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Situated at the edge of the English Channel, the county of Kent is often known as ‘the garden of England’ because of its orchards and greenery. There are many scenic attractions to explore by hire car, including historical landmarks, seaside towns and picturesque villages. Kent is an ideal location to experience some of the best of British countryside and coastline, as well as visiting historical cities like Canterbury,Norwich,Cambridge and London.
If you’re arriving via London City Airport then it’s a 50-mile drive by rental car to the centre of Kent. En route, you could stop off at Blue Bell Hill between Rochester and Maidstone to see the famous prehistoric tombs, the Medway Megaliths. Or you could visit Bluewater shopping centre, the fourth biggest in the UK and a great spot for picking up souvenirs.
There are various rental car providers to suit your budget and preferences, including Enterprise, Hertz and Alamo. For a truly British driving experience, Easirent even offer Minis for hire.
History-filled Canterbury, with its famous cathedral, is Kent’s main city and a thriving hub of sights and shops. The White Cliffs of Dover, on the Kent coast, are an official Area of Outstanding Beauty. On the North Foreland of Kent is Margate, a classic British seaside town. Some of Margate’s main attractions are the old-fashioned Ferris wheel, the Turner Contemporary art gallery, and the mysterious underground Shell Grotto. London is around a 60-mile drive from the centre of Kent, so you can easily visit Buckingham Palace, go shopping in Covent Garden or take a boat trip down the Thames.
Kent has an accessible road network, so you can get around fairly easily. It’s a scenic county to explore by rental car, but bear in mind that rural roads can be rugged and narrow. Remember that the UK is left-hand drive and that it’s illegal to use a mobile phone while driving. If you’re planning to take your hire car from Kent to London note that there will be a congestion charge to enter the city centre.
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