Home of the Industrial Revolution and located in the heart of England, Derby is a city with ancient history and modern culture. Derby lies on the banks of the River Derwent, in southern Derbyshire. It is accessible from the infamous M1 from the north or south, or the A50 east to west.
Derby and Derbyshire were among the centres of Britain’s Industrial Revolution. In 1717, Derby was the site of the first water-powered silk mill in Britain, built by John Lombe and George Sorocold.
In many ways, Derby has been defined by industry. In its buildings, its local art and in the minds of its people. And this tradition has continued to the modern age.
Derby is home to a Rolls-Royce car and aircraft factory, as well as a prominent railway manufacturing centre. All this industry naturally makes the city a Labour party political stronghold.
Derby is the UK’s most central city. This makes it a great place for a cultural break and a great base to explore nearby Peak District. The Derby Silk Mill museum highlights the rich industrial history of the city and is a must for any visitors.
In the northwest, Markeaton Park offers a craft village and a boating lake. While west of the river you will find Derby’s best cultural attractions: The Derby Museum and Art Gallery, home to Joseph Wright paintings, and the Gothic Derby Cathedral.
Southeast along the river, Derby County Football Club plays at Pride Park. Derby also has a range of festivals all year round. With cultural diversions such as the Photography and Film Festivals, to the CAMRA Beer Festival, Derby has something for everyone.