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Explore Cheltenham

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Car hire in Cheltenham

If you live in, or are visiting, Cheltenham and need a car to explore the local area then Expedia can help you find all the best deals available. You can book your car hire in Cheltenham online – and pick up your car from a choice of locations around the town.

If you are arriving at the Cheltenham Spa Railway Station there are car hire options nearby. Similarly, if you want to pick up your hire car after admiring the Regency splendour of Lansdown Crescent, then you won’t have too far to walk to reach your car.

Cheap car hire in Cheltenham

We work with a vast network of car hire providers to ensure that we can bring you the cheapest car hire in Cheltenham, with the greatest choice of rental vehicles available from a number of locations.

All you need to do is plug in your dates into our car hire search engine and we’ll find you the best deals.

Whether you are looking for a stylish executive car, a budget mini-class car or a spacious SUV you can find many makes and models of car available to hire in Cheltenham – and all at very keen prices.

Exploring Cheltenham

Cheltenham is right next to the M5 motorway between Bristol and Birmingham, the A417 to Swindon and the A40 for Oxford and London.

But before you head out on the road there’s plenty to discover within Cheltenham itself.

Cheltenham has been a spa town resort since the discovery of mineral springs here in 1716, although today it is more famous for its race course which plays host to regular meets and the flagship race of British steeplechase horse racing, the Gold Cup, in March.

It’s still possible to ‘take the waters’ in Cheltenham. The Pittville Pump Room, built in 1830, can be found in the north of Cheltenham, as the centrepiece of Pittville, an extension of the town planned and designed by Joseph Pitt.

George III famously visited the spas in the early 19 th century, boosting Cheltenham’s popularity with an emphatic stamp of royal approval. Other famous visitors include Alice Liddell and Lewis Carroll – the house in Cudnall Street still contains the mirror, or looking glass, that inspired the sequel to Alice in Wonderland.

On a drive around Cheltenham you can take in the affluent area of Montpellier where you’ll find many Grade I-listed buildings sheltering among the vibrant bars, dining options and boutiques. To appreciate the full Regency splendour of Cheltenham head for Lansdown Crescent where a convex terrace of houses was built in the 1830s.

Just outside of town is Charlton Park, a sprawling mansion house with extensive grounds. Since the 1780s deer have roamed among the grounds and a magnificent Dutch-style water gardens was created.

Car rental in Cheltenham for Gloucester

Gloucester Cathedral dates back to the 11 th century and its Romanesque and Gothic architecture contains the tomb of King Edward II.

Drive away from the centre and you’ll soon reach the Gloucester Docks, where restored Victorian warehouses, a dry dock and the Mariners Chapel can be found. The National Waterways Museum here provides a celebration of the city’s industrial past and its long association with the canals and narrowboats.

Car rental in Cheltenham for Burford

A drive to Burford will bring you to one of the most picturesque towns in England. There’s a medieval bridge, many old stone houses and plenty of attractive Tudor and Georgian frontages on display.

Burford is often known as the 'Gateway to the Cotswolds', and that may well be where you want to head next.

Car rental in Cheltenham for the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds roll effortlessly across six counties. Their golden-stoned villages, thatch-roofed cottages, ancient churches, historic almshouses and stately piles grace rivers that run through the centre of their villages.

This is the ultimate destination to enjoy a cream tea and picnic amid scenery that feels like it has barely changed for centuries. There is very good reason why the Cotswolds is England’s second-largest protected area after the Lake District.

Whether you enjoy a scenic drive or park up for a walk, cycle or horse ride through the dramatic hills, you are sure to love every minute of your visit.

Car rental in Cheltenham for Worcester

To the north of Chelmsford is Worcester. Its medieval cathedral graces the banks of the River Severn. There’s more history to explore at the timber-framed Tudor House Museum, where everyday life in 17 th century Worcester is brought vividly to life.

Where will your car hire in Cheltenham take you?

Whether it’s a day at the horseraces or jumping in the saddle for a trot through the Cotswolds, when you hire a car in Cheltenham you are sure to be riding high.