The Jewel of the Midlands: A Day in Derby
The city of Derby is steeped in heritage and history still present in the gorgeous architecture and traditional culture of the area. Locals welcome visitors like estranged family members and the convivial atmosphere of the centre makes Derby a difficult place to depart; the combination of contemporary culture, a dazzling dining scene and intriguing history ensures visitors enjoy a delightful discover of the East Midlands most cosmopolitan city.
Explore the Charming Cathedral Quarter
Visitors from every corner of the country flock to enjoy the rich shopping opportunities found in Derby's gorgeous Cathedral Quarter. The quarter houses a labyrinth of antique arcades and hidden entrances that house a myriad of bespoke boutiques, swanky bars and quaint cafés; it's a wonderful place to enjoy a delicate cup of tea and fresh cream cake. Next, take the short stroll down to Derby's Museum and Art Gallery, which houses both the largest collection of Joseph Wright paintings in the world and an Egyptian mummy! The exuberant exhibition is an aesthetic delight due to it's historic artefacts, delicate porcelain and art from local, contemporary artists. A visit to Derby's majestic Cathedral is an integral feature on every visitor’s itinerary; the spellbinding structure houses the oldest set of bells in the world, and lucky visitors can hear their melodious chimes at regular intervals. Descend into the subterranean depths of the crypt to visit the atmospheric tomb of Bess of Hardwick before becoming acquainted with the family of peregrine falcons that call the cathedral home. Raise your eyes skywards to enjoy aerial displays from these magnificent birds of prey.
Pints of Plenty
Derby is hailed as one of the best places to drink real ale in the entire world, so sampling the smooth beverages is a must during your visit. The Tap Real Ale Pub is a traditional pub dedicated to serving locally brewed and wholly satisfying pints of real ale; the interminable Victorian ceilings, exposed brickwork and original wooden floors of the interior create an authentic atmosphere perfect for enjoying renowned Legendary Rack, a selection of ales accompanied by locally sourced cheese. The pub's enviable location beside the river means visitors can also enjoy views of the glittering River Trent while they sip. For lunch, the vintage glamour of the Pitcher and Piano awaits; located upon the sophisticated street of Friargate, the bar and restaurant serves delicious sharing platters upon it's impeccably chic roof terrace – the halloumi and chorizo skewers are guaranteed to please both pocket and palate.
The Dead Centre of England
Derby is officially one of the United Kingdom's most haunted cities, so dare to discover the city's bloody history and supernatural sightings upon a night time Ghost Walk. The tour begins in the archaic Bell Hotel and journeys past the Victorian Jail, haunted cottages and then descends into the subterranean depths of the Guildhall. It is a spine chilling exploration of Derby's intriguing past that will leave your heart pumping and teeth chattering! Calm your nerves with a crisp glass of Chardonnay in the Shakespeare on Saddlegate for a calming conclusion to your delightful day.