Derby

Having been described as “the city of festivals” by the Financial Times, this gives some indication to the vitality and energy that can be found in Derby. Located centrally in the UK, it is easily accessible to all meaning everyone is able to sample the cultural fun and entertainment that is to be found in Derby.

One of Derby’s biggest hotspot is the Cathedral Quarter whose name is indicative of the heritage that is to be discovered, although it does not necessarily allude to the finest shops and restaurants that are also located there and are waiting for your custom. It is truly the heart beat of the city and as a result, whether you venture there for some retail therapy; a sumptuous bite to eat or some cultural enlightenment, you will find it all. Particular highlights include the museums and art galleries you can find there amongst the buzzing music scene; complete with dance and live gigs.

Rising above all however is the staggering beauty of the gothic Derby Cathedral which is home to the oldest set of 10 bells in the world as well as a family of peregrine falcons. The falcons have resided there for many a year and to this day remain a prime attraction for nature and bird enthusiasts. The Cathedral is truly visually stunning as are the views of Derby and its local counties that it affords once you beat the adventurous trek up 189 steps. For another dominating historical attraction, look no further than the location of the world’s first factory: Derby Silk Mill. The Silk Mill stands as entrance to a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers collections and archives that are currently being updated to make for the most authentic experience.

A particular cultural draw to Derby is the Derby Museum & Art Gallery due to it being the esteemed residence of the largest collection of Joseph Wright Paintings in the world, one of the most highly regarded British artists in the 18th century due to his vibrant imagination and creative use of light. Other treasures to be found include key Derby artefacts and most attention grabbing of all, an Egyptian Mummy.

Derby is not your traditional shopping haven (for a more contemporary shopping experience, intu Derby is one of the headlining attractions on the East Midland’s retail scene which is no surprise considering it encompasses over 160 stores), but it is made all the more atmospheric and pleasant due to its quaint historic streets and architecture that are lined by well-known brands, unique independents, welcoming market stalls and continental cafes. Prime shopping areas include the Cathedral Quarter as well as St. Peter’s Quarters where many a family business operates as do a plethora of cafes and coffee houses. Likewise, for the ultimate bargain hunting experience, look no further than the purpose-built Derby Market Hall which presents an eclectic range of unusual and traditional stores and stalls against a scenic bustling, historic backdrop.

While these areas may sound like charming, tranquil locations that are perfect for a leisurely stroll or retail experience by day; that does not stop them from coming to life at night also.  The Cathedral Quarter equally doubles up as a vibrant nightlife scene that is resplendent with pubs, restaurants, bars and clubs meaning whatever your preferences or budget, there is something to appease everyone. Nothing epitomises Derby’s vibrant entertainment scene quite like its effervescent collection of festivals which include the renowned Download Festival, Derby Comedy Festival, Derby Food & Drink Festival and the Derby Summer Beer Festival. For year-round entertainment from the musical, comedy & sports worlds, Derby Guildhall Theatre, Derby Arena and Derby Theatre all provide the perfect locations for a night out.

From ghost tours to Real Ale Tours, Derby has everything covered for an scenic, historic yet dynamic break and it is unquestionable that more than one night is needed there to fully soak in the positive energy. Similarly, Derby is not just for leisure as reflected from the fact that it has been involved in business since the industrial revolution to the digital revolution. Its status as a thriving business spot can be reflected in that it is the world headquarters of Rolls-Royce’s civil aerospace operations and it is the base for Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK). Therefore, whether it is for business or leisure, there is always a reason to visit Derby.