Derby offers the best of both worlds – friendly, vibrant city life right on the doorstep of glorious Derbyshire & Peak District countryside making it a Great Place to stay and a Great Base for exploring further afield.
Derby’s old Cathedral Quarter shows the natural spirit of the city with independent boutiques, quirky gift shops, bistros, coffee shops and Bennetts Department store (dating back to 1734!) dotted along the cobbled streets. Derby Museum and Art Gallery is also based in this side of the city – home to the world’s largest collection of Joseph Wright paintings. You need to see them in the flesh to appreciate just how stunning they are. The light is captured so perfectly, you almost think the scenes are going to come to life!
Just a short stroll across the city along the pedestrianised walkways, you’ll discover the indoor retail world of intu Derby. No need to worry about the weather soaking any shopping bags here! You’ll find the main high street stores merged in between more independent retailers. Plenty of refreshment stops here too – including the open-plan ‘Eat Central’ dining area where you’re literally surrounded by the flavours of the world.
If you’re into real ale, you’re in the right place. Derby is truly the real ale capital of England with 14 micro-breweries and around 110 pubs making this the ‘best place to drink real ale in the world’ according to Lonely Planet. Winter and Summer beer festivals attract thousands of visitors each year. The compact layout of the city centre makes for great pub crawl territory! There are plenty of hotels and cosy B&Bs to stay over to enjoy a few brews too.
Derby is also the most haunted city in England. The ghost walks are legendary and take you underground along the Guildhall tunnels during a fright-packed discovery of the city’s spooky sites. Public hangings, deadly dungeons, cursed skulls and overnight vigils – it’s all here to discover if you dare.
If cycling is your thing, you will be impressed by Derby’s two-wheeled appeal. Home to the UK’s newest and most central velodrome at Derby Arena, this UFO like building reflects the gold, silver and bronze legacy of the Olympics and all the buzz and excitement of those gripping track events. You can have a go yourself and literally ride in the tracks of Sir Bradley Wiggins during a taster session and see if your leg muscles are up to the job of riding the 49 degree point of this Siberian spruce circuit. Many of the city hotels are cycle friendly, so you can bring your own bike to enjoy a ride out into the Peak District if the great outdoors is more your scene.
All in all, Derby has it all! Easy to get to by any mode of transport as it’s the UK’s most central city and renowned for being a ‘good value for money’ city too, even your wallet will approve.
What are you waiting for? Visit Derby soon!
Information Courtest of – www.visitderby.co.uk
Tel: Derby Sales & Information Centre – 01332 643411
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