Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport


Famous for being the most central city in the UK, Derby is also one of the most vibrant and exciting destinations in the country. With a range of great attractions and a welcoming atmosphere, this is a fabulous city to visit all year-round.

A historical gem

Walking around Derby you'll discover a historical treasure trove that reflects the area’s fascinating past. There's been a settlement here for nearly 2000 years, and The Cathedral of All Saints (better known as Derby Cathedral) has existed since 943. However, it was the Industrial Revolution that really shaped the city into what it is today.

Derby was home to the world’s first ever factory and is recognised as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. The period brought prosperity to the town, turning it into a bustling centre of manufacturing. You can soak up this rich history at many of the local museums, or just by walking along the streets of the city centre.

A vibrant cathedral quarter

The Cathedral Quarter lies at the heart of Derby and is an absolute must-see on any visit to the area. During the day, it’s a bustling hive of leisure activities and shopping, packed with great high street fashion outlets and interesting boutiques. By night, the area becomes the hub of the city’s culture and nightlife scene as the sound of live music and laughter rings through the streets.

Discovering the area

There are plenty of great day trips out of Derby, with lots of fun places to explore. Visit Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site, take a spooky ghost tour, or journey a little outside the city to see the Donington Collections at Donington Park and East Midland Aeropark. The stunning Peak District, known around the world for its spectacular natural beauty, is also within easy reach. By basing yourself at the Radisson Blu Hotel at East Midlands Airport, you'll be conveniently close to all the attractions of Derby and the surrounding area, with excellent transport links to help you make the most of your stay.