Local area guide

Living in Derby

Thinking about moving to Derby? Discover why it's a great place to live, fun things to do here, what the local schools and transport connections are like - and of course the most important thing of all: how much houses cost to buy.

Your guide to moving to Derby

Why Derby is a good place to live

Derby is a friendly city brimming with history and culture, located on the River Derwent in Derbyshire. The city was ranked 23rd in the best UK places to live back in 2015, with its charming countryside surroundings and vibrant nightlife making it an enjoyable place to live.

There's an abundance of family-friendly activities, diverse dining options and good schools, while multiple train stations make commuting to Nottingham, Birmingham and Sheffield straightforward. Plus, if you plan on moving to Derby, you'll be glad to know it was once voted the least stressful place to move to in the country. All these features come together to make life in Derby a delightful experience.

What's Derby famous for?

Derby is famous for its rich industrial history, being one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution and home to the world's first factory, Lombe's Mill.

Derby is also recognised for cultural contributions. It's where the popular video game character Lara Croft was brought to life and the Derby Museum & Art Gallery hosts the world's largest collection of paintings by Joseph Wright.

Things to do in Derby

Derby offers a wonderful array of museums like the Museum of Making and Derby Museum & Art Gallery, inviting you to uncover Derby's illustrious past. If shopping is more your style, you're spoiled for choice with the antique and independent shops of the Cathedral Quarter and modern amenities at the Derbion shopping centre.

After a day of exploring, treat yourself to the city's diverse cuisine, including traditional, exotic and plant-based options. Finally, the area surrounding Derby is not to be ignored, with the stunning landscapes of the Peak District National Park and attractions like Chatsworth House awaiting outside the city limits. So, whether you're a history buff, a foodie or a nature lover, there's always something to do in Derby.

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Average asking prices in Derby today

We update our average asking prices every day using data from millions of properties for sale.

Terraced

Avg. asking price

£215,000

145 properties for sale

Detached

Avg. asking price

£380,000

441 properties for sale

Semi-detached

Avg. asking price

£250,000

283 properties for sale

Flats

Avg. asking price

£120,000

135 properties for sale

Properties currently for sale in Derby

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Transport in Derby

Find the nearest train stations and other transport links in Derby.

Local connections

Derby
National Rail
0.6 miles / 1.0 km
Peartree
National Rail
1.6 miles / 2.6 km
Spondon
National Rail
2.8 miles / 4.5 km
Duffield
National Rail
4.6 miles / 7.4 km
Willington
National Rail
5.9 miles / 9.5 km
Belper
National Rail
7.2 miles / 11.6 km

Schools in Derby

Discover local primary schools, secondary schools and sixth form colleges in Derby.

Education in Derby

Landau Forte College
Ages: 11 - 19 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2012)
Becket Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)
Castleward Spencer Academy
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
St James' Church of England Aided Infant School
Ages: 2 - 7 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2018)
St Joseph's Catholic Voluntary Academy
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2022)
Derby Cathedral School
Ages: 11 - 19 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)

Local pubs in Derby

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