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Things to Do in Derby Near Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport

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Don't Go Home Without

Derby, a 20-minute drive from the hotel, is considered a centre of the real-ale movement, with numerous places to drink the unfiltered, unpasteurised cask brew. Some taverns have microbreweries attached, and many offer live entertainment and organise festivals. Two to try are the Exeter Arms, repeatedly voted "Best pub in Derby" by CAMRA, and the Brunswick Inn, a one-time railway workers' hangout.

Must See

Joseph Wright of Derby was an 18th-century artist whose mystical landscapes and portraits reflected the age's growing fascination with science and industry. The largest collection of his paintings in the world is at Derby's Museum and Art Gallery, a 25-minute drive from the hotel. The gallery's Study Centre contains his drawings, prints and letters.

Must Do

Less than 30 minutes' drive from the hotel, the area surrounding nearby Nottingham is Robin Hood country, and there are many tours and activities to commemorate the legendary figure. The self-guided Robin Hood Trail takes you past Nottingham Castle, through Sherwood Forest and to Creswell Crags. There's also a good selection of shops, restaurants and nightlife in the area.

Local Tips

If you're a fan of the great outdoors, head to the Peak District National Park, a little over an hour's drive from the hotel. Hikers can find a variety of terrain to keep them busy, and those who love cycling can set out on one of the many trails. History lovers can check out Haddon Hall or the elegant, lakeside Chatsworth House, and even hike between them – a distance of less than six miles.

Nearby Attractions

  • Donington Park Race Circuit - 2.4mi
  • East Midlands Aeropark - 3.3mi
  • Whatton House - 3.4mi
  • National Trust - Calke Abbey - 7.9mi
  • Nottingham City Centre - 12.8mi
  • Snibston Colliery Park - 12.8mi
  • Derby City Centre - 14.4mi
  • City of Caves - 18.3mi
  • National Space Centre - 18.5mi
  • Leicester City Centre - 18.9mi
  • Gulliver's Kingdom Theme Park - 32.3mi
  • Peak District - 34.8mi
  • Alton Towers - 36.7mi

Nearby Dining