What is there to do in Derby?

There’s lots to do in Derby, most of which is on your doorstep!

Here are some of the main places that people like to visit when they're in Derby:

  • Intu Shopping Centre full of restaurants and high street favourites
  • Showcase Cinema Delux (in the Intu Centre) which offers 12 screens including two luxurious directors’ halls, and one big XPLUS screen (similar to IMAX)
  • Derby Theatre
  • QUAD independent cinema and art space
  • DEDA dance centre
  • Derby Museum
  • Bounce Revolution (trampoline park)
  • Rollerworld (roller skating rink)
  • Bowling and laser quest
  • Alton Towers theme park resort
  • Derby LIVE events such as outdoor ice-skaring, open-air screenings, markets, concerts and much more

There are also many clubs and bars in the city centre just a short walk away from your halls. The nightlife in Derby is very popular with students and locals as there’s something for everyone. Student nights usually fall on Mondays and Wednesdays. Popular places in the city centre that people like to go to are:


  • The Greyhound
  • The Friary
  • The Maypole Café, Bar & Theatre


  • Pitcher & Piano
  • Las Iguanas
  • The Distillery
  • The Bishop Blaise
  • The Fat Cat
  • Vodka Revolution (also has a nightclub)
  • Revolucion De Cuba
  • Vines Bar


  • Popworld
  • Lola Lo’s
  • Walkabout
  • Mosh
  • Blue Note
  • Fever Clubrooms
  • MooMoo’s