Flights to Derby
The city of Derby is located in the county of Derbyshire in the East Midlands region of England. Like many other cities in England Derby is an ancient city, that was settled around 600 AD. Most of Derby’s tourist attractions are from more recent history and visitors will find an interesting selection of things to do.
Approximately 24 kilometres away from the city is the East Midlands Airport (airport code: EMA) for all flights to Derby. There are shuttles and taxis to get to and from the airport, but the nearest train station is almost 7km away. A flight to Derby with South African Airways will stop twice in Zurich and Brussels, and Lufthansa also has a 2-stop route through Frankfurt and Brussels. If you take a flight to Derby with Egyptair, you’ll connect in Cairo and Brussels.
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The Tourist Attractions of Derby:
Derby Cathedral may not be one of the most attractive cathedrals in Britain but it’s one of the city’s major landmarks all the same. It’s actually the smallest Anglican cathedral in England and is situated on the site of an original church that was founded in the year 943. The current cathedral dates back to 1350 though was largely rebuilt and redesigned in 1725, except for the tower which dates from the 1500s and explains its different style to the rest of the building.
Derby Industrial Museum
Known as both the Silk Mill and Derby Industrial Museum this is a popular historical attraction that’s based around Derby’s historical industries and general history. The museum is housed within one of the city’s old silk mills and includes a variety of exhibits such as inventions relating to industry and railways, giving visitors a look at how technology has changed over the past several hundred years.
Another historical attraction is Derby Gaol. There were once five gaols (or prisons) in Derby and now only a couple remain. One has been turned into a tourist attraction and acts as a working museum after having been restored to what it would have looked like years ago. It’s said to be haunted and visitors can listen to an audio tour while watching out for ghosts of past inmates!
Pickford’s House Museum
More history can be discovered at Pickford’s House Museum. This was the home of Joseph Pickford, an English architect, and the house museum is the home he designed for himself when he moved to Derby from London around 1759. Today the home has been restored to what it would have looked like at the time.
Away from the museums and buildings is Derby Arboretum and public park. The arboretum was donated to the town of Derby in 1840 and it became the first publicly owned, landscaped, urban recreation park in England. The arboretum has recently benefited from a large investment, having become run down in previous decades and makes for a nice place to walk away from the city hustle and bustle.
When Should You Visit?:
For the warmest weather visit Derby during England’s summer months as average high temperatures will be around 20C. Daily highs can sometimes rise quite a bit higher than this though. Rainfall is common throughout the year so come prepared, and even though winters aren’t really cold here the damp weather usually makes the temperature feel colder than it actually is.