Living in Derby

“The unsung hero of the midlands” – The Rough Guide 2015

Derby offers the best of both words – cosmopolitan city life on the doorstep of a stunning rural environment. The majority of our residential areas are 15 minutes from the bustling centre or 15 minutes from fantastic parks and open spaces, including the Peak District and the National Forest. International airports are within close proximity and you can reach London in under 2 hours by train.

Watch the video below for just a flavour of what Derby can offer you and your family…

Things to Do

Entertainment and activities are planned all year round, so you can enjoy great city experiences with exciting days out.

Derby is a passionate sporting city – home to Derby County Football Club, Derbyshire County Cricket Club and world-famous Donington Park motor racing circuit. Derby also now has a multi-purpose arena which includes a velodrome. Sporting events such as the Jenson Button Triathlon, 10K runs and marathons are also hosted in the city.

If you enjoy the arts, national and internationally acclaimed festivals such as Derby Festé are hosted in the city. You can also enjoy live performances at our Derby Theatre and Guildhall Theatre. The QUAD  brings Derby the very best international quality art and film, whilst the Joseph Wright Gallery at Derby Museum houses the world’s largest collection of Derby’s world-famous artist and the Deda is a centre for excellence in the world of dance performances, classes and visual art.

Darley Park hosts the UK’s largest free outdoor classical concert and the internationally acclaimed FORMAT photography festival which attracts visitors from around the world.

Derby is home to some of the best bars and live music venues and there is a fantastic range of places with every different type of food to offer.


Derby has a great buying and rental property market with prices that are comparably favourable with the rest of England and Wales.

There is a wide range of homes available across the city of Derby and Derbyshire from upmarket luxury flats, family homes to city mill conversion apartments.

The average house price in the city of Derby is £111,140 and in Derbyshire is £128,571 versus the national average in England and Wales of £181,619 (Land Registry – House Price Index, 2015)

Transport Links

Derby is one of the UK’s most central city benefiting from city life on the edge of the Peak District National Park. Excellent road links also make it an accessible city.

Derby has fast daily services to London St Pancras International. Direct rail services connect Derby with Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Dundee, Edinburgh, Leeds, Leicester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Sheffield, Southampton, Plymouth and many other destinations.

Both East Midlands and Birmingham International Airport are within an hour’s drive from Derby, providing extensive air links to most European and worldwide destinations.


Derby and Derbyshire both provide excellent choices of state and private schools along with a wide range of highly regarded independent schools including Derby Grammar, Derby High, Repton and Ockbrook School.

The city also features Derby College, which has over 15,000 students, and the thriving and modern University of Derby, featured in the Top 50 of The Guardian University Guide 2015, which offers a wide range of high quality education and is proud that 96.7% of graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating.