The City and shops
Derby is a compact and attractive city which boasts quaint arcades and historical streets. For shoppers the city offers a large modern shopping centre ‘Westfield’ and also the charming area of the traditional Cathedral Quarter. Here you can buy anything from arts and crafts, gifts to designer and vintage clothes. The city also has great range of markets including a farmer’s market which is held every month.
Visitors also appreciate the fantastic range of restaurants, museums and cultural entertainment and beautiful historic buildings.
Derby Cathedral is popular tourist attraction and an important historical building which dates from the 14th century. It is also the seat of the Bishop of Derby. Points of interest are the Bess of Hardwick memorial (who was the second most powerful woman in England after Queen Elizabeth 1), an 18th century nave and a collection of the oldest ring of 10 bells in the world.
The surrounding countryside
The beautiful valleys of Derby offer stunning scenery perfect for walkers, the valley follows the Derwent River right up into Matlock. Derby is only one in five UK cities to have UNESCO World Heritage Site and the ‘Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site‘ is a big visitor draw.
The city recently celebrated it’s 2000th year as a settlement and has Roman, Saxon and Viking connections. Derby grew prosperous in the Industrial Revolution and in 1717 it was the site of the first water powered silk mill.
- Derby has been granted Fairtrade City Status
- Many deaf people move to Derby because of its strong sign language using community