Leicester City lies on the River Soar and sits on the fringe of the National Forest. It is located at the intersection of the north/south Midland Main Line and east/west Birmingham/Leicester/Cambridge CrossCountry railway lines and at the confluence of the M1 / M69 motorways and the A46 / A6 trunk routes. The city and metropolitan area is culturally diverse and a major centre of learning. The University of Leicester is famous for the quality of its teaching and research while De Montfort University is very well regarded in many of its specialist fields. The city region also hosts many other notable institutions of higher and further education. East Midlands Airport – 18.8miles, Birmingham Airport – 37miles, Railway Station – Leicester Railway Station, Nearest motorway access – M1(J21) 4miles.