Westfield Derby is Derby's main shopping centre. It houses approximately 150 stores including cafes and hairdressers. The centre also includes an "Eat Central" or food hall. A 12 screen cinema is due to open in Spring 2008 and there is a childrens' soft play area called "Playworld". The centre has occasional events, details of which can be found on the website. They also offer a concierge service and have disabled facilities.
Opening times are:
Monday - Wednesday, 9am to 7pm
Thursday & Friday, 9am to 9pm
Saturday 9am to 7pm
Sunday 10.30am to 4.30pm
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park
This site is the scene of the last major action in the war of the Roses where Henry Tudor defeated Richard III. The result of the battle saw the end of rule of England by the Plantagenets and the start of the Tudor reign. The battle was fought August 22, 1485.
Features include a battle re-enactment annually on the weekend closest to the anniversary. There is a battlefield trail, visitor center (as of summer 2007 writing undergoing renovation), restaurant and gift shop.
There is a £1.50 parking charge for cars. To visit the battlefield costs are £3.25 for adults, £2.25 for children and £8.50 for families. Open 11:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m. April to October and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Nov and December Sundays only.
Pickford's House is Derby's museum of Georgian Life and Costume. Some rooms in the house are decorated and set out as they might have been in Joseph Pickford's time in the Georgian period and one of the cellars is equipped as an air-raid shelter of the 1940s. There are displays of toys, costumes and textiles on the upper floors. The costume and accessories collection dates from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.
There is parking at the rear of the house. There is disabled access to the ground floor and basement, but not yet to the upper floors. Also there are no toilets on the ground and basement floors. Baby changing facilities are available.
Entry is free of charge. Opening times are:
Monday: 11am - 5pm
Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 1pm - 4pm
The museum closes over the Christmas hoiliday period.
The Severn Bore
Arising in the Cambrian Mountains in mid Wales and joining the Irish Sea as the Bristol Channel, the Severn is Britain's longest river (354 kilometres). The river is the site of one of the country's few natural phenomena, the Severn Bore. This is a tidal wave which travels upstream propagated by the narrowing of the river's channel. Usually seen as a series of three or four waves, the Bore can reach speeds of up to 13 miles per hour and, with a particularly high tide, can reach a height of six feet.
There are several places where the Bore can be seen and there are tide tables which predict the hour of its occurrence. At Minsterworth the road is right beside the river and access to the river can be gained at the Bird-in-Hand pub, by the old ferry or at the church. It has become an attraction for surfers to ride the wave upstream and the record distance is currently some seven and a half miles (set in April 2006).
Local parking is available at several sites where the road approaches the river bank.
There is local parking at the access points.
Viewing: no charge
Leicester has been a market town for over 700 years. Today the Leicester market is a bustling cosmopolitan mix of over 300 stalls (fresh produce, books, leather goods, clothing) in the heart of the city. It is the largest covered market in Europe. The family of a local football celebrity who started his professional career with Leicester City FC are still fruit and vegetable traders here.
In the centre of the market is the old Corn Exchange building, built in 1850 and flanked by stone steps. This now serves as a restaurant and bar. Outside is a stature of the Duke of Rutland.
Adjacent is the Indoor Market hall which houses the fish market and a delicatessen. The original ornately designed Fish Market hall which had distinctly cast iron pillars was closed in the mid 1970s but was retained as part of the new structure.
It can be approached from Cheapside (adjacent to the Clock Tower); from the corner of Granby Street and Horsefair Street and from any of the narrow streets and arcades leading from High Street and Hotel Street.
Outdoor: Monday to Saturday
Indoor: Tuesday to Saturday
Jewry Wall and Roman Baths
Leicester is steeped in history and there are many ancient monuments and places of historic interest, particulary to the south and west of the city centre. It was originally a Roman settlement (Ratae Coritanorum) where the Foss Way crossed the River Soar.
A five minute walk away from the Clock Tower is the Jewry Wall, one of the largest surviving pieces of Roman building in the country and one of Leicesters most famous landmarks. It consists of a wall with two arched doorways which form the entrance to the Roman baths. The foundations and outline of the baths are laid out at the foot of the wall.
The Leicester Museum of Archaeology stands within the grounds housing displays of the Leicester area from prehistoric to mediaeval times. Its large Roman collection includes mosaics and wall paintings. The museum also shows a multimedia presentation The Making of Leicester the story of Leicester and its citizens from the Iron Age to the year 2000.
Opening: February - November
Saturdays: 11.00am to 4.30pm
Sundays : 11.00am to 4.30pm
Closed: Monday - Friday
During school holidays
Open 7 days a week