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The city of Derby is located in the East Midlands area of England and lies on the River Derwent. The city of Derby has an important place in economic history as it is considered to be the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and home to the first factory in the world. The arrival of the railways in the 19th century also led Derby to become an important centre of the British rail industry.
Modern day Derby has an international reputation for advanced transport manufacturing being home to the world's second largest aircraft engine manufacturer, Rolls Royce, and to Derby Litchurch Lane Works, the UK's only remaining train manufacturer which is now owned by Bombardier. Toyota Manufacturing has its UK headquarters located just to the south of Derby at Burnaston.
Visitors to Derby can enjoy the city's notable landmarks which include Derby Cathedral, Derby Gaol, Derby Industrial Museum, Pickford's House Museum and the Derby Museum and Art Gallery.
The main shopping area in Derby is divided into three main areas. These are the Cathedral Quarter, the St Peters Quarter and Intu Shopping Centre. The Cathedral Quarter has a large number of shops, boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants and is centered around the Cathedral.
The historic university city of Oxford is located in the county of Oxfordshire and is roughly 35 miles to the east of Cheltenham and 30 miles to the south west of Milton Keynes. Although known for its university the economy of Oxford is also reliant on car making, publishing, science and technology, bellfounding and brewing. Several of the University's colleges had private breweries which includes Brasenose College whose brewery survived until 1889.
Oxford used to be an important port of the River Thames, although the section of the Thames that runs through Oxford is called The Isis. To accommodate commercial traffic the Oxford-Burcot Commission in the 17th century took steps to improve the navigability of the river. The Oxford Canal was constructed in the 18th century in order to connect Oxford with the Midlands. Commercial traffic has given way to recreational use of the river and canal. Oxford was the original base of Salters Steamers and there is a regular service from Folly Bridge downstream to Abingdon and beyond.
Interesting attractions in the city include the Ashmolean Museum, the Bodleian Library, Christ Church Cathedral, The Headington Shark, the Museum of History and Science and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.