Travellers looking for things to do in Derby have plenty of exciting options to explore. As the birthplace of the industrial revolution in Britain, the working-class city still retains many of its original factories and mills today.

    But it’s not all about the industrial past, for modern-day Derby is awash with leafy parks, intriguing museums, and bustling markets. Throw in a kid-friendly dairy farm and an amazing aeropark, and you’ve got a diverse destination in the East Midlands the whole family can enjoy. Check out our list of the best things to see and do in Derby. 

    What are the best things to do in Derby?


    Derby Cathedral Quarter

    The entertainment epicentre of the city

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    The Derby Cathedral Quarter is an upscale restaurant and shopping district in the heart of the city, just a few blocks from the banks of the River Derwent. Dining and nightlife options abound in this bustling spot, where the architecture of the industrial revolution still stands proudly on display.

    As you’d assume, its name comes from a 16th-century gothic cathedral that looms over the northern end. Once a month, the bell tower opens its doors to those looking to climb 186 steps for sweeping views of Derby.

    Расположение: 10 Iron Gate, Derby DE1 3FJ, UK

    Часы работы: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Телефон: +44 (0)1332 419053


    Derby Museum and Art Gallery

    Derby’s premier art and history museum

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    The Derby Museum and Art Gallery is great for history buffs and art aficionados, as well as families looking to learn something new. Its multifaceted collection spans natural, military history, geology and archaeology, with enough intriguing exhibits to keep you amused for hours on end. There’s also a weekly ‘Tots Make & Do’ session where the little ones get to handle authentic artefacts.

    For many visitors, however, the star attraction is the artwork of Joseph Wright, the first local painter to express the spirit of the industrial revolution. The 18th-century artist’s crowning achievements were the Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery and The Alchemist Discovering Phosphorus, both of which are on display at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery.

    Расположение: The Strand, Derby DE1 1BS, UK

    Часы работы: Tuesday–Saturday from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm, Sunday from noon to 4 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Телефон: +44 (0)1332 641901


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    Bluebell Dairy

    A working dairy farm with cute animals and tasty artisanal ice cream

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    Bluebell Dairy is a must for travellers to Derby with little ones in tow. The quaint working farm boasts both delicious ice cream and adorable animals. Children love patting their farmyard favourites and watching the hilarious sheep race, while the Tea Room stocks enough of the good stuff to keep any accompanying grown-up content.

    The highlight for all ages here, however, is undoubtedly the ice cream, handmade on-site using milk sourced from the dairy. The staff does a stand-up job of making every guest feel welcome, and a reasonably priced admission means it’s accessible to all.

    Расположение: Locko Rd, Derby DE21 7AR, UK

    Часы работы: Friday–Monday from 10 am to 5 pm (closed from Tuesdays to Thursdays)

    Телефон: +44 (0)1332 673924


    Derwent River

    A scenic hike through the centre of the city

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    The Derwent River gives you the chance to escape the hustle of modern living and reacquaint with nature. Embark on a 2-mile hike (or bike) that starts at Saint Mary’s Bridge and winds its way south along the west bank of the river. Along the way, you’ll encounter an abundance of verdant parklands and greenery that feels worlds away from the city.

    Be sure to stop and explore the Derby Silk Mill, which lies on the greens right behind the cathedral. The UNESCO-listed site was home to Britain’s first-ever hydro-powered silk mill, which was rebuilt in 1910 after a devastating fire.

    Расположение: Silk Mill Lane, Derby DE1 3AF, UK

    Телефон: +44 (0)1332 641901


    Donington Park Circuit

    A historic racetrack with a collection of cool cars

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    Donington Park Circuit in Derby attracts motorsport enthusiasts year-round – the historic site dates back to 1931, serving as Britain’s first racetrack. It then hosted the Donington Grand Prix in 1935 before being converted into a storage depot during WWII. In the 70s, the site made a comeback and later hosted the 1993 F1 European Grand Prix.

    Don’t worry if you can’t make it on a track-day because the permanent Grand Prix Collection is well worth a look. Inside, you’ll find an assortment of powerful McLaren F1 cars, a few charming vintage Vanwalls, and Michael Schumacher’s winning Ferrari F2000, among other famous automobiles. 

    Расположение: Donington Park, Castle Donington, Derby DE74 2RP, UK

    Телефон: +44 (0)1332 810048


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    East Midlands Aeropark

    An awesome aviation museum by the airport

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    The East Midlands Aeropark is an aviation enthusiast’s delight with a collection of fascinating aeroplanes on display, both old and new. The museum resides on the edge of the East Midlands Airport, and plane spotters can watch commercial aircraft take-off and land from a nearby viewing platform.

    The area has indoor and outdoor exhibits, with an impressive selection of restored vintage aircraft on display. Of the 30 or so aeroplanes on show at any given time, the Armstrong Whitworth AW.660 Argosy tends to pull the biggest crowds. Several times a year, the aeropark puts on an open cockpit day that allows kids (and the young at heart) to sit in the pilot seat of their favourite flying machine.

    Расположение: Hill Top, Castle Donington, Derby DE74 2PR, UK

    Телефон: +44 (0)1332 850463


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    Markeaton Park

    An amusement park set in a lovely rural estate

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    The fun-filled Markeaton Park draws in over a million visitors each year with its tempting selection of activities and games. Set in a lush 207-acre estate on the city outskirts, it’s a picturesque place to enjoy a family day out. The original 18th-century orangery is a blast from the past, currently housing a cafe surrounded by well-manicured gardens.

    Of course, Markeaton Park's main drawcard is the games, of which there’s enough variety to keep all ages entertained. A bouncy castle, donkey rides, paddling pool, pitch and putt, boating lake, and high rope course are just some of the many activities on offer. Entry is free, but you’ll have to fork out for each attraction.

    Расположение: Markeaton Ln, Derby DE22 4AA, UK

    Часы работы: Daily from 8 am to 6 pm

    Телефон: +44 (0)1332 293111


    Market Hall

    A bustling local market with impressive architecture

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    The grandiose Market Hall is a must-visit in Derby, even if you're not planning to do any actual shopping. Established the mid-19th century, the enormous hall is famed for its cylindrical glass ceiling. A series of charming galleries overlook the main trading floor and house its most upmarket stores.

    Inside, vendors ply a variety of wares, from fresh produce sourced from local farms to knick-knacks and artisanal goods. Don’t leave without savouring a pyclet, a traditional Derbyshire dish similar to a crumpet, and comes with a choice of sweet or savoury toppings.

    Расположение: Tennant St, Derby DE1 2DB, UK

    Часы работы: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Телефон: +44 (0)1332 643344


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    Pickford’s House Museum

    A timewarp to the late 18th century

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    The Pickford House Museum brings you back to the late 18th century through an eclectic exhibition of architecture and artefacts. The house itself was constructed by esteemed local architect Joseph Pickford in a classic Georgian style, and once served as his family home.

    The 4-storey building is fitted with the lavish decor of the era, while a team of enthusiastic guides don costumes to enhance the experience. Down below, the basement has been preserved from its time as a WWII bomb shelter, while a fascinating collection of miniature model toys keep the kids entertained. Entry is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.

    Расположение: 41 Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1DA, UK

    Телефон: +44 (0)1332 715181


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    The Flowerpot

    A lively real ale bar with excellent live performances

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    The Flowerpot is the best spot to go to top off a hard day of sightseeing in Derby with a nice pint of lager. This popular local pub has a 14-strong selection of real ales, a hearty style of unfiltered beer that’s hand-pulled from a cellar downstairs.

    The Flowerpot packs out with punters for its nightly live performances. Acoustic musicians belt out soulful tunes on weeknights, and then on weekends, the tempo gets more upbeat as rock bands take the stage. Save some room for a classic British pub feed – you can’t go wrong with their bangers and mash.

    Расположение: 19-25 King St, Derby DE1 3DZ, UK

    Телефон: +44 (0)1332 204955


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