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Prime Location Derby Area Guide
Derby lies along the banks of the River Derwent in the county of Derbyshire. Reputedly one of the most haunted cities in the UK and the Real Ale Capital of Britain, the city was once home to the world’s first factory, a silk mill, which hailed the start of the industrial revolution in the 18th Century. By the 19th Century Derby became a focal point for the development of cutting edge railway technology. As the UKs most central city, these days it is more well known for its links to the aerospace, nuclear and automotive industries, with Rolls Royce choosing the city as a base for its headquarters. Creative industries and IT innovation are fast becoming boom sectors, with major software franchises such as Tomb Raider originating from Derby.
The gateway to the Peak District, Derby boasts around 700 acres of open space surrounding its core urban area which features contemporary city living as well as rural barn conversions and picturesque cottages. Derby is a hub of culture and entertainment and is home to one of the country’s busiest shopping centres, three theatres, 35 cinemas and much more. Street festivals are a regular occurrence and include events dedicated to jazz and the visual arts.
Around 250,000 people live in Derby, and up to 6 million people live within an hour of the city.
Workers in Derby earn the highest average salaries outside of London, and the area boasts approximately 6,000 businesses. 40% of those businesses are in the professional services sector and 12% in high tech functions.
There are a high number of primary schools serving Derby and the surrounding areas, including both state funded and private schools. In addition there are six schools offering provision for children with special educational needs. Of the 14 secondary schools in the city two have specialist Sports College status and one is a specialist language college. There are also three Academies including St Benedict Catholic School and Performing Arts College.
Private education is well catered for and includes Derby Grammar School which offers independent education for boys aged three years to 11 years old and has a coeducational sixth form. The Old Vicarage School offers independent education for boys and girls aged three years to 11 years, as does Derby High School which also has an offering exclusively for girls from age 11 to 18 years. Other private schools in the city include Ockbrook School and Repton School. Derby College is undergoing a major redevelopment following an £8 million investment programme and offers further education for school leavers and adults including A levels, vocational qualifications, and degree level studies. Corporate training is also available through the College. The University of Derby has a campus in the city and another in north Derbyshire. The Royal Derby Hospital also offers graduate entry medical schooling including nursing and midwifery.
Due to its central location, Derby benefits from excellent transport links. There are frequent bus services to all areas of the city and surrounding locations. Coach services offer national travel by road. Park and ride services operate six days a week and the city benefits from its position at the centre of the National Cycle Network, with 100km of cycle routes. Motorists are well served by links to the north and south of the country via the M1 motorway as well as the A6, A38, A50, A52, and A61.
There are direct rail services from Derby to a large number of destinations including Birmingham, Sheffield, Newcastle, and Cardiff as well as 35 trains each day running to London St Pancras. The nearest airport is East Midlands Airport at Castle Donington and offers both domestic and European flights.
Amenities and shopping
Shopping, nightlife, restaurants and leisure facilities are well catered for in Derby. The Westfield Shopping Centre is one of the UK’s busiest retail venues. The Georgian Friar Gate area of the city is fast developing a reputation as a thriving restaurant quarter, whilst the Cathedral Quarter and Iron Gate are prime destinations for café culture.
The council’s £50m leisure strategy has marked significant regeneration and work is underway to develop a new sports arena, velodrome and Olympic size swimming pool.
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