The county's premier city is Derby, which although steeped in history, is one of Britain's youngest cities, being awarded its Charter by Her Majesty the Queen in 1977.

Derby has many unique characteristics with a rich mixture of arts, tourism and cultural venues and a pedestrianised city centre, which makes shopping a joy.

The larger conurbations of Sheffield and Nottingham are two cities just to the east, whilst to the north lies Greater Manchester.

City Hall and Derwent Bridge


Heading out of the city there is a choice of bustling market towns such as Ashbourne, Bakewell, Buxton and WirksworthChesterfield with its famous twisted spire is the largest market town in Derbyshire.

Ashbourne High Street
Bakewell Bridge
The Weir at Belper Mill
Bolsover Marketplace
Buxton Opera House
The Marketplace
Chesterfield's Twisted Spire
Norfolk Square Glossop
Cottages on Main Road
Derwent Bridge at Matlock
The Market Place Wirksworth


There are many picturesque villages, nestled in tthe unspoilt Derbyshire countryside, some with a long association with the traditional agriculture, while others are steeped in history, having provided homes for miners and quarrymen or have their roots in the Industrial Revolution as people moved from the country to work in the newly developing industries.