City of Derby
Derby is famed for being the most central city in the UK. It is also one of the most vibrant and exciting locations in the country, boasting a range of great attractions and a welcoming atmosphere that visitors can enjoy year-round.
A Historical Gem
Walking around Derby reveals a historical treasure trove that reflects the area’s fascinating past. There has been a settlement here for nearly 2000 years, and it has been home to The Cathedral of All Saints since 943. However, it was the Industrial Revolution that really shaped the city into what it is today.
Derby was home to the world’s first ever factory and is recognised as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. The period brought prosperity to the town, turning Derby into a centre of manufacturing. This history can be soaked up at many of the museums or by simply walking along the attractive streets in the city centre.
Vibrant Cathedral Quarter
The Cathedral Quarter lies at the heart of Derby and cannot be missed on a visit here. During the day, the area is a bustling hive of leisure activities and shopping, packed with great high street fashion outlets and interesting boutiques. By night, the area becomes a centre of the city’s culture and nightlife scene as the sound of live music and laughter rings through the streets.
Discovering the Area
Derby and the surrounding area offers plenty of things to do and fun places to explore. Visit Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site, take a spooky ghost tour, or journey a little outside the city for the Grand Prix Exhibition at Donnington Castle and East Midland Aeropark.
When staying at the Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport, this is one of the many fantastic places to spend a day whilst in this region. From here, Leicester and Nottingham are also within easy reach and make for great day trips. In addition, the airport is conveniently situated on your doorstep, ideal for reaching the region.