Culture Lover

If culture and local history spark your interest, you’ll love what Derby has to offer. Derby’s Museum and Art Gallery in the heart of the city is the perfect place to while away a rainy afternoon, with a great range of historical pieces and important collections.

Derby QUAD hosts Derby’s growing arts scene, with film screenings, exhibitions, short courses and plenty of arts events like sketching club. Derby is also great for food and drink lovers, with regular farmers’ markets, plenty of restaurants as well as cafés and bars. You'll be able to see shows at Derby Theatre for just £5 and cinema tickets at Derby QUAD start from just £3.50!

  1. Explore exquisite collections at Derby Museum and Art Gallery
  2. Watch an inspiring performance at Derby Theatre
  3. Join the community at St Werburgh's Derby church 
  4. Go shopping in Derby's Cathedral Quarter
  5. Explore Derby Festé, the biggest carnival in Derby
  1. Cook up a storm at Coghlan’s Cookery School
  2. Dare yourself to do one of Chesterfield’s Ghost Trails
  3. Explore the National Trust’s historic Hardwick Hall
  4. Visit Revolution House - the famous scene of a plot to overthrow James II
  5. See the latest comedians, live shows and films at the Pomegranate Theatre

Our students like to attend poetry events and musical performances in relaxed and atmospheric environments like St Werburgh’s church. They enjoy walking around the lake at Markeaton Park, which is a short walk from the University, and eating and drinking in historic venues such as The Old Bell - the oldest restaurant bar in Derby, established in 1650.

A student reading a brochure at the cafe at Derby Theatre

My favourite place to go is the Quad. There’s a cinema where you can watch independent and mainstream films, a café downstairs where you can do your work and different workshops throughout the week.

Sile Sibanda
BSc (Hons) Forensic Science with Psychology

Derby’s intriguing history dates back to before the Romans and it is officially the most haunted city in the UK, with some of the oldest pubs including the Ye Olde Dolphin Inne, dating back to 1530. The annual Derby Folk Festival is not to be missed and further afield, iconic tourist attractions like Chatsworth House make a perfect day out with friends or family. And if you fancy shopping 'til you drop, where better to go than Derby's Cathedral Quarter, winner of Britain's best high street.

Life is only a reflection of what we allow ourselves to see, so broaden your horizons by immersing yourself in local history and experiencing the best of current culture in Derby.

Two students browse a brochure of shows at Derby Theatre
A male student looking at Joseph Wright paintings at Derby Museum and Art Gallery
A University of Derby student looks around Buxton's Pump room white stone features