Frequently asked questions about Derby and Derbyshire.
From East Midlands Airport
East Midlands Airport is the closest airport to Derby and it's very easy to reach the city from there. There are regular direct flights to East Midlands Airport from all over Europe. From the airport you can catch the Skylink bus from the airport directly to Derby city centre. You can then take a taxi to your accommodation.
From Birmingham Airport
Birmingham Airport is also convenient for Derby. From the airport, take the train to Derby - you may have to change at Birmingham New Street. When you get to Derby, you can take a taxi from Derby station directly to your accommodation.
By coach – There are regular National Express airport coach services to Derby but you have to make a change during journey. You can then take a taxi from Derby Coach Station to your accommodation.
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Businesses flourish in Derby. Rolls-Royce came to Derby over 100 years ago and now has its global civil aerospace and nuclear HQs in the city. Toyota UK chose Derby over 20 years ago and continues to invest in its operations here. Bombardier designs and builds trains in the city, which is the world's largest rail cluster. Together they employ ca. 22,000 people - Derby's workforce is highly skilled and the envy of many cities.
It's not just about our longstanding, global giants. Recognised by Centre for Cities as a top ten UK location in which to start a business, Derby welcomes and supports new enterprises with attractive incentives that help SMEs grow, as well as flexible, modern workspaces in which ideas can be nurtured.
Alongside the 21st century technology developed here, our professional and creative sectors thrive in a business community of critical mass, which prides itself on its personal touch. In fact, in 2016, the Financial Times fDi Magazine recognised Derby as a top ten European location for business friendliness.
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1,019,500 (ish) - There are several towns in the county with Derby being the largest and most populous. At the time of the 2011 census, a population of 770,600 lived in the county with 248,752 (32%) living in Derby.
Derby was awarded city status on 7 June 1977 by Queen Elizabeth II to mark the 25th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. The Queen presented the "charter scroll" or 'letters patent' in person on 28 July 1977 on the steps of the Council House to the then Mayor Councillor Jeffrey Tillet (Conservative). Until then, Derby had been one of the few towns in England with a cathedral but not city status.
Derby (i/ˈdɑːrbi/ dar-bi) is a city and unitary authority area in the ceremonial county of Derbyshire, England. It lies on the banks of the River Derwent in the south of Derbyshire, of which it was traditionally the county town. In the 2011 census, the city had a population of 248,700 and 1,543,000 in the wider metro area.
The Roman camp of 'Derventio' was probably at Little Chester/Chester Green (grid reference SK353375), the site of the old Roman fort. Later the town was one of the 'Five Boroughs' (fortified towns) of the Danelaw, until it was captured by Lady Aethelflaed of Mercia in July 917, subsequent to which the town was annexed into the Kingdom of Mercia.
The Viking name Djúra-bý, recorded in Old English as Deoraby, means "Village of the Deer". This popular belief is asserted by Tim Lambert who states, "The name Derby is derived from the Danish words deor by meaning deer settlement."
However the origin of the name "Derby" would seem to be elusive: some assert that it is a corruption of the original Roman name 'Derventio' and others that the name could be linked with the river which flows through it, the Derwent, in that Derby could be a shortened version of Derwent by, meaning "Derwent settlement". The name "Derwent" is Celtic and means "a valley thick with oaks".
Modern research (2004) into the history and archaeology of Derby has provided evidence that the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons probably co-existed, occupying two areas of land surrounded by water. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (c. 900) says that "Derby is divided by water". These areas of land were known as Norþworþig ("Northworthy", = "north enclosure") and Deoraby, and were at the "Irongate" (north) side of Derby.
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