Inspiration Wednesday – Derby

This week’s #InspirationWednesday is Derby! Sat in Derbyshire, in the East Midlands, the city is home to the UK bases for well-known companies Rolls-Royce, Derby Litchurch Lane Works and Toyota. Sat in a lovely location, close to the Peak District, Derby is a friendly and affordable place to live.


With a busy history, Derby had a large part to play during the Industrial Revolution – with railways arriving in the 19th Century and because of its central location in the country. There are several buildings of historic interest, including the Derby Gaol, dating back to 1756, Derby Cathedral, dating back to 1723, and Pickford’s House Museum, built by Joseph Pickford in 1770.


There’s loads to do in Derby still today, with the Intu shopping centre and QUAD centre, with a gallery and cinema, or the Cathedral Quarter if you fancy a more quaint setting. You can have a turn on the Markeaton Park Light Railway or catch a game at the Pride Park Stadium. Being a university city, Derby also has a varied and vibrant nightlife and is especially known for its real ale-stocked pubs!

5 facts about Derby

  • With a historic and slightly spooooooky past, nowadays you can take a ghost or history and mysteries walking tour of the city.
  • Florence Nightingale was from the city.
  • The ‘Lara Croft’ character was created in Derby.
  • The world’s biggest ever bowl of popcorn was prepared in Derby’s UCI cinema in 1991.
  • In Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’, Mr Darcy’s home of ‘Pemberley’ was located in Derbyshire.
  • Derby property

    Check out this perfect student digs studio flat. Located just out of the city centre and available from July, this flat is a brilliant home for a student wanting a little bit of space. With your own personal bedroom, kitchenette and bathroom and inclusive of bills, £120pw is great value.




    This cosy two bedroom home in Little Chester, a short journey out of the city centre, is a great investment at a great price. With a large lounge and conservatory, you can enjoy all of the seasons, and with two large bedrooms, this is a perfect home for a couple or a young family.




    This homely decorated four bedroom house in Derby is perfect for families. Within the catchment of the local sought-after school, the home has a garden which isn’t overlooked and it is located next to a park. Well-decorated and maintained throughout, the house is ready to be made your home!



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