Plan your visit

The award-winning Derby City Lab is open to the public seven days a week, though days and times may vary per event/exhibition.

Location & Opening Hours

You can find us at the heart of Derby city centre, in Unit 251 on Level 2 of the Derbion, London Rd, Derby DE1 2PL (between Castle Galleries and Goldsmiths and opposite Frasers/Sports Direct and Marks and Spencer).

Monday – 10am to 4pm
Tuesday – 10am to 4pm
Wednesday – 10am to 4pm
Thursday – 11am to 5pm
Friday – 11am to 5pm
Saturday – 11am to 5pm
Sunday – 11am to 4pm

Our public opening times may vary due to our dynamic discussion groups and events programme. Please check our Google listing for our up-to-date opening hours.

Finding us

By public transport

Derby City Lab is within walking distance of Derby Railway Station, which is approximately 1 mile away (20 minutes walk).

The Lab is well served by bus routes from all directions. For details of the most appropriate route for your journey visit

By road

Derbion is serviced by 2 onsite car parks (payable), both of which contain disabled parking spaces. Further information and fees can be found here.

By bike

There are various Lime cycle hire stations located around the city.

Bikes can be stored at Derbion Cycle Hub, which provides a secure, indoor cycle storage facility. Further information can be found here.

Visitors using folding bicycles can store them inside the Lab.

Take a virtual tour..

There’s nothing better than visiting the Derby City Lab in person. However, you can now take a virtual tour of our dynamic space to assist you with planning your visit.

Our virtual tour allows you to step inside the Lab and explore the space, including the Derby City Model, from the comfort of your home.


We are committed to making the Lab, its services and public programme as accessible and inclusive as possible.

Main front door

Level entry to door


There is an accessible toilet located on Level 2 – Next to Marks & Spencers.

The Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1, near Frasers and M&S. This contains a toilet, hoist, bed, and height-adjustable sink.

Assistance animals

You are most welcome to bring along your assistance animals. Derbion offers specific advice, which can be found here.

Mobility services

Wheelchairs are available to hire free of charge from the customer services desk outside Boots. You just need a form of ID.

Induction loops

Unfortunately there are no induction loops in the Lab at present, however they can be found at the Customer Service desk on Level 1 outside Boots.

Further information

Further detailed accessibility information can be found on the Derbion website.

Please make use of our virtual tour to assist you in preparing for your visit. Should you have any specific questions relating to accessibility, don’t hesitate to get in touch.