Why Move to Derby

Museums, live music, galleries, shops and wilderness – the city of Derby is the perfect place to settle down.

Where is Derby?

Derby is found in southern Derbyshire and is the county’s only city. It occupies one of the most central positions in the UK and has excellent connections to other cities including Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Birmingham and London.

Map of United Kingdom – Derby Highlighted in Black.

It was once one of Britain’s industrial powerhouses and is regarded the birthplaces of modern industry. You can still visit many of these world heritage sites including Darley Abbey Mills, Derwent Valley Mills and the Museum of Making (formally known as the Silk Mill).

Derby still has a strong reputation for industry and two of its biggest employers are Rolls-Royce and Toyota. However, it also has a flourishing cultural scene and shopping district.

House prices are on the attractive side too. The average house price in Derby currently stands at £225,561 according to the latest figures (January 2022).

Living in Derby: What to Expect

Derby city centre is divided into three distinct areas: Cathedral Quarter, St Peter’s Quarter and the Derbion shopping area.

The Cathedral Quarter and St Peter’s Quarter form the historical elements of the city and are dominated by grand Victorian buildings, including former mills. Boutiques, independent cafes, and restaurants line the streets.

The Derbion shopping centre represents Derby’s modern focus. The shopping centre has transformed the city into a retail hotspot with a host of national chains and well-known brands.

Derby City Centre – St Peter’s Quarter, just outside of the Derbion Shopping Centre.

There are various suburbs within Derby, including areas such as Chaddesden, Allestree, Alvaston, Mickleover and many more. Click here to discover more areas in Derby.

Derby residents have access to plenty of green space. Markeaton Park, Allestree Park and Alvaston Park are just some of the open space’s locals can enjoy. And if it couldn’t get any better, the Peak District National Park is just a 40-minute drive away.

Families find the city appealing thanks to its enormous range of roomy semi-detached properties. Schools in Derby are also well respected – Derby Pride Academy and Landau Forte College are just some of the institutions awarded the top rating by Ofsted.

Top Places to Start Your Property Search

City Centre: Most housing in Derby consists of apartments. For a slice of history, take a look at the luxury flats in the converted mills. The Grade II-listed Abels Mill on Brookbridge Court now has contemporary two-bedroom apartments, all of which benefit from high ceilings and large windows.

Houses for sale in Derby also include listed former railway workers cottages and several gridded streets, shoulder-to-shoulder with Victorian terraces. Some of these properties may occupy fives bedrooms and even cellars, but others are more modest too.

You also have a choice of purpose-built blocks and new builds. The city has lots of new constructions, including the one in Nightingale Quarter. Here you can pick up two or three bedroomed properties that offer easy access to the city centre and the train station.

Derby City Centre.

Suburbs: Chaddesden is a large suburban area to the east of the city centre. It’s more affordable than the centre of Derby and has an excellent choice of family homes.

From Alvaston it’s an easy commute to some of Derby’s biggest employers. Search along London Road for imposing period properties with extensive gardens and airy bay windows. For something smaller but with just as much character, take a look at the Grade II-listed cottages on Church Street. Modern detached homes are also on the market.

Mickleover is also popular with families. You can find various properties with spacious accommodation.

New developments are under construction too. For example, Kedleston Grange is surrounded by fields and nearby areas including Allestree and Quarndon. The properties will feature two-to-five-bedroom contemporary homes. These properties will have modern interiors, and some will offer off road parking.

Best Ways to Get Around Derby

By bus: Derby has excellent bus connections. Whether you are wanting to travel from the city centre to father a field villages or nearby cities, there are frequent buses running every day.

By rail: Derby station has excellent rail connections. Trains from Derby to London Paddington take two hours, whereas London St Pancras can be reached in just 90 minutes.

Derby also has regular services to Nottingham, Leicester, and Birmingham, all of which take 30 minutes.

Local Derby Bus Service – Allestree.

By car: The M1 passes to the east of the city. Drivers can use the motorway to travel south to London or head north to Sheffield and Leeds.

Other major roads include the A6, which connects Derby to Leicester, Manchester, and Carlisle. Also heading north is the A38, providing a direct link to Mansfield.

The A50 tracks along the south of the city and heads westwards to Stoke-on-Trent. To head east, take the A52, which leads to Nottingham.

By air: A 30-minute drive brings you to the East Midlands Airport, which has flights to 100 domestic and European destinations. For more choice, you can travel the 40 miles to Birmingham International Airport.

Best Things to do in Derby

History: Derby Cathedral is one of city’s main attractions. Its tower is the second highest perpendicular church tower in England and has a family of peregrine falcons nesting in it. To take in the stunning views, you’ll have to climb the 189 steps up to the top.

Derby Silk Mill (also known as the Museum of Making) is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s on the site of the world’s first factory and has a collection of photography and art exhibitions as well as displays on the mill’s origins.

Why not take a trip down to Darley Abbey Mills, where you can find exclusive bars and restaurants with beautiful views of the World Heritage site and the River Derwent.

Cultural: Derby Theatre has a main auditorium with seating for 530 people. It also boasts a smaller studio for more intimate performances. Its programme includes West End shows as well as its own productions.

Great live music venues in Derby include The Flower Pot. Not only is it a real ale pub but it also has free live music every night of the week, from roots to rock.

You cannot forget Derby Football Club! If you are a sports fan, why not enjoy a game at our fantastic Pride Park Stadium situated just outside the city centre.

Derby County FC Stadium.

Outdoors: One of the top things to do in Derby is to explore the nearby Peak District National Park. The park is filled with wild moors, dales, rivers, and springs and has hundreds of trails for walking, cycling and horse-riding.

Closer to Derby is Chaddesden Park. Visit in spring to see its bluebells and cherry trees in bloom and check out the nature area for water voles and other creatures. A BMX track, water play area and sports pitches are also open to the public.

Derby Arboretum is the first public park in Britain. It is Grade II-listed and was commissioned by a grateful mill owner for Derby’s workers. Visitors can explore its nature reserve, tree trail, play area and community garden. You can find this park close to the vibrant city centre.

Food and drink: Derby have a strong brewing tradition. You can explore the local industry by taking a tour around the Derby Brewing Company, which includes a sample of the latest brews.

You can discover many independent and chain restaurants in Derby. From your classic Whetherspoon’s to the delightful Darleys, there is plenty to choose from!

Darleys Restaurant and Terrace – Located in the Historic Darley Abbey Mills, Overlooking the River Derwent.

Hidden Derby

Did you know that Darley Park is home to the National Collection of hydrangeas? It was first planted in 1983 and now has more than 400 types of hydrangeas!

Beautiful Flowers in Darley Park.

6 Reasons Why you Should Live in Derby

In summary, here is why you should live in Derby…

  • Surrounded by countryside and close to the Peak District National Park.
  • Affordable house prices.
  • Good rail and road links to London, Nottingham, Leicester, and Birmingham.
  • Excellent schools.
  • Choice of new apartments, period properties and family homes.
  • Plenty of shops and entertainment.
Iron Gate – Derby City Centre.

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