Tourist Information in Derbyshire
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Derby Town Information




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Derby probably developed as a strategic point on the River Derwent where it was possible to cross it by ford. Although it is steeped in history it is one of Britain's youngest cities, being awarded its charter only in 1977.

Its Arboretum was Britain's first public park in 1840 and the city has plenty to see, from the Museum and Art Gallery, which has a unique collection of oil paintings by Joseph Wright, and the Silk Mill, Derby’s Museum of Industry and History. The latter explores the city’s links with Rolls Royce - the famous Silver Ghost was produced in Nightingale Road from 1907 until 1927 and was considered the best production car in the world – as well as the Industrial Revolution.

The Georgian masterpiece Pickford House Museum displays fashion through the ages, while world-famous pottery company Royal Crown Derby has its own visitor centre.

Silk Mill Museum
Silk Mill Museum -
Photo: Derby Tourism

Iron Gate Cathedral
Derby Cathedral -
Photo: Derby Tourism

 

River Derwent Council House
River Derwent and Council House, Derby -
Photo: Derby Tourism


Royal Crown Derby Hand
Royal Crown Derby, Hand Guilding - Photo: Derby Tourism


The Georgian masterpiece Pickford House Museum displays fashion through the ages, while world-famous pottery company Royal Crown Derby has its own visitor centre.

The city’s striking cathedral was built in the Middle Ages but was so dilapidated by the 18th century that the vicar, the Rev. Michael Hutchinson, had it rebuilt based on a design by James Gibbs, although its 16th century tower has survived.

One of Derby’s most famous sons was Erasmus Darwin who lived in Full Street. His grandsons were the famous naturalist Charles Darwin and the biologist Francis Galton.

In 1745 Derby was the last English town visited by Bonnie Prince Charlie as he led a 6,500-strong army down from Scotland in his ill-fated attempt to claim the throne.