Grand, beautiful and bursting with history, Chatsworth House is a fantastic day out for all. Located about 50 minutes’ drive outside Derby city centre, this incredible stately home has over 30 rooms to explore with an impressive and ‘significant art collection’ to boot. The grounds are extensive with 105 acres and plenty to discover with sculptures, an ‘Emperor’ fountain, and a huge maze to immerse in. For those travelling with kids, there is also an adventure playground, just in case further excitement is required!
The house is open 11am-5.30pm every day, however admission is a little pricey at £40 for adults and children.
Commissioned and donated by Joseph Strutt for the benefit of citizens of Derby in 1840, The Arboretum was the first specially designed urban park in Britain. Today, The Arboretum offers a range of facilities: a Café, a community building, a children’s play area, water play area and sports facilities. The park also features a nature reserve, sculptures, tree trail, and historic buildings, offering the perfect day out with kids, especially in summer.
The Arboretum is a leisurely 25-minute walk from Jurys Inn Derby.
The huge Markeaton Park on the northwest edge of the city and close to the university is a picturesque place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre. From foot golf to the high ropes course, craft village and cafe, it’s no wonder that Markeaton is considered the most popular park in Derby.
We recommend: visiting the Famous Trains Model Railway, which you’ll find near the main car park.
With an impressive collection of Hydrangeas, a butterfly garden, nature reserve, football pitches and children’s play area, Darley Park is the perfect place to unwind. It’s only a 15 minute walk from Jurys Inn Derby, and ideal if you’re visiting the city with kids in tow.
We recommend: keeping an eye on the what’s on guide for events in the park, including Darley Park Concert.
This popular theme park is just a 40 minute drive from Derby and offers a day filled with exciting rides, a fantastic water park, live shows, garden and an Ice Age 4D experience. From family fun to group holidays, Alton Towers has something for everyone. On-the-day tickets cost around £51.60 for an adult and £45.60 for children with discounted rates available.
Blue Bell Arboretum & Nursery
Enjoy a jaunt around the beautiful woodland gardens filled with a plethora of rare and unusual plants. With nine acres of woodland garden to explore, this is a great outdoor activity for enjoying the wonders of nature. Blue Bell Arboretum & Nursery is open to the public Monday – Saturday year round with a £5 admission charge for adults. The nursery is a short 30 minute drive from Derby city centre.