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Derby is the home of bone china, silk and Rolls-Royce engines. Whilst the beauty of the city does not match that of the products it is famed for, redevelopment has blossomed the city into a popular place to live and work. Based on the edge of the Peak District National Park and benefitting from East Midlands culture, Derby residents get the best of both worlds.
If you are moving to or from Derby, or any of the surrounding areas, get in touch with family-run removals firm Britannia Bradshaw of Leicester. As well as removals in Staffordshire and South Cheshire, they can also provide packing and storage services.
Moving to Derby
There are over 90,000 homes in Derby and those moving to the area will be surprised at the variety of properties available to buy and rent. Potential residents will also be pleased to hear that the local Council are rated one of the best in England and Wales, awarded the highest possible status by the Audit Commission.
Those who move to Derby are captivated by the period properties, many of which are Grade II listed or Victorian. A lot of the old mills have been converted into trendy apartments, benefitting from high ceilings. Housing in the city centre itself is limited to flats, which is ideal for professionals and students who want access to the University of Derby. The popular family areas include Allestree, Mackworth village, Quardon and Darley Abbey.
Shopping in Derby
Derby has a very prominent café culture and the Cathedral Quarter is brimming with places to enjoy a spot of lunch or afternoon tea. The streets of this area are also full of independent shops and boutiques. However, the large Westfield shopping centre is not far away, which offers all the high-street favourites, a multiplex cinema and countless restaurants. Other options include Eagle Centre Market and Market Hall which are open every day.
Transport Links Derby
Driving in Derby city centre will require you to have the patience of a saint at pretty much any time of the day. The traffic is slow moving and carparks rarely have spaces. The best way to get into the city is by Park & Ride, with a scheme operating from the Meteor Centre.
The M1 lies to the east of Derby, with junction 25 easily accessible by the A52. This allows those who drive to get to the likes of Sheffield, Nottingham, Loughborough and Leicester easily. Alternatively, the M6 is further to the west, connecting Derby to Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester.
Derby railway station is formed on six platforms and is served by East Midlands Trains and CrossCountry. It underwent major renovations from 2005 to 2009 and services now travel to Birmingham New Street, Sheffield, Chesterfield, Nottingham and Leicester.