Derby and Derbyshire, UK
Derby and Derbyshire picturesque, worldly, and very well stocked with excellent restaurants, indulgent shops, great golf courses and luxurious hotels. The rest of the country is well presented, but when you need to disappear off the radar for a while, Derbyshire is wonderfully full of hiding places.
In places Derbyshire is very beautiful and great fun. But this is a county of real substance too. Its history, 2000 plus years of it is real and evident. Amid the glamorous shops and daily bustle of life in the great heritage city of Derby and market towns of Bakewell and Buxton, the magnificent landscape stand as a proud and cherished landmark of it's history, preserved with passion.
Take a look at the historic houses and gardens in their gorgeous country settings. Derbyshire is home to some of Britain's best gardens and stately homes and they come in every conceivable shape and size. Explore the country villages and historic market towns of Derbyshire's rich farmlands and discover the long tradition of rural life that still thrives. Take to the higher ground of the Derbyshire Peak District for some serious walking and you'll find a rugged and unpretentious charm, as well as a bird's eye view of Derbyshire in all its glory, spread out across the valleys and dales. Scratch the surface and discover the real beauty of Derby and Derbyshire.
There's more to Derby than meets the eye. Here is my top ten places to visit on a city break to Derby.
The Silk Mill-Derby's Museum of Industry and History
The Silk Mill Museum is on the site of the world's oldest factories, the Silk Mills built by George Sorocold in 1702 and 1717. The foundations and parts of the tower from the 1717 mill are still visible. The displays tell the story of the industrial heritage and achievement of Derby and its people. There is a special emphasis on the development of Rolls-Royce aero engines and the railway industry. Other displays cover local industries such as mining, pottery and foundry work. The Power Gallery covers the story of motive power in industry with hands-on exhibits. There is an area devoted to regularly-changing temporary exhibitions, and a programme of educational activities.
Derby Museum and Art Gallery
Derby Museum and Art Gallery houses a wide range of important and attractive collections, covering porcelain, paintings, archaeology, history, local regiments, geology and wildlife. The Museum's collection of fine Derby porcelain, produced in the city since c.1750, is of international importance. The Archaeology Gallery contains local material from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages, with several fine Anglo-Saxon crosses and a splendid sarcophagus. There are also two Egyptian mummies. The Military Gallery tells the stories of local regiments such as the 9th/12th Royal Lancers, the Derbyshire Yeomanry and the Sherwood Foresters, with information available on a touch-screen computer. The reconstructed Bonnie Prince Charlie Room commemorates Derby's role in the 1745 Jacobite uprising complete with a figure of the Prince himself telling the tale of his doomed attempt to seize the throne. Derbyshire geology and wildlife feature in the Museum's latest displays, with a Time Tunnel, walk-in cave, hands-on exhibits, discovery area and a stunning series of reconstructed natural settings with typical Derbyshire wildlife.
Royal Crown Derby
For all those who love porcelain and Royal Crown Derby Porcelain in particular. The Royal Crown Derby range of figures, giftware, tableware and collectables is the culmination of 250 years of craftsmanship and traditional skills.
Derby Cathedral has the second highest perpendicular tower in England and the oldest ring of ten bells in the world. See the elaborate Bess of Hardwick monument, world famous wrought iron screen by Robert Bakewell and tombstone for Joseph Wright - Derby's classic artist (1734-1797).
Pickford's House Museum
Built in 1770 by the architect Joseph Pickford with period room displays. The Museum also has a lively temporary exhibitions programme including costume and textiles.
Pride Park Stadium
Pride Park Stadium, the proud home of Derby County Football Club, was officially opened on Friday 18th July, 1997 by Her Majesty the Queen. And today you have the opportunity to take that 'behind the scenes look' at this superb sporting arena.
Derby Playhouse opened in September 1975 but has never been more popular, with audiences for drama at an all time high. Joint Artistic Directors Stephen Edwards and Karen Louise Hebden joined the theatre in 2002 and during the past three years the theatre has gained a national reputation for outstanding work.
There are a variety of Ghost walks to choose between, which are led by experienced, informative, and friendly guides.
On the morning of Wednesday September 16th 1840 one of Derby's Mill Owners, and the first Mayor of the Reformed Borough of Derby, 75 year old Joseph Strutt, presented the Town Council with the deeds. This became England's first public park.
Real Ale Pubs and CAMRA beer festival
If you like real ale then Derby has an abundance of real ale pubs and an annual beer festival.
About the Author: Chris Sabian Website: www.peakdistrictview.com
Chris Sabian has lived and worked in the Peak District all his life. He is a travel writer.