Extensive transport links, a vibrant centre and proximity to the glorious Peak District are just few of the reasons why Derby is a fantastic place to buy a new home. The city, the most central in the UK, also benefits from a wide range of entertainment, schooling and shopping options, meaning there is something for everyone.
The Cathedral Quarter in the city centre is a unique quality shopping destination and boasts an assortment of independent shops as well as stunning arts and cultural venues. It’s also a foodie heaven, with an abundance of stores and market traders specialising in all sorts of fresh and local produce. In the evenings you can sample the thriving nightlife with a host of bars, pubs, nightclubs and restaurants to suit everyone’s tastes.
There’s always something exciting happening in Derby and the city has a fantastic range of festivals all year round. Some of the top attractions include Derby Festé, Derby Film Festival, Derby Folk Festival and the very popular annual winter CAMRA Beer Festival.
Education for all
Derby is an ideal location for families - there are no less than 15 state secondary schools in Derby, along with a wide selection of primary schools and nurseries. Outside the state sector, there are three fee-paying independent schools. Derby Grammar School was founded in 1994 and continues the work and traditions of the former Derby School, which closed in 1989 and was one of the oldest schools in England. Derby High School is girls-only for senior and sixth form and mixed at primary level. The University of Derby has its main campus on Kedleston Road and has a range of undergraduate and post-graduate courses.
Get out and about
In and around Derby there are plenty of opportunities to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the outdoors. You could take a stroll through the River Gardens in the city centre, enjoy the craft village, boating lake and gardens at Markeaton Park or enjoy the sounds of nature at Darley Abbey Park and Nature Reserve. For truly stunning surroundings, travel to the Peak District National Park 18 miles away, home to breath-taking vistas and charming villages.
Excellent transport links
As you’d expect from this centrally-located city, it has extensive transport links with other areas of the country. The M1 motorway passes to the east of the city, linking Derby south to the London region and north towards Sheffield and Leeds. Other major roads passing through or near Derby include the A6, A38, A50, A52 and A61.
East Midlands Airport is situated about 15 miles from Derby city centre and is served by budget airlines, with regular flights to UK and European destinations.