Derby is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with a fantastic heritage and an exciting future.

With a current population of over 230,000, Derby is a growing and an exciting city which is home to people from over 182 countries around the world. Here, you can experience cutting edge culture, shopping and entertainment in the heart of a compact city where history combines with a very modern atmosphere. Plus Derby is England’s most central city, so you can benefit from staying in the lively city but have glorious countryside within a 10 minute drive. In fact, 80% of the population is within a 2 hour drive and over six million people within in an hours' drive!

Videos about Derby

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Derby Past and Present

Derby became a city in 1977 as part of the Queens Silver Jubilee celebrations, but as a town goes back a long way. It was given its name by the Danes, and eventually became known as Derby which means ‘place of the deer’. Famously Derby is the furthest south Bonnie Prince Charlie travelled in his attempt to overthrow the government in the 1700’s.

Highlights within an hour of Derby include Chatsworth, three National Trust properties, the breathtaking Peak District National Park, stunning landscapes and quaint market towns and villages, e.g. Bakewell and Castleton. In fact Derby is often referred to as the '15 minute city', as its centre is 15 minutes from rural Derbyshire and the Peak District.

Derby has a thriving University and a large FE college with a recently opened new campus at the Roundhouse on Pride Park.

The city has been at the vanguard of high technology industry since the 1700s, and as the home to many iconic brands is the UK's leading export city.

A friendly and welcoming place, Derby is undergoing a £2 billion transformation, yet is able to complement its history and heritage with all the trappings of a modern dynamic city.

Key Stats

Population: 250,000
Size: 78 square kilometers

Useful links

For more information about what goes on in Derby please check out the links below.

Living & Working in Derby - A brochure from Marketing Derby.

Derby City Council - The local city council website. Here you can find out the latest on what is happening in Derby, links to the local bus routes, job opportunities, schools, and lots more.

Tourist Information

Derby Telegraph - Find out about the local news, job opportunities, houses for sale, sport news and more.

Derby Telegraph Jobs Section - Find job opportunities in the derby area.

My Derby Jobs - Find job opportunities in the Derby area.

BBC Derby

Peak District National Parks - Some of the most beautiful countryside in England.


University of Derby

Derby College

Local Major Employers


JCB World Headquarters

Rolls Royce


Places to stay

There are a large number of hotels in the Derby area, many of which have been built in the last 5 years:

Jurys Inn

Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn Express

Ramada Encore

The Hallmark Hotel

The Stuart Hotel


Premier Inn

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