Oxford lies on the River Thames just 55 miles (90km) north-west of London. The M40 motorway passes within 7 miles of the city and the A34 offers a quick route to south coast destinations. Rail connections include services to London Paddington, Bournemouth, and Birmingham. Eight miles north of Oxford by the pretty village of Woodstock is the majestic Blenheim Palace where Winston Churchill was born. The city of Oxford is home to the historic University of Oxford, which is known to be on of the oldest universities in the English-speaking world.
The city is brim full of architectural gems and fine museums. The Sheldonian Theatre on Broad Street is the University's site for ceremonies of all kinds. Climbing the cupola provides a good view over Oxford for just a small fee. The Ashmolean Museum in Beaumont Street is the oldest in Britain (founded 1683, although moved from the original site) and the Museum of Natural History on Parks Road is a 'must see'.