Rent a car in Derby, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in the UK. Derby is a city with a rich, exciting history, and loads of attractions for visitors. Located in the centre of England, Derby is a great place to base your self while exploring the area with your rental car, or even just for a stopover while passing through. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Derby is both easy and economical.
A great way to begin your visit to Derby is by heading to the site where all of the excitement began, almost 300 years ago. Drive your hire car into the city centre, and head to the banks of the River Derwent around which Derby has grown. Here you will find the Museum of Industry and History, which is located on the site of the original silk mill, built here in the early 1700s. The museum houses displays on the development of local industries, and the history of the area.
Not far from the museum, you can visit another of the city's icons, Derby Cathedral. Built in the 14th century in a gothic style, the cathedral is still used to this day and has been preserved in excellent condition.
While an industrial city, Derby has plenty of spaces and reserves for those who love the outdoors. Drive your hire car just south of the city centre, and check out Derby Arboretum, the first public park in England. Donated to the town in 1840, the park includes ponds, flower gardens and large playgrounds for kids. To escape the city altogether, head north and visit the Peak District National Park. The first designated national park in the UK, here you can explore the rolling green hills and forests of the area without a care in the world.
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