Darley Park is a large, picturesque and popular park situated within a walking distance of the city centre. It's located on the River Derwent at the gateway to the World Heritage Site. It is popular with visitors from across the County and is a peaceful place to escape city life.
It hosts many events throughout the year, including the classical Darley Park Concert.
Darley Park is surrounded by many public open spaces of local historic importance. They are:
There's lots to do in Darley Park, and most of it is free. Here are some things you can do...
There are lots of organised activities such as nature walks and conservation days held on the wildlife sites. For more information visit www.darleyandnutwood.org.uk
The Rights of Way Service also has the 'Walks and activities in Derby' programme of activities across the city. For more information about our Rights of Way Service, visit our Rights of Way - information and advice page.
Darley Park hosts a butterfly garden next to the Hydrangea Collection and you can also find two larger wildlife sites in Darley Abbey along the River Derwent corridor.
Darley and Nutwood Local Nature Reserve and the Darley Park Wildflower Meadow provide the perfect home to a wide range of common species and a few rarities, including:
Peregrine falcons which nest in Derby Cathedral are often spotted overhead.
Nutwood became a local nature reserve in January 2008. It is located about 400 metres upstream from the toll bridge and is about 10 hectares in size.
For more information, visit the Darley and Nutwood website.
The Hydrangea Collection began when we first planted the collection in 1984. Since April 2010 the collection has been maintained in partnership with a subgroup of Friends of Darley Open Spaces (FoDOS) called Hydrangea Derby.
The collection is the largest in Britain and the third largest in the world. It now holds over 400 different types and is still growing.
The Hydrangea Derby Project enables volunteers to help in weeding, pruning, mulching, locating and propagating new types of plant, cataloguing and marketing the collection. It also puts on opening days.
For more information on events, or to get involved with the group, visit Hydrangea Derby's website.
Darley Park was donated to the people of Derby in 1929 by the Evans family who founded Darley Abbey's cotton mills. It was officially opened by HRH the Duke of Kent on 30th June 1931.
Sadly, the mansion, sited on top of the terrace, failed to find a role after the war and was knocked down in 1962. One room survives as the café, and the early 19th century stable court remains.
The Friends of Darley Open Spaces group acts as a partnership between the Council, users and local communities. You can become a member for £5 each household - this is a great way to get involved in what's happening in your local park.
To find out about Friends of Darley Open Spaces and how you can get involved, visit Friends of Darley Open Spaces' website.
Cycle route 54 is the most picturesque way to walk into the park. Alternatively, Duffield Road (A6) offers a well lit pavement route from the city centre - you can get into the park by going down Darley Park Drive which is opposuite The Broadway pub.
From Derby city centre, follow cycle route 54 along the River Derwent. The entrance to the park is near Handyside Bridge.
All of Darley Park's car parks are free.
The Trent Barton 'Sixes' (6.1, 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4) regularly go past Darley Park Drive off Duffield Road (A6). It is then a short walk to the entrance of the park. For more information and bus times, please call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608.