Things to do in Derby
Whilst the breath-taking scenery will no doubt occupy a lot of your time, there are so many other things to see and do in Derby too!
Take a stroll through Markeaton Park
A family favourite all year round, Markeaton Park boasts 207 acres of green space, and also has a boating lake, sporting facilities, kids’ play areas and a craft village for visitors to enjoy. One of the most visited parks in the entirety of the UK, Markeaton Park is located just over two miles north-west of Derby city centre, and can be easily reached by car via Kedleston Road. The perfect place for a summer picnic or a full day out, this park is one of Derby’s most picturesque spots.
Sip some craft beer on a brewery tour
If you’re a craft beer aficionado, a member of CAMRA, or perhaps just someone with a taste for the best beers in the country, it’s unlikely you won’t have already tasted what Derby has to offer. But if you haven’t, you’re in for a real treat with a brewing tour hosted by Derby Brewing Company. Not only will you learn all about the brewing process through which your favourite tipples are made, but you’ll get some tasty samples, some good grub, and some beer to take home with you!
Get cultured at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery
The best place in Derby for arts lovers and culture vultures, the Derby Museum and Art Gallery is situated in the city centre, just a short walk from the bus station. With an array of permanent displays and exhibitions on local, natural and military history, plus the Joseph Wright Gallery, you’ll never be short of things to see and learn at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery. As if that isn’t enough, entry is free, so a visit to this museum is a sure-fire way to have affordable, family-friendly fun.
Take a Derby River Boat ride
If you want a relaxing ride in which you can soak up some sun and scenery, then a boat ride on the River Derwent is exactly what you need. Sit back and relax on a peaceful 45-minute cruise, taking you north up to Darley Abbey before heading back to Exeter Bridge. Audio commentary will teach you about local wildlife and the river, and kids will be kept busy with on-board activities and games.
Get competitive at Paradise Island Adventure Golf
If golfing is your thing but you’re not sure the kids would enjoy joining you down the golf club, this 14,000 square foot adventure golf course is the next best thing, with two 18-hole tropical-themed golf courses to choose from. If you choose the Shark Bay course, you’ll take a journey through an abandoned shipwreck, sea caves, a beach and a castaway camp, ending up along a jungle path. Play the Mermaid Rock course, however, and you’ll pass the monkey temple on your way to the lost lagoon and the spice market.