Car Hire in Derby
Car Hire at Derby
The East Midlands city of Derby is regarded as one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution, meaning it is steeped in fascinating history. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Derby is also ideally situated just off the M1 motorway, making it a perfect base from where you can explore the rest of the UK by car.
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Where to pick up my car
Derby car hire is availables at several bases in the city centre, while there are also outlets located on the nearby A61, meaning you can collect your rental car en route from East Midlands Airport (EMA) to the city itself.
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Where to go
Derby's city centre has a fascinating industrial history and is home to a stunning cathedral, but hiring a car will allow you to explore the nearby Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as a range of historic stately homes and quaint countryside villages, immersing you in the heart of England.
Within an hour's drive of Derby, you can visit the beautiful Peak District National Park (35 minutes away) and sample a traditional Bakewell tart in the small market town they were named after (55 mins). Thrilling rides can be found at Alton Towers theme park (45 mins), or you can experience a cable car ride at the Heights of Abraham (35 mins).
If you want to venture a little further afield, you can travel all the way back to the 18th century at Chatsworth House (1 hour away). Lincoln can be reached in under 90 minutes, with its medieval castle the only place in the world where original copies of both the Magna Carta and Charter of the Forest can be seen. If you can't get enough of historic cities, Cambridge is just over 90 minutes away from Derby.
Eating and drinking
Derbyshire is the birthplace of both the Bakewell Tart and Bakewell Pudding, with the Bakewell Baking Festival celebrating all things cake each summer. The county also prides itself on its locally-produced cheeses; Derby cheese has a mild flavour and a creamy texture.
Things to do
Chatsworth House, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is one of Derbyshire's highlights, with this majestic country seat (dating from 1707) and its beautiful gardens open to the public on certain days. Fellow stately homes Calke Abbey and Donington Park are also well worth a visit.
The Heights of Abraham offers cable car rides from which to see the sights over the stunning countryside, as well as tours of natural underground caverns and a fossil museum, taking you back to Derby's prehistoric days. If you prefer being above ground, there are countless walks and hikes to be enjoyed across the Peak District National Park, which is the perfect place to take in lungfuls of Great British country air.
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