Destination guide

An industrial town that's truly revolutionary

Set on the banks of the River Derwent, square in the middle of England, the city of Derby is as storied as they come. Once a medieval market town, it later became one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution and the epicenter of the British rail industry. At a Derby vacation rental, you'll be surrounded by remnants of the town's industrial past, along with one of the highest concentrations of parkland around. From festivals to world-class rock climbing, there's something for everyone in merry old Derby.

Things to do

A little bit of everything, from factories to fine art

A Derby vacation rental will immerse you in England's manufacturing history, with sights like the Derby Silk Mill, part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and the place where the modern factory system was born in the late 18th century. In town you'll also find Derby Cathedral, dating from 1725, and the 18th-century Derby Gaol. Derby Museum and Art Gallery is home to several paintings by Joseph Wright. Take the cable car up to the Heights of Abraham for cavern tours and stellar views of the countryside.


Find some fabulous footholds, footie, and films

Derby has long had a thriving music scene, and there are still plenty of places to take in a show around town. If you're more of a movie buff, head to Derby QUAD, which hosts the annual Derby Film Festival. A Derby vacation rental is also heaven for sports fanatics, with soccer, cricket, and rugby clubs right in town. For some fresh air, head to the rowing clubs on the Derwent, where there's also a riverside walking and biking path. To the north you'll find Peak District National Park, home to some of the most renowned rock climbing in Europe.


The perfect weather for cozying up with a cup of tea

Derby experiences the epitome of typical British weather. You'll only see about a 25-degree temperature swing year round. Highs peak at a mild 70 degrees in the warmest month of July, with 60s from May to September. In the coldest months of November to March, highs hang out in the mid- to upper 40s. Lows dip into the 30s, but almost never drop below freezing. You can expect rain any time of year, so be sure to pack your umbrella along with your favorite sweater.

Natural features

Picturesque peaks surround Derby on the Derwent

Nestled in the lowlands of the lower valley of the River Derwent, Derby is surrounded on all sides by plenty of picture-perfect scenery. Just to the north you'll find Darley and Derwent Parks, which are home to several species of wildlife and birds, including kingfishers and owls. Keep heading even further north and you'll pass through the foothills of the Pennines, which eventually lead to the towering mountains of the Peak District National Park. The jagged outcroppings make for some world-renowned rock climbing (hopefully you're not afraid of heights).

How to get there

Transportation to and around Derby

The nearest airport is in East Midlands (EMA), located 9 mi (14.5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Nottingham (NQT), which is 16.5 mi (26.5 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Derby Midland Station, Peartree Station and Spondon Station are the main stations that serve the city.

Where to stay around Derby?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 271 vacation rentals near Derby. From 128 Cabins to 128 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Derby for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Derby?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Derby. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Derbyshire County Cricket Club: 824 vacation rentals
  • Derby (XQH-Derby Train Station): 796 vacation rentals
  • University of Derby: 866 vacation rentals
  • Elvaston Castle: 646 vacation rentals
  • Donington Park Racing Circuit: 402 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Derby listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Derby?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 128 Cabins in Derby. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Derby include:

  • Cottages: 128 rentals available
  • Houses: 94 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 128 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Derby?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 6 vacation rentals with pool available in Derby. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.