Derby has really come into its own in recent years, with the vast intu Derby shopping centre and the development of the Cathedral Quarter. This city is a key location in trentbarton land and one of our favourite quality shopping destinations, with a really good restaurant and bar scene, and plenty to keep visitors entertained, whatever their interests.
The QUAD Cinema and Arts Centre is one of the newer cultural additions to the city, and it’s provided a central hub for accessible arts, that all ages can enjoy. With a gallery, cinema screens, café bar and workshops, QUAD has played a huge part in elevating Derby’s status as a city of culture.
The theatre scene in Derby is also going strong, with Derby Theatre being newly revamped, and The Assembly Rooms and Guildhall Theatres continuing with quality programmes of music, drama, dance and comedy.
Derby has really upped its game when it comes to shopping with the opening of the intu Derby shopping centre. Now you have all your high street favourites under one roof, including Debenhams, M&S and Next, as well as numerous places to stop for a meal, treat or drink. intu's shopping centre is particularly child friendly, with a soft play area and dedicated baby changing and feeding room. And it sits right next to the bus station, so it couldn’t be more convenient.
For a more individual shopping experience, head up to the boutiques and independent stores of the Cathedral Quarter. Browse cobbled Sadler Gate or browse the Bennetts department store for high-end homeware, designer clothing and quality foodie stuff.
Derby’s indoor market hall is a fantastic place to find really good local fayre, as well as handmade crafts and home essentials, so be sure to pop in to peruse the goods on offer.
Derby is a fantastic city, made even better by recent regeneration –not least the new bus station where most of our buses drop you off.
The city centre is quite compact, making it easy to cram a lot into one visit.
See a show, have a bite and shop till you drop - or do all three! - on a really good trip to Derby.
Derby boasts some fantastic places to eat, with Friar Gate being a particularly good place to head for a bite. Choose from the truly excellent, classic-Gastro-with-a-modern-twist meals at Graze (we’ve never had nothing less than a brilliant evening there) or the typically French Le Bistrot Pierre.
Then there’s the ever-so-slightly more formal affair at Zest on George Street for quality British dining or, if you fancy turning up the heat, The Spice Lounge is one of our favourites for Indian cuisine. All of these places dominate the local food awards that they each have little room left on the mantelpiece, so you can be assured of a great dining out experience.
Or, why not follow in HRH The Queen’s footsteps and take lunch or afternoon tea at Opulence in the Cathedral Quarter Hotel?
Whereas at one time, Derby had no city centre cinema, it now has two to choose from! See the latest big name blockbusters at the Showcase de Lux in the intu Derby shopping centre, or catch a more selective programme of quality films at the Quad Cinema on the Market Square.
Skate and scooter mad kids will love The Derby Skatepark Project at Bass Recreation Ground. There’s a smaller skate park at Markeaton Park too.
Markeaton Park is the place everyone in Derby heads to on a sunny day, with the allestree or swift running regularly between there and the city centre. Enjoy a riverside picnic, go boating on the lake, and let the kids have fun in the playgrounds for the perfect family day out. During the summer season, the Mundy play centre opens up in Markeaton Park, with paddling pool, bouncy castle, motorbikes, donkey rides, crazy golf and more! There’s the Craft Village too to keep the adults happy and the little railway for the big kids too.