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Pickford's House

Hidden amongst the gorgeous old buildings and cobbled pavement of Friar Gate sits Pickford’s House; the professional showcase and family home of Georgian architect Joseph Pickford. Now the museum illustrating aspects of domestic life from the 18th to the 20th centuries, Pickford’s House shows the contrast between the master and the servant, the grandeur of Georgian architecture and the changes that occurred in the house over its 250-year life.

Experience domestic life up close and learn about how the Pickford family and later occupants used each fascinating room. From the lavish dining room to the humble servant’s bedroom, you’re bound to find something that piques your interest.

Although the front of the house may look like the entrance to the museum, the visitor entrance is to the right of the building up a ramp, so that it is accessible for everyone. We open the front door to our visitors for special events.



Given the limiting nature of this historic building, at Pickford’s House wheelchair access is unfortunately only available on the ground floor, lower ground floor and garden; and please be aware that there are no accessible toilets at this site for disabled visitors.


By Car
There is free parking at Pickford’s House for visitors. Turn right at the ‘Pickford’s House’ sign off Agard Street. There is also Pay and display parking on Friar Gate.

By Train
With a direct train from London to Derby, you can be at any of our museums in less than two hours!

By Bus
There are frequent and regular bus services into the Derby city centre, operated by Trent Barton and Arriva. Derby bus station is a 10 minute walk away through the city centre.

By Bike
Pickford's House is on cycle routes 54 and 68, part of the Derby City Cycle Map. There are spaces for bicycle parking at Pickford's House - please ask a member of staff when you arrive.


Admission is free, with an option to Give What You Think


Friar Gate
DE1 1DA Derby
United Kingdom


  • Pickford's House Collections



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