Derby has a compact layout that makes it ideal to explore on foot. Take a stroll around the Cathedral Quarter, which offers an unusual shopping experience,e with its streets lined with historic buildings, arcades and hidden entrances. In this area you can also find QUAD, a brand new gallery, cinema and arts workshop. There’s also a range of bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants to suit all tastes.
Derby Museum and Art Gallery is free to enter and has a range of collections including paintings, archaeology, history and wildlife. Pickford’s House Museum is also free, where you can see a Georgian house decorated as it would have been at the time. There is also a collection of historical clothes and costumes.
Derby has been described as a city in the countryside on account of its 300 green spaces, not least the Derby Arboretum, the first public park in England. The Derwent Valley Mills is a World Heritage Site and the birthplace of the modern factory system. You can wander along the riverside in this beautiful valley and visit the Industrial Museum to learn more about its fantastic history.