It's all over the news that there's a Staycation Boom! You don’t necessarily need to go far for a rewarding adventure. Why not experience Derby, which is full of culture, history and has a fab food scene.
Firstly getting to Derby
- Derby is the UK's most central city, which means it is easily accessible whether you are travelling by car, train, plane or bus.
- Derby is just 15 minutes from the M1 junction 24 - accessible via the A6, A50, A38 and A52.
- East Midlands Airport to Derby - 20 minutes’ drive via the A50 by car, or there's the regular Skylink bus which takes 35 minutes.
- East Midlands Train - Derby is only 93 minutes from London St Pancras. Journeys take less than 30 minutes if you are travelling from Nottingham, Leicester and Birmingham.
Must do's in Derby
Make sure you squeeze these in if you’re ever in Derby for a weekend trip!
Take a walk through the historic Cathedral Quarter and stop at Derby Cathedral My first sighting of Derby Cathedral, this fabulous landmark was as I walked through the historic Cathedral Quarter. Worship has been offered on this site for more than a thousand years, and this building goes back nearly three hundred years, with a tower which is considerably older.
I'm not the biggest fan of visiting Cathedrals but I found Derby Cathedral has a great mix of history and, well, the quirky to keep everyone interested. For example, did you know that Derby Cathedral's oldest bell is nearly 500 years old, or that Derby Cathedral is home to two Peregrine Falcons which nest on the wall and there's actually a webcam so you can view the new chicks. There's an official blog where you can follow their progress - http://www.derbyperegrines.blogspot.com
Don't miss out, you can book a tour to the top of the tower and have the opportunity to climb one of the tallest church towers in England, at 212 feet, and don't miss out on catching a glimpse of the beautiful views of Derby.
Explore your curiosity at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery
It’s easy to spend a few hours at Derby Museum and Art Gallery. It’s a top choice if you’re visiting as a family as there's plenty of interactive elements. Or if you fancy a day out with your friends or wanting some me time … its perfect for some artistic inspiration.
It is home to a fascinating range of nationally important collections, including the world’s largest collection of artwork by the 18th Century internationally renowned artist Joseph Wright of Derby.
Much of Wright's work is associated with the Industrial Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment.
If this doesn't take your fancy, there is a fascinating wide range of nationally important collections, including Derby's famous porcelain collection and history.
Discover the architectural gem that is Pickford's House
Pickford's House is a wonderful 18th century home, an architectural gem which can be found in Friar Gate. This family home of Georgian architect Joseph Pickford contains period rooms illustrating aspects of domestic life from the 18th to 20th centuries. Pickford’s House is a showcase of his skills as an architect, which remains for us to enjoy today.
Also, don't miss out on the top floor there's an amazing collection of toy and model theatres from the Frank Bradley Collection, which is one of the largest toy theatre collections in the country. You will be able to see the enchanting scenes from ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Treasure Island’, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and ‘Aladdin’ which are amongst the 24 exquisite theatres on display.
The history isn’t only contained within its walls – there’s a small Georgian garden at the back of the house too.
And lastly don't forget to grab a pint or two of real ale at the Brewery Tap
The Brewery Tap is a traditional pub with a huge selection of real ales, everything from cask to can from breweries across the UK and the world. I got lucky enough to have some tasters from this huge selection. I particularly enjoyed the wide variety of Derby Brewing Co. ales that were available.
There’s also a range of spirits and wines for anyone who doesn’t fancy a pint!
If you’re lucky enough to visit in the summer, I would recommend getting a seat on the fabulous rooftop area.
And of course I've left the best until last, if you’re a big foodie like me you'll want to visit some of the independent places in Derby!
Why not start the day off properly with a fresh, breakfast treat at - Grand Café Caruso - you can read more about the Italian brothers that run this café here. I would definitely recommend trying the waffles and Vanilla milkshake!
Take a break from all the sightseeing and spoil yourself with lunch at - The Palfrey.
If you have a sweet tooth like me, you will want to give the sticky toffee pudding a try. Also worth knowing that they do an amazing 'Pie Night Takeaway', I'd recommend the beef and red wine pie with triple cooked chips!
My favourite of all places is Bustlers Market. Bustler's Market is in the heart of Derby's industrial quarter, and has undergone a big renovation so it's now three times bigger than its previous location. They have a great selection of food including vegan and gluten free options. Also, plenty of craft beers and cocktails to choose from.
There's a number of different traders, so a great selection of mouth-watering food. I would definitely recommend trying a few dishes from the 'English Indian'. Read more about it at Marketing Derby.
Need somewhere to stay whilst away adventuring in Derby?
Why not give Pride Apartments a call, my weekend away in Derby wouldn’t have been as enjoyable and relaxing had it not been for their hospitality. Pride Apartments is a family run business, based in central Derby, which makes all these ‘Top Picks’ in Derby very easily accessible.
The apartments are super spacious and there’s the option of double rooms and twin rooms, they can cater for up to six in one apartment. Each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, its own laundry area and a living room with a smart TV including Netflix, which was superb as I didn’t have to miss Bridgerton, once we got back from all that sightseeing – truly a home away from home, but much better!
It was also contactless check in which was very handy as we arrived really late on a Friday night. We had a text with the codes needed for the main gate and the apartment, and it was as simple as that.
There are loads of great free extras too:
- Free Wifi
- Free Netflix
- Free, gated car parking
- Complimentary drinks
The owner, Jas, was great too. I found it easy to just drop him a text during our stay if there was anything that was required or we were unsure about and he’d respond quickly.
If you’re interested in staying in Derby and need some spacious accommodation, give Jas at Pride Apartments a call on 01332 5100, as you will get the best price possible if you Book Direct.
So as you can tell there’s plenty to do, see and eat in this City! Get that Staycation booked!
Have you been to Derby? Let me know of any good spots I missed.