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Derby Cathedral


Self-guided walks for the Curious...

Explore Derby city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Derby's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
Derby is the UK’s most central city, a gateway to the Peak District, home to Rolls Royce and Royal Crown Derby tableware, and famously linked to the production of railway engines. But Derby is also full of surprises – there’s a majestic cathedral, a 19th century Market Hall where you can buy almost anything, a delightful river, vibrant and quirky shops, dozens of eateries, the ‘best place to drink real ale in the world’, galleries and museums, haunted houses, pretty gardens and a favoured place of Bonnie Prince Charlie.


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Curious About... Derby

  • An exploration of Derby's city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the city's treasures.
    Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Derby in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the city - so buses, trains and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.

1. City Centre - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
This walk explores Derby's centre and serves up lots of surprises! Initially pass ‘underneath the arches’, the inspiration for a famous Flanagan & Allen song. Make your way past numerous restaurants, bars & pubs, an ancient church, a beautiful museum & art gallery, a spectacular arcade and street, the lively market place, a vibrant market hall and delightful gardens, ending your walk at the dramatic Cathedral of Derby.
Pickford's House Museum Derby Cathedral   1.5 hoursOK but small diversion maybe needed

2. River and More... - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
Starting in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter, walk down one of Derby’s most historic and charming streets before heading to the smooth-spoken River Derwent. Walk alongside this languid river for a while, in the company of Bonnie Prince Charlie, before crossing Cathedral Green. Next visit an ancient Silk Mill before leaving behind the bustle of the city centre to end at a peaceful, beautifully architected church.
Derby Cathedral St Mary's Church   1 hourOK

Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the city and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
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You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free).

Printed Copy
The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A small postage & packing charge is added.

"Excellent product by the way, really informative and ideal for orientation when visiting a place for the first time."

Latest Revision : June 2023


Places you'll pass along the way - tap an image for more detail