Explore Derby, UK

Travel Guide For Activities to Undertake in Derby, UK


Embark on unforgettable tours and trails in Derby, where you can uncover the city's hidden gems, delve into its intriguing history, and indulge in unique experiences. From brewery tours that offer a taste of local craft beer, to ghost walks that reveal the city's haunted past, and gin tastings that awaken your senses. Discover the charm of Derby through captivating tours and trails, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

1. Denby Museum

Derby forms the southern gateway to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Designed and made by the people and industries of Derby, the Museum of Making was built on the site of the world's first factory and is truly unique and will be a must-visit destination for those in the East Midlands and beyond. To enter the Museum, visitors will walk through the iconic 18th century Bakewell Gates (part of the original structure of the Silk Mill) to be greeted by an impressive Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine which will hang above visitors from the ceiling in the Civic Hall. This engine has already been dramatically winched into place as due to its size, and the impressive Civic Hall, a triple height glass atrium that forms the entrance to the new Museum is being constructed around it – a testament to the engineering strengths of the region.

2. Derby Brewing Co Brewery Tours

A tour around the brewery with a detailed explanation of the brewing process by one of highly knowledgeable brewers. Samples of some of the latest brews straight from the cold store.Travel gurus at the Lonely Planet describe Derby as the "best place to drink real ale in the World" and the folks at CAMRA reckon there is more real ale choice in Derby than anywhere else. Hey, who are we to disagree? You can take a tour of Derby's original craft brewer by booking a Derby Brewing Company brewing tour.

3. Ghost Walks & Overnight Vigils

The now legendary City Centre Walk takes you around Derby City Centre. Starting at our meeting point, Guild Hall Clock, Market Place, Derby. We head off to the site of Derby’s first Gaol for stories of witchcraft, execution and treason, then to the Fishmarket to hear the story of the murder of PC Moss the only policeman murdered in Derbyshire, plus Ghost stories of Little Sammy, Viking Skulls, Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Last Pressing to Death in England. Walks last approximately 2 hours, starting at 7pm and finishing around 9pm.