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Located on the outskirts of the beautiful Derbyshire hills, not far from the Peak District National Park, Derby is one of England’s busiest urban centres. However, it’s the city’s historic transformation from market town to manufacturing centre during the industrial revolution that truly makes Derby so impressive. Everything from textiles to aircrafts have been made here, and while the industrial powerhouses have since moved out, today Derby is home to a thriving festival scene that spans live music, theatre and food. If you are looking for hotels in Derby, Jurys Inn Derby is located in the beautiful cathedral quarter.
Get your bearings
A visit to Derby wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Markeaton Park, a beautiful green area that’s one of the most popular weekend destinations in the East Midlands. Having undergone a number of facelifts over the years, it’s best known for its Grade II listed orangery and craft village, where silversmiths sell handmade jewellery and craftspeople produce bespoke garden furniture. Next door, the cafe specialises in cakes made from locally sourced ingredients.
Derby has a lively arts scene, with everything from comedy nights to live theatre happening across the city. Highlights include the Derby Theatre, which showcases work written and performed by up-and-coming actors and playwrights, and The Venue, a pub that promotes emerging artists (previous performers include Wolf Alice and Fat White Family). If you’re hungry after a gig, Derby’s vibrant dining scene ranges from European-inspired plates at The Wonky Table to healthy comfort food at Blacksmiths Loft, with plenty of cafes and street food in between.
While you’re there
Head to Derby Museum & Art Gallery for a fascinating look at the city’s rich manufacturing history. The ceramics room showcases a series of delicate porcelain items made in Derbyshire from the 17th century onwards, while a few rooms down sees the world’s largest collection of Joseph Wright paintings, himself a Derby local.