Hotels in Derby


Discover a city bursting with life and prepare yourself for surprises. UK’s most central city offers so much to see and do, that one visit might not be enough. Derby is also a gateway to not only other districts, but also Paris which is only 4.5 hours away. Based at Radisson Blu you will have adventures at the tips of your fingers, whether it is sports, culinary delights or exploration of the UK.

The city of Derby in the East Midlands has always been a powerhouse for industry and production. Its foundations were built around the railways, train manufacturing and the mills on the River Derwent and its success was shaped by the industrial revolution. Derby is also a hot spot for cars manufacturers - Rolls Royce arrived in 1907 and Toyota still has a plant just south of the city.

If you’re a big fan of the smell of melting Tarmac then you’re in luck – the city’s Donnington Park Circuit has been roaring with engines since 1931, although today you are more likely to see a superbike whiz past than the elegant motors of the 1930s. The Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport is well placed if you want to visit – it’s just three miles away from all the action on the track.

Derby gained city status in 1977 and its Cathedral Quarter has been revived into a buzzing area with markets, restaurants, shops and cafes. Derby also has a few museums which are worth a visit, including the Derby Silk Mill, which is part of the World Heritage Site along the river bank. It’s known as the oldest factory in the world and you’ll get a real sense of Derby’s social history as you walk around. Derby Museum and Art Gallery has both national treasures and international pieces and the house of Derby architect Joseph Pickford, Pickford’s Museum, will give you an insight into life in Georgian times.

If you’re more interested in the Great Outdoors then Derby has a few tricks up its sleeve. On the grounds of the old gas works and industrial sites where the trains were manufactured is the 10 hectare Pride Park Sanctuary Bird and Wildlife Reserve. Here you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of lapwings, skylarks, sand martins and reed buntings against the backdrop of the city. And if that doesn’t satisfy your thirst for the natural world, Derby also has a Grade II Listed Arboretum. The park was the gift of one of Derby’s successful mill owners, Joseph Strutt, to give something back to the people of the city. It’s still a popular place to visit just south of the city centre.

Hotels in Derby

  • Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport
    Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport


    Enjoy a respite from your busy travel schedule at the Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport. Located near the M1 motorway, the hotel offers convenient access to a number of nearby cities. Enjoy restful accommodation in 1 of 218 rooms and suites with Free high-speed, wireless Internet access. On-site dining, a bar, a fitness centre and an indoor pool are also available. Plan successful events in 1 of our 9 well-equipped meeting rooms.

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