Top 20 things in Derby and BuxtonBy University of Derby Jul 18, 2014 7:08PM UTC
Derby is the UK’s number 1 Hi-Tech City. It is home to global OEMs Rolls-Royce, Bombardier and Toyota Motor Manufacturing and is centrally located making it ideal to explore surrounding cities in the UK. Manchester is 1hour away on the train and London is 2 hours away by Train.
- Peak District National Park
The Peak District National Park is one of Britain’s most accessible national parks, with 16.1 million people living within 40 miles or approximately an hour’s drive of the national park boundary. The Peak District National Park offers a wide range of things to see and do, with excellent options for accommodation, and a reputation for great local food and drink.
- Derby Music Festivals
There’s nothing better than seeing your favourite band perform live. Whether you indulge in indie, metal, rock or folk music – Derby has got the festivals to experience musical euphoria!
For those seeking a quirky festival, we are home to award-winning small festivals where the acts are unknown and exciting, the food and drink is local and artisan.
The annual open-air concert at Darley Park is one of the biggest free concerts of its kind.
- Real Ale Derby
Experience Derby’s unique and thriving real ale culture and tour around some of Derby’s hidden real ale gems. Visit one of Derby’s many microbreweries and a selection of carefully chosen real ale establishments, an abundance of which has thrust Derby to the fore as the country’s centre for real ale.
- Chatsworth House
Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. The house architecture and collection have been evolving for five centuries. Chatsworth has one of Europe’s most significant art collections. Having evolved over more than 450 years, the 105 acre Chatsworth garden continues to change today. There is plenty to discover at every turn, including permanent sculptures to be found.
Events are held around the house all year, and some highlights include the annual Florabundance festival, Country fair, exhibitions in the New Gallery and Christmas at Chatsworth, when the lower floors of the house are festively decorated.
- Derby Theatre
Derby Theatre has a long and rich history of delivering high quality drama to audiences. It sits at the heart of the city, and is now owned and run by the University of Derby. The Theatre is rooted in the local community but international in its outlook. It produces and presents high quality performances working with the best local, regional and national talent.
- Derby Museum and Art Gallery
Derby Museums is an independent trust and organisation run for, and on behalf of, the people of Derby. The collections are as unique as the gallery’s location and history; Derby is a city continually shaped and driven by creativity and innovation.
- Buxton Opera House
Buxton Opera House is located in The Square. It is a 902-seat opera house that hosts the annual Buxton Festival and, from 1994 to 2013, the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, among others, as well as pantomime at Christmas, musicals and other entertainments year-round.
In 1979, it was refurbished and reopened as a venue for live performance. Today is hosts many famous acts.
- Buxton Festival
Recognised nationally and internationally as one of the UK’s leading arts festivals, Buxton Festival is a summer celebration of the very best opera, music and literature at the heart of the beautiful Peak District.
Buxton is one of the only festivals to specialise in producing rarely-performed operas by major composers which form the core of our programme alongside a number of guest productions, all of which are presented in the outstandingly beautiful Matcham-designed Buxton Opera House.
The festival features the most promising up-and-coming, and also internationally established, artists and literary figures in a packed two-week programme with ticket sales of over 40,000.n Festival
- Donington Park
Donington Park motor racing circuit was the first permanent park circuit in England.
It’s first motorcycle race took place on Whit Monday 1931 on the narrow lanes of the Donington Hall Estate. 1933 the track was widened, made permanent and became a venue for Grand Prix car racing.
The Second World War put an end to all racing at the circuit in 1939, after being requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence to be used as a military vehicle depot.
- Derby County Football Club – The iPro Stadium
Home ground of Derby County (the Rams)
- The Dome
The Dome is architecturally stunning and with its 44-column, 145ft diameter colonnade supporting the 560 ton roof, it is one of Buxton’s most famous landmarks. Built in the late 18th century as the Great Stables by the 5th Duke of Devonshire, it provided facilities for up to 120 horses and accommodation for the servants.
Nearly a century after its construction, the building was converted to eventually become the Devonshire Royal Hospital. In 2001 the University of Derby acquired the building and the Dome is now a campus for both the University and Buxton College.
- InTu shopping centre
Intu Derby contains around 200 shops, a supermarket, a cinema and many eateries. It has three car parks and is a few minutes’ walk away from both Derby’s bus and railway stations. The UK’s largest indoor market, the Eagle Market, adjoins the centre. The market and Derby Theatre (which is accessed through the market) were considered to be part of the centre until 2007, when the centre was known as The Eagle Centre.
- Treak Cliff Cavern
A genuine wonder of the Peak District is situated on Treak Cliff Hill, Castleton. It is the only place in the world where Blue John Stone naturally occurs. The mineral Blue John Stone is a unique banded form of Fluorspar. It is believed it was originally given its name from the French “bleu et jaune” the “blue and yellow” stone. It was mined in the eighteenth century and named Blue John Stone. Treak Cliff Cavern continues to mine, process and manufacture ornamental items and jewellery from Blue John Stone today.
- Derby Cathedral
Historical city cathedral. Visitors can take a trip to the Cathedral and attempt to spot the pair of Peregrine falcons that nest high on the east face of the tower.
- Markeaton Park
Markeaton Park is one of the most popular parks in the East Midlands, attracting more than one million visitors each year. The Park’s 207 acres offers something for everyone to enjoy, from the vibrant Play Centre to the many historic features waiting to be discovered.
- Goyt Valley
The River Goyt is a river in North West England. It is one of the tributaries of the River Mersey
People have enjoyed visiting the valley since Victorian times. Strolling along the banks of the small stream which will become the River Goyt as it meanders over limestone rocks and through picturesque woodland.
- Calke Abbey
A historic great house, which has remained largely unchanged for most of the 20th century, features unique collections, a landscaped park and walled gardens. Calke Abbey is a Grade I listed country house near Ticknall, Derbyshire, England, in the care of the charitable National Trust.
The house was owned by the Harpur family for nearly 300 years until it was passed to the Trust in 1985 in lieu of death duties. Today, the house is open to the public and many of its rooms are deliberately displayed in the state of decline in which the house was handed to the Trust.
- Pavilion Gardens .
Pavilion Gardens is a wonderful historic venue situated in the heart of Buxton. Nestled within 23 acres of beautiful gardens, we are a natural hub for the many tourists that visit the town and a popular destination for members of the local community. As a family friendly destination, we pride ourselves on offering every visitor a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
- Poole’s Cavern & Buxton Country Park .
Poole’s Cavern is the most spectacular natural cavern in the Peak District. Wonder at the amazing crystal formations and walk through the picturesque park.
- Crich Tramway Museum
The National Tramway Museum in Crich, Derbyshire, has a large and diverse fleet of heritage tramcars, and aims to illustrate the complete development of the traditional British Tramcar. Where it is not possible to show this, tramcars from places as far away as Berlin, the Hague, Douglas, Halle, Howth, Johannesburg, New York, Oporto, Prague and Sydney.