Introducing our free things to do in Derby guide. Be inspired by history, beauty, art & more.


We all love free things right?

And when you can get out the house, have a good time, and not spend a penny, then that can only be a good thing.

So what can you do for free in Derby? Check out our list and tell us what you think on social media.


1. Quad

Derby’s art and culture centre is a place for creative people and thinking.

There is always an exhibition to have a good nosey around. From Crazy Golf to Derby County memorabilia, it’s worth a visit.

Please check the What’s On for current exhibitions at Derby QUAD or discover what Happy Cafe is all about.


2. St Werburghs Church

At the bottom of Friar Gate, on the corner of Cheapside is St Werburghs Church. Built in 1601 and restored in 2004. Open on Saturdays, you can have a free guided tour by some very helpful volunteers who will happily show you round giving you a brief history and the work they are doing to preserve the church.

Food & Drink: Sadler Gate is only a short walk away so why not stop by at the Kitchen for some lunch?

St Werburghs is open Saturdays 10:30 – 13:00


3. Derby Cathedral

One of Derby’s most iconic buildings, Derby Cathedral has a plethora of activities on all year round. However, visiting to take a look at the stunning architecture of the building itself should certainly be on your list of free thing to do in Derby.


4. Darley Abbey

Darley Abbey is a beautiful suburb on the outskirts of Derby centre. A 400 year old ex-milling village, it benefits from some beautiful quirky housing, and impressive mill (pictured) and a fantastic park.


Derby Musuems

Get your history and culture fix with Derby Museums, there’s the main Derby Museum & Art Gallery on The Strand but there is also Pickford’s House on Ashbourne Road.

Both well worth the visit, both completely free!


Derby Police Museum

Soak up Derby’s criminal past with the Police Museum dedicated to all things law and and order.


That’s all folks.

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