Derby Hotels - Derby's a mix of old and new, and as you potter down the independent shop flanked cobbled streets of its Cathedral Quarter you get a tangible taste of Derby's past. In stark contrast there are high-rise hotels and state-of-the-art shopping mall which have dragged the city into the 21st Century. With a mix of museums and galleries, buzzing bars and riverside restaurants, as well as its close proximity to Donington Park and the Peak District, Derby is a great place for a city break.
Things to see
Derby Cathedral sits in the heart of the city and its impressive 16th Century Tower can been seen from all around the city center. As you climb up its 189 spiral steps you pass the ancient ringing chamber with is metal-encased circle of 10 bells (the oldest in the world) and at the very top are rewarded with sweeping views of the city and 3 different counties. From past to present, Derby's Westfield shopping center is a sprawling complex of gleaming glass and striking steel, home to hundreds of high street stores and designer brand. From fast to fine food all appetites are catered for in its spacious food court, too. The village of Castle Donington boasts fine Tudor homes and a ruined medieval castle, and here you can potter the picturesque streets, stop for a picnic in the lush green park, and punt along the pretty River Trent. Donington Park is home to the first permanent racing circuit in England, and today still stages motorsport races. It's also the site of a mega 5-day rock festival as well as giant Sunday market as well as other events throughout the year.
Hotels in Derby
Derby's compact city center is home to a good range of hotels, from contemporary complexes with restaurants, fitness facilities and WiFi, to budget-friendly big name chain hotels offering tea and coffee making facilities, in-room safes, and flat-screen televisions. If you're looking to spoil yourself with a luxury hotel, there are grand country piles to be found in the surrounding area offering indulgent amenities like roll top baths, sweeping gardens, and fluffy bathrobes.
Where to stay
If you after a city break, staying at a hotel in Derby that's in the historic heart of city will ensure you're only a short stroll from the shops, bars and restaurants as well as sites such as Derby Museum and Art Gallery. You can choose between hotels with river views or even stay in the quaint Cathedral Quarter to be right by the Old Market Place and Cathedral. A stay in the villages of Kegworth or Castle Donington, a few miles south east of the city centre, will put you close to Donington Park as well as East Midlands Airport.
How to get to
For those arriving by air, East Midlands Airport is well connected to Debry, with the 24-hour Skylink bus service departing to the city every 30 minutes during the day and hourly throughout the night. The family-friendly service takes around 40 minutes and tickets can be bought onboard. Derby Station has good links to locations around the UK with direct rains running to and from the likes of London, Birmingham, and Sheffield as well as indirect services to the northeast, Scotland, the south west, the south coast, and West Midlands. Local bus services can whisk you to sites outside of the city center, while your feet will be all the transport you need for exploring the central attractions.