Living and working in Derbyshire

Living and working in Derbyshire

Why choose to live in Derby and Derbyshire?

Derby has previously been listed as the second best place in the country to live and make a living. Research in 2014 compared the average salary around the country with the average mortgage in the same place. It also took into account the rate of unemployment and jobs and rated Derby as one of the best places to live in the country.

Derbyshire is an area of great natural beauty with rugged, peat-covered moorlands and magnificent limestone dales, with picturesque towns and villages, historic churches and some grand houses. It is the location of Britain’s first National Park - the Peak District National Park, which is the world’s second most visited National Park. The Peak District is located in the central northern part of England, covering parts of the counties of Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire and South Yorkshire.

Whether you enjoy your shopping or leisurely sightseeing trips Derbyshire’s lively towns offer a delightful array of attractions. Derby itself offers the best of both worlds – multicultural city life on the doorstep of a stunning rural environment.

Living and working in Derbyshire

Derbyshire is a county of contradictions. It’s home to the wilderness of the Peak District National Park, but only a one to two hour drive from the cosmopolitan cities of Manchester and Sheffield. It’s home to some of the nation’s oldest pubs yet Derby – the county’s only city – has been named UK Capital for Innovation.


Derby has a great buying and rental property market with prices that are comparably favourable with the rest of England and Wales. There is a wide range of homes available across the city of Derby and Derbyshire from upmarket luxury flats, family homes to city mill conversion apartments.

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Transport Links


Can be in London in under two hours. Direct rail services connect Derby with many other destinations. Derby to Nottingham, Leicester or Birmingham takes only 30 minutes.


A6 links Derbyshire to Leicester and Manchester
M1 takes you south to London or north to Sheffield and Leeds
80% of the population are within a two hour drive - great for visiting friends, family, customers and suppliers


15 miles (30 minutes) to East Midlands Airport
40 miles to Birmingham International Airport
Extensive air links to European and worldwide destinations


Liverpool’s ferry terminals are 60 miles away.

Things to do in Derby

Home to:

  • Derby County Football Club
  • Derbyshire County Cricket Club
  • World-famous Donington Park motor racing circuit
  • Multi-purpose arena which includes a velodrome
  • Sporting events such as the Jenson Button Triathlon, 10K runs and marathons

Enjoy music, the arts, national and internationally acclaimed festivals such as:

  • Derby Festé
  • Live performances at Derby Theatre and Guildhall Theatre
  • The QUAD, hosting the very best international quality art and film
  • The Joseph Wright Gallery at Derby Museum
  • Deda is a centre for excellence in the world of dance performances, classes and visual art
  • Derby Cathedral and Chesterfield Crocked Spire Church.

Top places and experiences in Derbyshire you shouldn’t miss...

  • Chatsworth, known as the palace of the peak. Historic home of the Duke of Devonshire with 1000-acre estate and ever changing exhibitions
  • Haddon Hall, described as the most perfect English house to survive from the middle ages
  • National Trust Properties, Derbyshire has some of the finest and most varied national trust properties in the country
    • If you love film, you’ll recognise Kedleston Hall. The building appeared in the Hollywood film The Legend of Tarzan as well as The Duchess
    • Hardwick Hall was built by Bess of Hardwick, the richest woman in England after Queen Elizabeth I. It is famed for having more windows than walls. Take one of the many walks around the estate to enjoy its woodland and farm animals
  • Bakewell is home to the Bakewell pudding, one of the Peak District’s world famous delicacies
  • Buxton Opera House, take in a show at the Edwardian gem of a theatre. The Edwardian theatre was restored in 2001 and is home to Buxton Festival
  • Well Dressing, centuries old tradition of creating living art installations from petals and other natural materials
  • Expend some energy among the Peak District National Park’s moors, lakes and tors. Choose from abseiling, rock climbing, caving, potholing, kayaking, rowing, cycling, walking or horse riding
  • Admire the views of Derwent Valley and the Peak District from the Heights of Abraham at Matlock Bath
  • Castleton’s Caverns, marvel at the largest natural cave mouth in Europe.

Starring roles

Derbyshire has taken centre stage in everything from Hollywood blockbusters to gritty television dramas. Here are the headline acts that have been launched in the area;

  • Chatsworth – Setting for the film of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice
  • Derwent Valley – Setting for the war film The Dam Busters
  • Dovedale, Lindale and Ilam Hall – Luscious white peak landscapes that appeared in the latest version of Robin Hood
  • Hardwick Hall – Elizabethan splendour transformed by 21st century technology into Malfoy Manor in Harry Potter.


Derby and Derbyshire both provide an excellent choice of state and private schools along with a wide range of highly regarded independent schools including:

  • Derby Grammar
  • Derby High
  • Repton
  • Ockbrook School.

The city also features:

  • Derby College, which has over 15,000 students
  • University of Derby, featured in the Top 50 of The Guardian University Guide 2015, which offers a wide range of high quality education.