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Most people think of Didcot as a railway town. Situated in Oxfordshire, it is 10 miles south of Oxford, 8 miles east of Wantage and 15 miles northwest of Reading. And the town does, indeed, have a fine railway heritage, having been a station on Brunel's Great Western main line from London Paddington in the 19 th century.
Today Didcot Parkway train station connects it to the national rail network, and the town boasts a fine railway museum, which has served as a film location in many period movies.
But, there’s more to Didcot than just trains.
Lying just outside it are the huge power stations and three large science and technology centres, known collectively as the Science Vale, and Didcot also has a lesser-known connection with cars. The Williams Grand Prix Engineering team was founded here in 1977. It is still based nearby in Grove. Didcot’s motoring heritage was revived when, in 1995, a team aiming to break the world land speed record in a supersonic car began their work here.
If you are visiting Didcot, and want to get out to explore the local area, you probably are looking for a car that offers rather more comfort and less speed than this supersonic contraption. Expedia can certainly help you with this.
We partner with a number of car hire providers to offer you cheap car hire throughout Didcot. Car hire is available from a number of locations in the town, and it couldn’t be simpler to arrange.
To rent a car in Didcot all you need to do is enter online the dates you need the vehicle for. We’ll let you know all the best deals available across a variety of cars from a number of locations. You just have to pick the car and the price that suits you best.
If you are planning a long road trip and wish to return the car to a different location, that is also possible.
So, all you need to do is decide where your car hire in Didcot will take you. And Expedia can help you with this too.
Where to go when you hire a car in Didcot
Just 10 miles to the north is Oxford, one of the world’s most famous university cities. This beautiful city is steeped in history and peppered with ancient buildings. Elegant honey-toned university college buildings, with their tranquil courtyards and cobbled lanes, are scattered throughout the city. Glance up and you can admire Oxford’s famed dreaming spires.
When you rent a car in Didcot you can also explore the delightful Oxfordshire countryside. Rustic charm is the order of the day in the villages and towns here. Old pubs, antique stores and fine stone houses contribute to Woodstock’s beauty. It’s just 18 miles northwest of Didcot and it contains Blenheim Palace, the stately baroque pile that was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.
There’s more history on offer about 20 miles to the east of Didcot in the historic market town of Wantage, the birthplace of Alfred the Great (AD 849–899). Nearby is a verdant valley known as White Horse Hill. Carved into the grass of its slopes is the Uffington White Horse, Britain’s most ancient chalk figure. Make sure you also take in Uffington Castle and Wayland’s Smithy, a Neolithic long barrow, just a stone’s throw from here.
Abingdon is an attractive town with some lovely boutiques and independent shops to browse. If you fancy a stroll you can walk along the banks of the Thames to Oxford from here. Those not feeling quite that energetic may simply wish to hire a boat to enjoy the river.
Drive south through the Chiltern Hills and, in about half an hour, you will arrive in the historic market town of Newbury, just west of Reading. Spanning the River Kennet and the Kennet and Avon Canal, Newbury is centred on a large market square that is home to a number of attractive 17th and 18th century buildings. Those feeling lucky on race day are also able to have a flutter on the horses at Newbury’s famous racecourse.
Newbury lies on the edge of the picturesque Berkshire Downs which are part of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are many short walks or longer hikes you can enjoy in this area.
Not far from Newbury, in the suburban village of Donnington, there’s the part-ruined Donnington Castle. The surrounding hills of this area are where some of the country's most famous racehorse training grounds can be found, so keep your eyes peeled for thoroughbreds.
From fast cars to fast horses there’s plenty to see when you rent a car in Didcot.
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