Photo of Derby Arena. Photo of Derby Arena.

A city that sprung up at the foot of the Derbyshire hills, Derby is one of Britain’s most centrally located destinations and an early site of the Industrial Revolution. It lounges on the River Derwent with a rejuvenated waterfront and a hefty number of independent breweries. The city is perhaps most famous for its advanced manufacturing, and is home to Rolls-Royce aero-engineering and Toyota Manufacturing; two of Derby’s biggest employers. Transport isn’t all the Derby is renowned for - Core Design created Lara Croft here; the game character in search of hidden treasures!

Shopping spree

Derby is home to the massive Intu Derby shopping centre which attracts people from all over the Midlands. Inside you’ll find nearly two-hundred shops, as well as a cinema and restaurants; and reviewers have loved the accessibility of this shopper’s paradise! The centre also has a Changing Places toilet on Level 1 close to the Debenhams.

One wheelchair user told us, ‘the centre has a large number of parking spaces with disabled spaces on the different levels of the car park, with lifts and escalators allowing access to each level once inside.’ Read review >>

Another visitor said, ‘All the entrances to the centre on the ground floor are all wheelchair accessible.’ Read review >>

Photo of Intu Derby.

Catch a movie

Much more than just a shopping centre, there is a Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux inside Intu. The cinema was reviewed by one wheelchair user who wrote:

‘The desks to purchase tickets are easy to find and were at a suitable height to allow staff members to communicate effectively with the customers. As part of the cinema, there is a restaurant on the same floor and is easily accessible for wheelchair users.’ Read review >>

See it on stage

Photo of Guildhall Theatre.

If you’d rather be entertained by a bit of theatre when visiting Derby, The Guildhall Theatre is an intimate venue frequented by amateur groups as well as folk, comedy and jazz events. The theatre is listed on Euan’s Guide saying:

‘For many of our shows we have various dates which include BSL, Relaxed, Captioned, and Audio Described performances which can be found on our website.’ Find out more >>

Derby Arena

Sports fans can check out what’s on at the modern Derby Arena, a venue which can hold up to 5000 people! Inside there’s a 250m Siberian Spruce cycle track and a massive sports infield for badminton, netball, football and volleyball. The Arena is listed on Euan’s Guide saying there are ‘fully accessible changing rooms’ and that some events have ‘BSL sign-interpreted performances, audio described performances and relaxed performances.’ Find out more >>

See a dance performance

Déda is ‘one of the key cultural organisations’ in Derby and offers around fifty different classes each week, as well as a programme of dance performances. The dance centre is listed on Euan’s Guide saying:

‘We have automatic doors to access our building with two customer lifts to access our first floor. Our café is also located at ground floor level with easy access for people in wheelchairs and restricted mobility. Some of our staff have basic sign language skills.’ Find out more >>

Visit The Arboretum Community Project and Café

Winner of ‘The Best Community Initiative’ in 2011, this community project is led by Deaf people providing services, placements and events in Derby. There is also a café selling hot and cold food! The project is listed on Euan’s Guide saying, ‘the café is accessible, we will make sure you are happy and comfortable with our services.’ Find out more >>

Have you been to Derby?

Tell us about places you visited in this Midlands city! We want to hear about wheelchair access, hearing loops, accessible performances and more! Write a review >>

Last updated – November 2016