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Getting here

8-minute walk from Derby bus station.

23-minute walk from Derby train station.

More information about Derby

Training in Derby

Derby is a city in Derbyshire, England, as well as a unitary authority region. It is located on the banks of the River Derwent in Derbyshire, which is part of the East Midlands Region. Derby is a centre for innovative transportation production since it is home to Rolls-Royce, the world’s second-biggest aero-engine manufacturer. Bombardier Transportation has a manufacturing site in Derby Litchurch Lane Works, while Toyota Manufacturing UK has its headquarters in Burnaston, southwest of the city.
Photograph of Derby City

Derby City

Travel to and from Derby

Photograph of Merican Way

Merican Way


Derby is well-connected to the rest of the country through public transportation. The M1 motorway runs for about 10 miles east of Derby, linking it to the London region to the south and Sheffield and Leeds to the north.

The city’s final inner ring road, Merican way, opened to traffic last March 16, 2011. This new section joins Burton Road and Uttoxeter New Road, as well as crosses Abbey Street. Mercian Way is only accessible from either of the two ends through Abbey Street.


The Derby railway station is served by East Midlands and Cross Country express trains to London, the Northeast, and the Southwest. There are still small stations at Peartree and Spondon, although services are limited, particularly at the latter.

The Derby Railway’s plan to relocate its headquarters in Derby transformed the city into a major rail hub. When it was opened in 1839, it was one of the largest stations, and it was unique in that it was shared by more than one firm. Until its closure in 1990, Derby Railway Works hosted large carriage and locomotive factories, and the Railway Technical Centre’s Research Division.

Photograph of Derby Railway Station

Derby Railway Station

Photograph of East Midlands Airport

East Midlands Airport


East Midlands Airport is the nearest air transport in Derby city centre. The airport’s intention to prefix its name with Nottingham in 2004 created controversy due to its proximity to Derby, its position in Leicestershire, and the traditional rivalry between the three cities (Derby, Leicester, and Nottingham).

East Midlands Airport is an international airport located in England’s East Midlands. Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland, and Derbyshire are all served by it. The airfield was initially constructed in 1943 as a Royal Air Force station known as RAF Castle Donington before being renovated as a civilian airport in 1965.


The Derby bus station has 29 parking spots, 5 for coaches and 24 for regular bus services. City bus services in and around Derby are provided by Trentbarton and Arriva Midlands. National Express routes go from London to Manchester and from Yorkshire to the Southwest.

The Derby bus station was the country’s first purpose-built bus station. It was designed by the Borough Architect, Charles Herbert Aslin, and opened in 1933. It was the world’s first of its sort, featuring railway-style platforms. It included an art deco cafe and restaurant where The Beatles reportedly dined. The current bus station opened on March 27, 2010, with the first buses departing the next morning. It is the centrepiece of the Riverlights complex, which began in 2007 and took three years to finish.

Photograph of Derby Bus Station

Derby Bus Station

Map showing bus stations in Derby

Things to do in Derby

Derby has had a lot of theatres, The Grand Theatre, which was the most renowned, was established in 1886 and lasted until 1950. This replaced the former Theatre Royal.

Another art and film centre is the QUAD, it was founded in 2008. Two cinema screens display independent and mainstream films, two gallery spaces exhibit contemporary visual arts, a digital studio, participation areas, digital editing suites, an artist’s studio, and the BFI Mediatheque are all part of the building. Every year, QUAD organises the Derby Film Festival, as well as the FORMAT international photography festival, which took place every two years at different venues across the city.

Photograph of Grand Theatre

Grand Theatre

Other theatres in Derby

Derby Theatre

15, Theatre Walk, Derby DE1 2NF, United Kingdom.Phone: 01332 593939

Showcase Cinema de Lux Derby

Level 3 West Mall Intu, Derby DE1 2PQ, United Kingdom.Phone: 01332 258555

Guildhall Theatre

Market Place, Derby DE1 3AE, United Kingdom. Phone: 01332 255800

Razzamataz Theatre School Derby

Deda studios (temporary location, 19 Chapel Street, Derby DE1 3GU, United Kingdom.Phone: 07375 360116

Map showing theatres in Derby

Photograph of Derby Arboretum (Arboretum Park)

Derby Arboretum (Arboretum Park)

Recreational Parks

There are various parks in Derby to visit. The Derby Arboretum was the country’s first planned urban public park, established in 1840 by local donor Joseph Strutt. It has been renovated despite being neglected in the 1990s. It is thought to have influenced New York’s Central Park.

Derby is thought to be one of the countries, if not the, highest-ranking city in terms of parks per capita. Derby’s most popular recreational facility is Markeaton Park. It receives one million visits every year, making it one of the most popular parks in the East Midlands.

Photograph of Markeaton Park

Markeaton Park

Other parks in Derby

Markeaton Park

Markeaton Lane, Derby DE22 4AA, United Kingdom.Phone: 01332 293111

Bass’ Recreation Ground

Meadow Lane, Derby DE1 2BH, United Kingdom.Phone: 01332 640789

Darley Park

Darley Park Road, Darley Abbey, Derby DE22 1DA, United Kingdom.Phone: 01332 640789

Normanton Park

Warwick Avenue, Derby DE23 8DA, United Kingdom.Phone: 01332 766110

Map showing parks in Derby

Shopping and Nightlife

Derby’s main shopping sector is divided into three parts. These are the Cathedral Quarter, St Peters Quarter, and the Derbion Shopping Center. The Cathedral Quarter was Derby’s first BID (Business Improvement District), and it now has a diverse range of businesses, boutiques, coffee shops, and restaurants. The Market Place, Guildhall, and Assembly Rooms are all located here, as are the City Museum and the Silk Mill Industrial Museum.
Photograph of Derby Cathedral Quarter

Derby Cathedral Quarter

Photograph of Derbion Shopping Centre

Derbion Shopping Centre

Derbion is the city’s primary indoor retail mall. After a £340 million addition, it reopened in 2007 as Westfield Derby before being sold to Intu in March 2014. It has a food court as well as a 12-screen cinema that opened in May 2008.

Other shopping centres in Derby

Pear Tree Plaza

Pear Tree Road, Derby DE23 8NQ, United Kingdom.Phone: 07830 479888


London Road, Derby DE1 2PL, United Kingdom.Phone: 01332 366383

Map shopping centres in Derby

Places to stay in Derby

When planning to attend a course in Derby, consider staying at one of the hotels or B&Bs below.


Premier Inn Derby East

Wyvern Court Stanier Way, Wyvern Business Park, Derby DE21 6BF, United Kingdom.Phone: 0333 777 4638

Premier Inn Derby South Hotel

Foresters Leisure Park, Osmaston Park Road, Derby DE23 8AG, United Kingdom.Phone: 0333 777 4641

Jurys Inn Derby

King Street, Derby DE1 3DB, United Kingdom.Phone: 01332 621000

Premier Inn Derby City Centre (Cathedral Quarter) Hotel

Full Street, Derby DE1 3AF, United Kingdom.Phone: 0333 234 6502

Travelodge Derby Pride Park

Prospect Place, Millennium Way, Derby DE24 8HG, United Kingdom.Phone: 0871 984 6434

Holiday Inn Express Derby – Pride Park, an IHG Hotel

Wheelwright Way, Derby DE24 8HX, United Kingdom.Phone: 0371 902 1607

Travelodge Derby Cricket Ground

The County Ground, Nottingham Road, Chaddesden, Derby DE21 6DA, United Kingdom.Phone: 0871 559 1893

Premier Inn Derby West Hotel

Manor Park Way, Uttoxeter New Road, Derby DE22 3HN, United Kingdom.Phone: 0333 777 4642

Derby Mickleover Hotel | Signature Collection by Best Western

Etwall Road, Mickleover, Derby DE3 0XX, United Kingdom.Phone: 0330 028 3404

Premier Inn Derby City Centre (Riverlights) Hotel

Morledge, Derby DE1 2BB, United Kingdom.Phone: 0333 234 6462


Victoria Park Hotel

312 Burton Road, Derby DE23 6AD, United Kingdom.Phone: 01332 341551

Thornhill Lodge Guest House

Thornhill Lodge Guest House, 6 – 8 Thornhill Road, Derby DE22 3LX, United Kingdom.Phone: 01332 345318

Maryland Hotel Derby

1083 London Road, Alvaston, Derby DE24 8PZ, United Kingdom.Phone: 01332 754892

Chuckles Guesthouse

48 Crompton Street, Derby DE1 1NX, United Kingdom.Phone: 01332 367193

Mackworth House Farm

67 Lower Road, Mackworth, Derby DE22 4NF, United Kingdom.Phone: 01332 824034

Georgian House Hotel

Ashbourne Road, Derby DE22 3AD, United Kingdom.Phone: 01332 349806


300 Burton Road, Derby DE23 6AD, United Kingdom.Phone: 01332 293658

Amber Guesthouse

128, 132A Burton Road, Derby DE1 1TN, United Kingdom.Phone: 01332 299103

The Coach House

185A Duffield Road, Darley Abbey, Derby DE22 1JB, United Kingdom.Phone: 01332 554423

Kedleston View B&B

576 Kedleston Road, Derby DE22 2NH, United Kingdom.Phone: 01332 559246