The UK's most central city is also one of its most welcoming, enticing visitors from all quarters with its rich, diverse culture and close proximity to the nearby Peak District. Located on the River Derwent, Derby is the birthplace of Britain's Industrial Revolution, with the nation's inaugural factories built here. Today, Rolls Royce manufacturing, Royal Crown Derby porcelain and railway engineering carry on that industrial heritage. The city's thriving cafe culture, galleries, museums and theatres also make it an entertainment hub for all.
If shopping is your thing then head to the excellent Westfield Centre, which attracts visitors from all over the UK. If you like to window shop, the Cathedral Quarter has a fabulous mix of top-notch brands and independent retailers. For culture vultures, the Derby Art Gallery has one of the best collections of paintings by Derby-born Joseph Wright as well as other permanent and temporary exhibitions.
The cultural wing of Derby City Council, Derby LIVE, features a diverse programme of dance, drama, art, music, theatre, comedy and films across numerous venues, including the Derby Arena and Guildhall Theatre. The Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company is a particular favourite for many theatregoers and has received numerous awards for their productions.
Also very popular with locals and visitors alike is the home of The Rams Football Club, Pride Park, which is much more than just a football stadium. The Derby Arena is a multi-use sports and culture venue featuring a 250m indoor cycle track, a world-class gym and a cafe and bar. It's also the city's largest arena for cultural and musical events with space for over 5,000 people. But if you prefer to be outdoors and active, a stroll through the first public park in the country, Derby Arboretum, is truly quite spectacular.