Top things to do in Derby

Claire Small
Authored by Claire Small
Posted Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 3:48pm

Derby is a great place to take a city break. This location not only has a wide selection of things to do and see, but it’s also an excellent base for exploring further afield into the Peak District and surrounding Derbyshire countryside. So if you’re thinking about visiting the area, here are some of the top spots to check out on your stay.

Made in Derby Augmented Reality Trail

Across the city, there are a variety of mosaic and cast iron plaques in prominent and well-known locations. These mark the spot of people who had a significant influence on the city and made it what it is today. It’s easy to follow along with the Made in Derby app. Plus, the use of Augmented Reality guides you through the history, science, and sports trailblazers of Derby.

Stop for an American bite to eat

There are numerous places to eat in the city, but Annies Burger Shack in Derby tops the list for delicious and hearty meals. There are all the classics under one roof, plus you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner options for a great price. This independent restaurant boasts a slice of New England cuisine and plenty of US favourites. It is the ideal place to refuel while exploring the city. It also bagged Best International restaurant at the Derby Food & Drink Awards 2019, so make sure you don’t miss Annies Burger Shack Derby restaurant.

Admire the automobile and aviation heritage at Rolls Royce Heritage Centre

The iconic brand Rolls Royce has been based in Derby since 1908. It has a long history with the city and is proud to showcase a selection of exhibitions at the Heritage Centre. You’ll enjoy an immersive experience learning about the history of this brand. Plus, many tours around Derby include a visit to the centre.

Visit National Trust properties

Derbyshire has a stunning selection of National Trust properties to explore. Each location showcases historic splendour and is set within acres of pristine gardens and protected landscapes. Many of the properties in the area are suitable for families, and some allow dogs on leads within the grounds. Some examples of popular places to visit in the National Trust portfolio include Calke Abbey, Hardwick Hall, and Kedleston Hall.

Enjoy views over Derby at Derby Cathedral

Derby Cathedral is the second tallest perpendicular church tower in England. It’s also home to the oldest ring of ten bells in the world. Due to its height, it also provides a beautiful view of the city. However, you need to climb 189 steps to enjoy the view, but it’s totally worth it!

Try some local tipple at the Peak District’s first craft distillery

The White Peak Distillery is the first of its kind in the region. Founded in 2016, this spot offers a delicious selection of gin, whiskey, and rum in a spectacular location. On your visit, you can take a tour and tasting session. Plus, the site gives you the perfect opportunity to take a walk along the footpaths from Cromford Canal to Cromford Mills.


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