Derby, in the
East Midlands, is a large city with a population of approximately
235,000 people. Derby is situated on the River Derwent and part of
the county of Derbyshire.
Historically, Derby played an important part in Britain's industrial
revolution at the start of the 18th century. Britain's first ever
water powered silk mill was made in Derby.
Many of the city's Victorian parks are still in operation today.
Many of the parks (including Derwent Park and Darley Park) are home
to a variety of wildlife. The parks also have several pleasant
Derby has several famous buildings and landmarks. The Derby Heritage
Centre, now closed, used to show visitors the history of the city
from the Roman era up to the modern day. Derby Gaol, which operated
between 1756 and 1846, is now a museum with many of the original
cells still there.
Cultural visitors to Derby will be interested in the Derby Museum
and Art Gallery which houses works by Joseph Wright. The museum also
has a fine selection of Royal Crown Derby porcelain and
The Derby Industrial Museum is another popular visitor attraction
with information about Derby's technological accomplishments.
Derby also has an excellent range of shops. Many of these are
located in Derby's new Westfield shopping centre. The shopping
centre cost £340 million pounds to build and, in additional to the
shops, has its own 12 screen cinema and food court. Another recently
opened centre is the Revive Healthy Living Centre.
Derby's most famous sporting club is Derby County Football Club who
play their home match at Pride Park stadium. The team has one a
selection of honours during their history including the Football
League Championship in 1972 and 1975 and the FA cup in 1946.
Derby is home to several other sporting clubs and teams including
Derby County Cricket Club and Derby Rugby Club.
Travel links to Derby are very good because of its central location.
The M1 motorway (approximately 10 miles from the city) links Derby
with Sheffield, Leeds and London. Several A roads connect Derby to
major towns and cities such as Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol,
Nottingham and Leicester.
You can also travel to Derby by rail. Derby Midland is the main
station with express services to and from London. Other services on
the line link to the south west and north east.
The nearest airport to Derby is East Midlands Airport just 15 miles
from the city. A number of budget airlines including Ryanair and
Easy Jet fly domestic and European flights from this airport.
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