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Taste your way around Derby

Taste your way around Derby

Taste your way around Derby, the UK’s most central city, and embark on a culinary day-trip in the ‘real ale capital of the world’

Derby was one of the crucibles of the Industrial Revolution: a major manufacturing centre producing everything from silk to fine bone china and, later, locomotives and Rolls-Royce aircraft engines.

Today, this compact and historic city is also known for its vibrant foodie scene – and is described by Lonely Planet as the ‘best place to drink real ale in the world’.

Start your trip in the historic Cathedral Quarter and work up an appetite by climbing the 212f-thigh Derby Cathedral tower.

It’s the second highest perpendicular church tower in England and after conquering 189 steps, you’ll be rewarded with amazing views across four counties.

Back on the ground, pop into the stylish Lisa Jean at Bennetts Brasserie at Bennetts department store (the oldest department store in the world), before strolling down scenic Iron Gate, famed for its historic buildings. The cobbled streets of Sadler Gate offer a myriad of specialist stores and independent retailers, with arcades and hidden entrances. Discover the Old Bell Hotel, a 375-year-old coaching inn or relax in the quirky and characterful Wonky Table.

On reaching The Strand, head for a cultural fix at Derby Museum and Art Gallery, home to the world’s largest collection of paintings by Derby-born artist Joseph Wright. Round-off with refreshments in the museum café before sampling crumpet-like Derby Pyclets, a famous city delicacy, at the Eagle Market’s Pyclet Parlour.

Next, take a ‘real ale trail’ to discover Derby’s historic pubs and magnificent microbreweries. Highlights include the award-winning Exeter Arms, the 16th century Ye Olde Dolphin, the city’s oldest pub, and The Tap, featuring the legendary ‘Rack’, a great induction to the art of ale tasting.

Ease into your evening with a film at Derby QUAD or a show at Derby Theatre, then delve into Friar Gate’s vibrant bar and restaurant scene, which offers door-to-door options ranging from tapas to fine dining delights.

To truly make the most of your visit, stay the night and tick-off more must-do activities: track cycling at Derby Arena’s velodrome, shopping at intu Derby, a Roundhouse tour of the world’s oldest remaining turning shed, and a factory tour at Royal Crown Derby.

Product Information

  1. Derby


    Contact Details:

    Derby City Centre


    01332 643411
  2. Contact Details:

    Royal Way
    Pride Park
    DE24 8JB


    01332 640011

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Derby (52.92385,-1.47637)Derby Arena (52.91388,-1.44748)2.01
Derby Arena (52.91388,-1.44748)Museum of Making (52.92289,-1.4801)2.17
Total Distance *4.18 miles
Estimated Journey Time8 minutes

* Approximate distance by road