Ilkeston (also locally known as ''Ilson'') is a town within the Erewash, in Derbyshire, England. It lies on the River Erewash, from which the local borough takes its name. Its population at the 2001 census was 37,550. Its major industries were traditionally coal mining, iron working and lace making / textiles, but these have all but disappeared in the last few decades.
The town is close to both Derby and Nottingham and is near to the M1 motorway. Although Ilkeston lies within Derbyshire, it is closer to Nottingham. The eastern boundary of Ilkeston is only two miles from Nottingham's western edge. Ilkeston is considered by the Office for National Statistics to be part of Greater Nottingham.

Why visit?

  • Ilkeston is home to a number of attractions, including the Erewash Museum, the Ilkeston Market Place, and the Ilkeston Town Hall. There are also a number of parks and open spaces to explore, such as the Shipley Country Park and the Erewash Valley Nature Reserve.
  • Ilkeston hosts a number of events throughout the year, including the Ilkeston Carnival, the Ilkeston Festival, and the Ilkeston Music Festival. There are also a number of regular markets, including the Ilkeston Market Place and the Ilkeston Charter Fair.
  • Ilkeston has a long and fascinating history, with evidence of human activity in the area dating back to the Iron Age. The town has a wealth of historic sites to explore, including the ruins of the 12th century St Mary's Church, the Ilkeston Charter Fair, and the Ilkeston Town Hall.