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.

How many vacation rentals are available around Derby, GB?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 307 vacation rentals around Derby. From 52 house rentals to 178 cabin rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a rural property in Derby?

There's nothing as alluring as escaping to the country. Think leisurely walks in nature, cozy local cafes the chirping of crickets at night. We're ready. Are you? Vrbo has 90 countryside rental properties in this destination. Of course, that mightn't work for everyone. Fortunately, Vrbo has a bunch more options, including:

  • 41 village vacation rentals.
  • 35 town vacation rentals.
  • 18 riverside vacation rentals.

Can I stay in Derby in a large group?

There's nothing better than exploring somewhere completely new with close friends and family. And the great news is Vrbo has places suitable for large groups. Why not take a peek at the 26 apartment vacation homes listed here? They're the top option for big groups of visitors. The rental options that can provide for large groups around here include:

  • If yours is a crew of 6, we have 66 vacation homes ideal for that size. Stay a night for as little as $78.
  • Need a vacation rental for 5 people? We have 41 that will serve you well. Prices begin at just $92 per night.
  • Traveling with a group of 8? We offer 23 vacation homes that fit the bill. Prices begin at just $78 a night.

Your whole squad will be in good hands when you arrange your Derby adventure through us!

Where are the cheapest rentals in Derby?

Vrbo is here to help you make memories with your squad. Providing heaps of thrifty rentals, you're sure to score a cozy lodging that keeps you all under one roof. You can always count on there being a great deal just waiting to be snatched up in The Park. With 21 rentals available at an average price of $97 a night, staying in this sought-after area is sure to get your trip off to an awesome start!