Covid-19 Update: Derby Museum and Art Gallery is now open with enhanced safety measures. Pickford’s House and the Silk Mill remain closed until further notice. Please read our access statement prior to your visit for full information.
Museum and Art Gallery

Opening hours:

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday-Saturday 10.30am - 4.30pm
  • Sunday 12pm - 4pm

**Please note, reduced opening hours will be in operation during the Covid-19 crisis. The Museum & Art Gallery is closed on Mondays.

Find us at:

The Strand, Derby DE1 1BS
01332 641901
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Museum of Making

Opening hours:

  • Monday-Sunday Closed

The building is currently closed to the public.

Find us at:

Silk Mill Lane, Derby DE1 3AF
01332 641901
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Pickford's House

Opening hours:

  • Monday-Sunday Closed

**Pickford’s House is currently closed to the public due to the Covid-19 crisis, but we hope to be able to re-open again very soon. Please follow our News page for updates:

Find us at:

41 Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1DA
01332 715181
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Access Statement for Pickford’s House Museum

This access statement does not contain personal opinions as to our suitability for those with access needs, but aims to accurately describe the facilities and services that we offer all our guests/visitors.


Situated in the heart of Derby’s Friar Gate conservation area, Pickford’s House Museum is an elegant Grade 1 listed Georgian four-storey town house built by the prominent architect Joseph Pickford in 1770 for his own family.

Today this award-winning museum shows the accommodation of a late Georgian professional, and has a lively programme of exhibitions and events. We look forward to welcoming you.

If you have any queries or require any assistance please phone 01332 715181 or email


  • Telephone: 01332 715181
  • Fax: 01332 641910 (not on site)
  • Minicom: 01332 256666
  • Situated on the A52 in Derby at 41 Friar Gate, DE1 1DA
  • 10 minute walk from the City centre
  • For directions to Pickford’s House from different approaches and using different modes of transport please phone or see our website.

Car Parking and Arrival

  • Free onsite car parking at the rear of the building (Agard Street)
  • Car park access width restricted (please phone for details)
  • Car park and gardens level access (gravel surface)
  • Car park and gardens suitable for non-motorized wheelchairs
  • Pay and display parking on Friar Gate (steps up to the pavement from the road)
  • Ramped / Level Access to gardens car park and museum lower and ground floor only
  • Support/Guide Dogs welcomed

Main Entrance, Reception and Shop Area

  • There is a doorbell at the entrance door on the ramp if assistance is required.
  • The main entrance door is manual and opens outwards.
  • Immediately on entering there is a sunken coir mat.
  • The entrance doorway and hall are suitable for wheelchairs and the main flooring is marble stone.
  • Entry is free of charge.

Attraction (displays, exhibits, rides etc.)

  • On the lower ground floor the kitchen and laundry have been reconstructed, together with a cellar and pantry, so that visitors can get an idea of what life was like for the servants working below stairs in Georgian times. One of the cellars is equipped as an air-raid shelter of the 1940s. The ground floor is furnished as it might have been in Joseph Pickford’s time together with dining room, drawing room and morning room. A Georgian bedroom and dressing room have been recreated on the first floor. The upper floor features a servant’s bedroom, complete with straw mattress, and a gallery of toy theatres.

Public Toilets

  • Pickford’s House is an historic building and adaptations have been made to give wheelchair users access to the ground floor and basement. Unfortunately there is no toilet on these floors and no wheelchair access to the first and second floors.
  • There are two public bathrooms available for use situated off the main staircase, both are unisex. One on the first floor landing and one on the second floor landing. The first is a 1930s bathroom with period fittings and linoleum flooring. The second is an Edwardian bathroom with period fittings and linoleum flooring, and includes a step of around 200mm to access the sink and toilet.
  • Baby changing facilities available in Edwardian bathroom on the top floor.


  • The shop is currently located within the reception area of the museum on the ground floor.
  • There are no steps into the shop.
  • The floor is a hard surface with a flat rug.
  • The area is permanently staffed during opening hours, so full assistance is available.
  • The shop/reception area is 7.84m square so due to it’s compact size all goods are displayed on shelving units fixed to the wall
  • The room is lit by a pendant light in the centre of the ceiling and full size Georgian sash window (with venetian blind) located directly behind the reception desk

Grounds and Gardens

  • Surfaces for the car park and the Georgian garden path are flat Breedon gravel, no steps.
  • The surface in the side garden is slightly sloped, leading from the car park up to the ramped entrance to the building. Part Breedon gravel, part flagstone. This pathway narrows at one point to 740mm.
  • Gardens and entrance ramp are halogen floodlight (on timers)
  • Car park is not lit.
  • Benches are situated in both gardens.
  • No WC available outside.

Additional Information

  • Full details of our evacuation procedures can be obtained by contacting the museum.
  • All staff are trained in fire evacuation procedures.
  • All service dogs are welcome, water available.
  • A fridge is available upon arrival for medications etc.

Contact Information

Address: Pickford’s House Museum 41 Friar Gate Derby Derbyshire DE1 1DA
Telephone: 01332 715181

Minicom: 01332 256666
Grid Reference: SK 353 366
Hours Of Operation: Tuesday – Saturday – 10am to 5pm. Sundays – Closed. Please phone for Christmas and New Year opening times
Local Accessible Taxi: 01332 717171
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Local Public Transport: Derby’s position at the heart of the country means it has excellent road, rail and air links. The city is just one hour and 40 minutes by rail from London, and trains from Derby can also take you as far north as Edinburgh and as far south as Devon. East Midlands Airport is 15 minutes’ drive away from the city centre, and has flights to Europe and beyond. Road links are also good around the city, with the A52, A50, A6 and A38 running through Derby and junctions 24 and 25 of the M1 just 15 minutes’ drive away. Derby City Council work in partnership with local bus companies, including Trent Barton and Arriva, to make sure public transport to and from the city is co-ordinated and to encourage people to travel by bus or rail instead of by car. Trent Barton: opening hours are 8am to 7pm Monday to Friday & 8am to 12pm on Saturday, they can be contacted by telephone on 01773 712265. Arriva: 0844 800 44 11
Local Carers: 01332 299449
Local Equipment Hire: 01332 299449

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