It was recorded in the Doomesday book as 'Adelardestreu', an outlier of the manor of Markeaton.
It is bordered by the district of Amber Valley along its west and northern edges and Erewash in its north-east corner. To the south it borders the ward of Mackworth and to the east the ward of Darley Abbey.
The ward is largely residential and has two parks, Allestree park to the north and Markeaton park to the south. The ward contains parts of the village of Markeaton which at one time was a large estate containing Allestree village. The village became a parish in its own right in 1864 and was incorporated into the Borough of Derby in 1968.
Melbourne is the most southerly town in Derbyshire. Melbourne parish church has been described as a "cathedral in miniature" and is one of five churches in Melbourne. The Domesday Book records a church and priest here in 1086. The present church was built about 1120, and most of the original masonry is intact, except for the East end which has been refurbished.