Derby Cathedral

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The most visited attraction in Derby, its monuments and history, undertaking tours of the tower and enjoying its calm reflective environment.

About this church

Worship has been offered on this site for more than a thousand years, and the present building, commissioned from James Gibbs architect of St Martin in the Fields in London, goes back nearly three hundred years, with a tower which is considerably older. Inside the Cathedral you will find important monuments of Derby's past, such as the tomb of Bess of Hardwick, the wrought iron screen by Robert Bakewell (1730), and the memorial of Florence Nightingale. You will also find a place to be still and prayerful, either by yourself, the tiny St Katherine's Chapel in the crypt is perfect for this, or in one of the daily services, many of which include wonderful choral music. You can book a tour to the top of the tower and glimpse stunning views of Derby, or attend one of the many events which take place here each month. Many events, all services, and admission to the building are all free. In 2017 we celebrated ninety years since All Saints was hallowed as a cathedral with the creation of the new Diocese of Derby. Over these ninety years, Derby Cathedral has sought to serve the bishops and parishes of the Diocese, together with all who live and work in the city and county.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Train station within 250m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Non-accessible toilets in church
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Café in church
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike
  • Church shop or souvenirs

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