If you’re someone who likes to seek out historic sites of beauty, then look no further than Derby Cathedral. If you’re staying in our hotel in Derbyshire, it’s only right that you go to see the most-visited attraction in the city. Having undergone an extensive renovation, this cathedral just keeps going from strength to strength, attracting visitors from all across the country.
What to Do Whilst I’m There?
Derby Cathedral has plenty to hold your interest throughout your visit. If you explore the inside of the Cathedral, you’ll be able to find important monuments of Derby’s past, such as the tomb of Bess of Hardwich, the wrought iron screen by Robert Bakewell and the memorial of Florence Nightingale. You are also able to find some peace to be prayerful in the tiny St. Katharine’s Chapel which can be located in the crypt. Alternatively, you may also wish to take part in one of our daily services, which are filled with wonderful choral music.
Guided tours of the Cathedral can be pre-booked for a group, organisation or club. Your very own experienced Cathedral guide will be able to provide information on the history of the Cathedral, its monuments and the Cathedral’s silver treasures, all whilst providing insights into how the Cathedral works. If you’re looking to get your heart rate going a little, you could also take on the Derby Cathedral Tower Climb. At 212 feet and 189 steps, this makes Derby Cathedral one of the tallest church towers in England. If you’re planning a visit, keep an eye on the What’s On page as the Cathedral plays host to a variety of seasonal events.
Facilities and Accessibility
During your visit, toilet facilities will be available in the front porch of the Cathedral and disabled toilet facilities can be found downstairs. The latter of which are accessible through a lift. The Cathedral itself has wheelchair access to all areas, except a small side chapel and the Bridge Chapel which is located a short distance away.
If you plan on visiting Bridge Chapel, the Chapel of St Mary on the Bridge, a tailor made programme can be developed including refreshments and table reservations. You will just need to contact the Cathedral Office in advance.
Food and Drink
One of the things to come out of the Cathedral’s latest refurbishment is its new bookshop cafe, The Sanctuary. This light and airy space serves everything from Sunday lunches to hot and cold desserts to keep you fuelled up for the day ahead. Not only that, but you can also sit back and relax with a tea, coffee or other hot drink of your choice.
The Sanctuary is also home to the Cathedral’s gift shop. Packed full of locally produced gifts from Derby or Derbyshire, you’ll find anything from candles, chocolate and gin to more quirky gifts that you can’t find on the high street. Once you’ve finished for the day and you’re ready to return to the Boars Head Hotel, you can settle into our restaurant for a cosy night in. Our experienced chefs are ready to treat you to beautiful dishes using only the finest fresh ingredients. Whether you order a Lamb Rump or a Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable Lasagne, each of our meals are made to order and carefully crafted to give you a gastropub meal you won’t forget.
Where to Find It?
Address: 18-19 Iron Gate, Derby, DE1 3GO
Cathedral Office Contact Number: 01332 341201
Cathedral Bookshop & Cafe Tel: 01332 22766
Website: Derby Cathedral