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Points of Interest: Derby
Derby, a city in Derbyshire, sits on the banks of the River Derwent. As one of the UK’s most central cities, it boasts a number of great transport links and is a great base for those who wish to explore the delights of the nearby Peak District.
The area boasts a rich heritage and was originally settled in by the Romans. This quaint market town went on to expand greatly in the Industrial era and is said to be one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution. It later became a centre for the British rail industry and to this day, is home the second largest aero-engine manufacturer in the world – Rolls Royce. This vibrant, multi-cultural city currently has a population of around 250,000 people.
Derby is a popular place to visit all year round and offers an abundance of picturesque scenery, an exciting calendar of events and an assortment of cultural hot spots. Other attractions include a wide array of eateries, pubs, clubs, idyllic parks and vast open spaces. Derby’s energetic cultural scene is also growing and establishments such as the Derby Art Gallery, the Roundhouse historic building and the Derby Arboretum are all close by.
It’s also home to a shopping hub in the shape of the famous Intu Centre, offering both high street and designer brands, as well as an array of cafes, restaurants and leisure facilities. The Westfield Centre is also close by and asides from its many shops, it boasts a 12-screen cinema featuring 2,600 seats.
Derby is popular with foodies too and many flock to the Cathedral Quarter to sample an assortment of dishes every day of the week. Home to an exciting mix of independent eateries, niche cafes, quality restaurants and cosmopolitan bars, it’s well liked by both locals and tourists.