Derby was once a relaxed market town, but the Industrial Revolution created a major manufacturing center here. The town made its fortune out of silk, china, railways, and Rolls Royce aircraft engines. It is a great stepping stone to exploring the beautiful Derbyshire countryside. History buffs can learn about the development of English engineering, and bone china fans can take a tour of the Royal Crown Derby Factory. In the demonstration studio, you’ll see workers skillfully making delicate china that is considered the best in England. Derby’s grand cathedral from the 18th century boasts a 64 meter high tower from where you can get magnificent views. Nearby is the Derby Museum of Industry and History, which tells the city’s manufacturing history, including a popular display on the development of the Rolls Royce aircraft engine.