Travelling around Derby
There’s plenty to see and do in the friendly East Midlands city of Derby. While it may be one of the furthest points from the sea in the UK, what it lacks in coastline, it more than makes up for in excellent parkland. Derby’s Arboretum Park is England’s first public park and was supposedly the inspiration for New York’s Central Park.
And that’s not all, lovers of the great outdoors will find plenty of places to walk and explore nature. Boasting a rather impressive 14 museums, Derby is also a great spot to learn about the region’s industrial past, so history buffs will be very happy here.
With great rail connections to Birmingham, London and Manchester (one of the perks of being in the centre of the UK), Derby has unrivalled transport links. Getting around the city is a piece of cake too, thanks to the regular Arriva bus services, and there are routes that travel to Burton Upon Trent, Swadlincote and many more places besides.
Derby’s stunning cathedral is a Grade I listed building and well worth a visit at any time of year. With the second highest perpendicular church tower in England, this glorious example of architecture is a fascinating place to visit. Look out for the family of peregrine falcons that call the place home. They can regularly be spotted taking to the skies; in fact, there’s even a webcam dedicated to them!
While there is history, architecture and fascinating museums in abundance in Derby, there’s something for the modern visitor too! The intu shopping centre has over 200 shops, including Debenhams, Topshop and an M&S, but that’s not all. This light and airy mall also contains a Hollywood Bowl, an indoor crazy golf course, a Showcase cinema and Derby Theatre! There are plenty of restaurants and bars here too so the whole family can be entertained at any time of day.