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At the gateway to the Peak District, Derby is a growing city with a population of over 230,000.

At the heart of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century, with Rolls Royce, British Rail and Royal Crown Derby following on in the 20th century, Derby became a city in 1977 as part of the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations, but as a town it goes back a long way. It was given its name by the Danes, and eventually became known as Derby which means 'place of the deer'.

Culturally diverse, Derby has a university and the Royal School for the Deaf. It is known for the 'Rams', Derby County Football Club based in Pride Park Stadium. Also of interest is Derby Arboretum, the first public park in the world, a number of museums and the arts, theatres, leisure centres and other public parks.

Derby is as central in England as you can be with excellent transport links to Sheffield and the North, Nottingham and the East, Birmingham and the West, London and the South by rail or road. The M1 motorway is close and East Midlands, Birmingham and Manchester airports are within easy reach.

Read more about Derby on Wikipedia.

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