Derby Cathedral

Derby Cathedral towers above the city and has the second highest perpendicular church tower in England!

A family of peregrine falcons has nested here for many years and several chicks have been raised. Bird watchers and visitors are kept entertained with regular aerial displays! WATCH THE LIVE WEBCAM HERE

The Cathedral is a fascinating place to visit, you’ll be amazed at how light and airy it is. Discover the awesome tomb of Bess of Hardwick – a creation designed by the powerful lady herself.

The intricate Bakewell Screen is one of the Cathedral’s central features and a whole host of other treasures await discovery.

Listen out for the bells too - they are the oldest set of 10 bells in the world, one of which was cast in 1520, during the reign of Henry VIII, and is still in use almost 500 years later, making it one of the oldest working objects in Derby.

Climb the 189 steps to see spectacular views of Derby and the surrounding 4 counties.

Experience a lunch break like no other at Derby Cathedral


Did you know that, every Friday lunchtime from now until July 13th, you can enjoy a free concert in Derby Cathedral – and you can bring a packed lunch? From clarinettists to percussionists, talented singers from the Voicebox to Derby Arts Festival winners – Derby Cathedral’s Lunchtime Concert series is a varied weekly programme of free concerts in the Cathedral nave featuring some very special performers.

Designed to inspire, and to make the last lunch break of the week extra special, the Lunchtime Concert series is a hidden gem of the city. With an expanded offer of 10 concerts this year, there's a broad spectrum of music to appeal to a variety of tastes.

The Cathedral's Director of Music, Hugh Morris, said: "These concerts are a great way of spending a lunch hour at the end of the week. We have some first-rate musicians lined up to play; do come and discover this gem of an opportunity in Derby. Why not bring your sandwiches and join us?"

Concerts begin at 1.00pm, and last 45 minutes. Lunches and drinks are available from the Cathedral Café to bring over to the Cathedral, or attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch. Admission is free, with a retiring collection.


 11th - Roman Kosyakov, Piano Recital

  18th - Richard Hinsley, Piano Recital

 25th - Katie Gilbert and Esther Beard, Soprano and Mezzo-soprano Duet Recital


 1st - Hannah Gobbett, Clarinet Recital

 8th - Derby VoiceBox

 15th - G-Mizz, Percussion Recital

 22nd - Derby Arts Festival

 29th - Adrian Lord, Piano Recital


 6th - Luca Luciano, Clarinet Recital

 13th - Gareth Stevens, String Quartet

Cathedral Tower Tours Are Back


Have you ever wondered what Derby looks like from the top of the historic Cathedral tower? Here’s your opportunity to find out! Climb the 189 steps and see Derby like never before from the top of Derby Cathedral’s Tudor tower – the second-tallest parish church tower in the country! See the Smith of Derby carillon play its midday tune on the oldest working set of ten bells in the world and explore the ringing chamber. If you’re lucky, you might just catch sight of the Cathedral’s resident peregrine falcon family!

Advance tickets (£5 adults, £4 8-16 years) on sale from the Cathedral Café; capacity limited to 15 each session.

Tours take place hourly from 10.40am until 3.40pm on the first Saturday of every month until October.

The next tour takes place on 2 June << BOOK TICKETS>>

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