Things to see and do in Derby
With many of its stores set around attractively paved and largely traffic-free streets, the city centre is an ideal shopper-friendly place to visit for a packed day of retail therapy. Exclusive designer shops and specialist outlets nestle side by side with the big high street names and there's always something new to be discovered around every corner. The Georgian facades of Sadlergate lend an air of sophistication to the street’s cafés, pubs and restaurants.
Also in the area is Calke Abbey (pictured above), with peeling paintwork and overgrown courtyards, Calke Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of a country house estate. The house and stables are little restored, with many abandoned areas vividly portraying a period in the 20th century when numerous country houses did not survive to tell their story. Things to see at the Abbey is Spot the ‘Old Man of Calke’, a 1,200 year old oak tree, Visit the red and fallow deer in their restored deer enclosure, stroll through the pleasure grounds to the flower garden and see the stunning state silk bed, erected for the first time in 1985 after lying undiscovered since the 18th century
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