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Looking for a new home in Derby?

Derby has long been an important industrial and manufacturing hub, with excellent transport links due to its central location. As a thriving town, it also offers a vibrant centre, with a wide range of shopping, entertainment, and leisure opportunities. The Cathedral Quarter has a wonderful choice of independent shops as well as successful arts and cultural venues. The city plays host to a 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.

Living in Derby

Travel and transport

As a centrally-located city, there are extensive transport links with other areas of the country. The M1 motorway passes to the east of the city, linking Derby to the south and Greater London, and north to Sheffield and Leeds. Other major roads passing through or near Derby include the A6, A38, A50, A52, and A61. Rail services from Derby are operated by East Midlands and CrossCountry, with express services to London, the North East, and the South West. East Midlands Airport is situated about 15 miles from Derby city centre, with regular flights to UK and European destinations.

Local information

Retail options include the Derby Intu Centre, which includes the Eagle Market, the Derbion, which includes restaurants and a cinema, and the Strand Arcade. There are a number of retail parks further out from the centre. In addition to the facilities and amenities within the town, the surrounding area has much to offer. The Peak District National Park is about 18  miles away for a total change of scenery. The River Derwent winds through the city, and the city parks enjoy riverside walks.

Local schools

There are 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.  The University of Derby has its main campus on Kedleston Road and has a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.