City and Country Life

Follow in the footsteps of Florence Nightingale….

Derbyshire offers the best of both worlds - cosmopolitan city life right on the doorstep of the glorious, breath-taking countryside of the Peak District.

Derby is an attractive, compact and accessible city with an enviable quality of life and is home to 250,000 people, the biggest increase in its population is among the young; 25 to 34 year old professionals attracted by affordable housing and the job prospects offered by prestigious employers.


Discover all there is to see and do in the Peak District. There’s something for everyone.

For some it’s a wild and wonderful setting for outdoor activities, including the many that enjoy in the Peak District National Park.  Or there’s cycling, abseiling and even yachting to enjoy. For others it’s their favourite spot for a meal out – featuring fine local produce – with family and friends. Living and working in Derbyshire offers you all of this on your doorstep.

Change your outlook in every sense and enjoy the worklife balance you’ve been searching so long for. Derbyshire’s vibrant Market Towns and quaint Peak District Villages make for ideal places to set up home, potter, browse and explore.

From Glossop in the north to Swadlincote in the south, and Chesterfield in the east to Knutsford in the west, there are plenty of towns and villages in the Peak District and Derbyshire waiting for you.

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Living in Derby offers a taste of friendly and cosmopolitan city life. Whether you’re in search of a quality shopping experience, international cuisine…fascinating history and heritage, bustling nightlife or somewhere special to stay, this dynamic yet compact city fits the bill.

The prestigious Intu Derby has put the city firmly on the country’s retail map. The new centre is packed with over 150 stores including high street favourites, leading fashion brands and independent stores. For a more intimate shopping experience, meander amongst designer boutiques and exclusive shops along the cobbled streets of Sadler Gate and Iron Gate in the chic Cathedral Quarter.

When it comes to eating out, Derby offers you the world on a plate, thanks to award winning restaurants and more than 100 venues offering a varied selection of cuisine inspired by countries across the globe. The city has something to suit every taste and budget, from tapas to pasta, entrecote to enchiladas or a cup of fair trade cappuccino from one of Derby’s chic bistros.

Entertainment in Derby is equally eclectic – ranging from shows and comedy at the Assembly Rooms to music and drama at the Guildhall Theatre. Visual arts and media will be well served at the state-of-the-art QUAD centre.

Film buffs can choose from three multi-screen cinema complexes, including Intu Derby’s Cinema de Lux.

Football fans can watch a match or take a tour at the magnificent iPro Stadium, home of Derby County Football Club. Real ale fans can revel in two annual CAMRA festivals, three micro breweries and more than 120 real ale pubs. If ghosts are your thing, Derby’s famous ghost walks, created by Most Haunted’s Richard Felix, are here to scare the living daylights out of anyone brave enough!

It also pays to explore the wealth of historic buildings and museums in Derby – many of which offer free admission. Its elegant cathedral has a long association with the Dukes of Devonshire, including a monument to the famous Bess of Hardwick, and is now the unlikely home of a family of peregrine falcons. Derby Museum and Art Gallery houses the world’s largest collection of paintings by the city’s 18th centure master, Joseph Wright, while the world’s first water-powered Silk Mill now houses Derby’s Museum of Industry and History.

Derby is a great choice for friendly and cosmopolitan city living, and an ideal gateway to the countryside of the Peak District and Derbyshire.

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An historic market town famous for the Crooked Spire Church of Saint Mary and All Saints. Markets are held every Monday, Friday and Saturday with a flea market every Thursday and a farmers’ market on the 2nd Thursday of every month. Today the market has grown to be one of the biggest in the country and, every year, hosts events that have guaranteed it a place at the heart of Chesterfield.

Chesterfield also has a theatre, a concert and exhibition centre and a 10 screen cinema, as well as a sports centre with 3 swimming pools, squash courts and gym, and a park with a miniature train and one of the loveliest cricket grounds in the country, all in the town centre.

Investigate the town’s past at the Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery, which traces the town’s history from the day the Romans marched up Ryknield Street and built a fort, through the Industrial Revolution and the arrival of the railways (which brought George Stephenson to Chesterfield) right up to the present day. Or pick up a Town Trail from the Visitor Information Centre and discover some of the less well known but equally fascinating places of interest in the town centre, such as Secker’s House and Number 2 St Mary’s Gate.

Living in Chesterfield gives you so many options, from climbing the Tower of the ‘Crooked Spire’ to browsing the Market, from taking a walk alongside the Canal to delving into the town’s past, and from an evening at the theatre to a pint of real ale in one of the local pubs. But don’t take our word for it – come along and visit for yourself!

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Sheffield offers pulse-racing extreme sports; international cultural events at Sheffield City Hall, museums, galleries and theatres, including the largest theatre complex outside of London which comprises of The Crucible Theatre which is home to the World Snooker Championships, the Lyceum and the Crucible Studio; the Winter Garden which is the largest urban glass house in Europe, home to over 2000 species of plants from all over the world; exquisite boutique hotels and fabulous shopping – either visiting the food haven of New Moor Market which has around 200 stalls of artisan produce, or Meadowhall with more than 270 shops under one roof.

It is also home to the National Pub of the Year 2008 and 2009. If there’s one place that has it all, it has to be Sheffield.

Living in Sheffield offers you plenty of places to discover and explore, things to do, fantastic festivals plus so much more.

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