Attractions, places to visit and things to do in Derby

Derby Guide - Attractions, places to visit and things to do in Derby

Attractions, places to visit and things to do in Derby

Derby Cathedral

The splendid 16th century tower, built in the reign of Henry viii is still a characteristic landmark in the city. Completed about 1530 it was incorporated into the present building in 1725 when the medieval church was largely demolished. The architect of the new church was James Gibbs and the builder was a Francis Smith of Warwick. The tower is 212ft to the top of the pinnacles and there are 189 steps to the roof. It is open on certain days throughout the year and by special arrangement. More on Derby Cathedral at Derby Cathedral

Derby Markets

The INTU centre replaced the former Eagle Centre. Open every day, INTU Derby is an all-weather shopping mall, located off St Peter's Street and London Road .

Derby Market Hall is an indoor market (open Mon-Sat) selling clothes, fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and sweets.

A farmers' market is held in Market Place on the third Thursday of every month.

Derby Shopping

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Derby Parks

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Museums and Art Galleries in Derby

Museums and Art Galleries in Derby

Pickford's House Museum of Georgian Life and Costume

41 Friar Gate
Derby DE1 1DA
Tel: 01332 641901

The displays include room settings of the Georgian period, about 1800 -1810, and a formal garden of the period is recreated outside.

You can see the ground floor dining room, drawing room and morning room as they might have beenin Joseph Pickford's time. A Georgian bedroom and dressing room have been recreated on the first floor, while on the top floor there is a servant's bedroom complete with straw mattress.

The kitchen and laundry have been reconstructed, together with a cellar, pantry and housekeeper's cupboard, so that visitors can get an idea of what life was like for the servants working below stairs in Georgian times. One of the cellars is equipped as an air-raid shelter of the 1940s.

The upper floors feature displays of toys and toy theatres, and several rooms showing some of the Museum's excellent collection of historic costumes and textiles.

Free entry
Tuesday – Saturday 10.00 – 5.00

Pickford's House Museum
Pickford's House Museum
Derby Industrial  Museum
Derby Industrial Museum

The Silk Mill - Derby's Museum of Industry and History

Full Street
Derby DE1 3AF
Tel: 01332 641901

Derby Industrial Museum is on the site of the world's oldest factories, the Silk Mills built by George Sorocold in 1702 and 1717. The foundations and parts of the tower from the 1717 mill are still visible.

The displays tell the story of the industrial heritage and achievement of Derby and its people. There is a special emphasis on the development of Rolls-Royce aero engines and the railway industry. Other displays cover local industries such as mining, pottery and foundry work. The Power Gallery covers the story of motive power in industry with hands-on exhibits.

There is an area devoted to regularly-changing temporary exhibitions, and a programme of educational activities.
Silk Mill Opening Times

Derby Museum & Art Gallery The Strand
Derby DE1 1BS
tel: 01332 641901

Derby Museum and Art Gallery houses a wide range of important and attractive collections, covering porcelain, paintings, archaeology, history, local regiments, geology and wildlife. Paintings by the celebrated 18th Century Derby artist Joseph Wright, A.R.A. (1734-97) include portraits, landscapes, subjects from literature and scenes of industry and scientific equipment that represent this exciting period of pioneering discovery. This is the largest collection of the artist's work in any public gallery in the world. View some Wrights

The Museum’s collection of fine Derby porcelain, produced in the city since c.1750, is of international importance.

The Archaeology Gallery contains local material from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages, with several fine Anglo-Saxon crosses and a splendid sarcophagus. There are also two Egyptian mummies.

The Military Gallery tells the stories of local regiments such as the 9th/12th Royal Lancers, the Derbyshire Yeomanry and the Sherwood Foresters, with information available on a touch-screen computer.

The reconstructed Bonnie Prince Charlie Room commemorates Derby’s role in the 1745 Jacobite uprising complete with a figure of the Prince himself telling the tale of his doomed attempt to seize the throne.

Derbyshire geology and wildlife feature in the Museum’s latest displays, with a Time Tunnel, walk-in cave, hands-on exhibits, discovery area and a stunning series of reconstructed natural settings with typical Derbyshire wildlife.

The Museum’s exciting and varied temporary exhibition programme provides about twenty regularly changing shows a year. There is also a schools service, holiday activities for all ages, and a museum shop selling an attractive range of souvenirs, slides, postcards and books on local topics.

Free entry
Tuesday – Saturday 10.00 – 5.00 pm
Sunday 12.00 – 4.00 pm

Royal Crown Derby

With a museum, factory tours, a super factory shop and a restaurant serving a wide range of delicious food, a visit to Royal Crown Derby is a great day out. See Royal Crown Derby

Kedleston Hall

The National Trust owned Kedleston Hall was built under the orders of architect Robert Adam’s and is no less than breathtaking. Not only is the building of interest but Kedleston Hall also contains a range of interesting artwork in the form of both paintings and sculpture, as well as 800 acres of glorious parkland to enjoy. See Kedleston Hall

Attractions throughout Derbyshire and the Peak District

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Museums in Derbyshire

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