping centre offering many high street names. Derby also has busy markets, including the fixed sites of the Eagle Market and the Victorian Market Hall.
7. Transport in Derby
Derby is the most central city in the UK so it is easily accessible from all directions. By car, it is just 15mins from the M1 motorway. The main A-roads into Derby are the A6, A50, A38 and A52. Derby train station is located in the city centre and has good links to the rest of the UK. Trains to London take about 90 minutes. The nearest airport to Derby is East Midlands Airport...Read more
8. Entertainment in Derby
The list of theatres in Derby includes Derby Theatre, The Assembly Rooms and The Guildhall Theatre. QUAD is an arts complex containing a gallery, cinema, café bar and arts workshop. Déda is a city centre venue offering a dance-focussed arts programme of performances, classes and activities. The three cinemas in the city are Showcase Cinemas, UCI Cinemas and Showcase Cinema de...Read more
9. Famous Landmarks in Derby
The tower of Derby Cathedral is 65 metres high and looms over the city. There are 189 steps to climb to the top. Kedleston Hall was built in the 1760s and is now a National Trust property. The huge mansion and parkland is the work of architect Robert Adam. The Curzon family have lived at the hall since the 12th century and still do. It is open to visitors and there is a museum ...Read more
10. Interesting Facts about Derby
Derby City Council has 370 listed buildings, 15 conservation areas and 500 tree preservation orders to maintain. It also maintains 1,950 acres of green open space, puts up 300 hanging baskets and plants 270,000 flowers each year.
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