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A quintessentially English city, Oxford has always been popular with visitors wanting to see the historic university and soak up some of the city’s culture. Wandering the ancient streets feels like being on a film set, so iconic are the buildings and tone.
Nestled between the Cotswolds, the Chiltern Hills and the North Wessex Downs, renting a hire car in Oxford is a great way to explore.
There are a number of airport options nearby. London’s Heathrow is a 50-mile jaunt on the M40 and a journey of just over an hour to Oxford by hire car. Gloucestershire Airport is the same distance, but avoids motorways, instead requiring a drive through the Cotswolds on the A40.
There is also Luton Airport, which is 67 miles, or one hour 20 minutes, from Oxford by car.
Alamo, Hertz and Eurodrive are among the Oxford rental car options. Check out airports, where many of the big name car rental offices have branches, or book online in advance. And once you have your wheels there are plenty of places to explore.
An hour east of Oxford, heading out towards Bath and Bristol, is Swindon. The old market town is 30 miles from Oxford, and has a quaint old town full of pubs and cafes.
Head 40 miles up the M40 to Milton Keynes to visit the popular Snowzone for some indoor skiing and snowboarding. Or stop at Bletchley Park, home of the World War Two code breakers. Find out how they broke the Enigma Code and try your hand at deciphering some messages yourself. And once you’re en route, why not take a pit stop halfway at Bicester Shopping Village. Alexander McQueen, Mulberry and Vivienne Westwood all have outlet shops to browse, alongside some of the world’s biggest fashion designers. So popular is it with visitors that signposts are everywhere and the car park has been extended many times over to cater for the ever-increasing hoards.
An hour east of Oxford, heading out towards Bath and Bristol, is Swindon. The old market town is 30 miles from Oxford with a rental car, and has a quaint old town full of pubs and cafes. Oxford is also a great base for road trips slightly further afield. The towns of Warwick and Leamington Spa are a simple ride up the M40 motorway, and Birmingham, home of the blue and silver curves of the Bullring Shopping Centre, is less than two hours (76 miles) away by car.
Being close to both the M40 and the M4 means Oxford has easy motorway links, but drive just a few moments outside the city and you can find some beautiful roads through lush green countryside and pretty villages. It’s all quite idyllic.
The driving laws are all standard UK – wear a seatbelt, don’t drink and drive, and stick to the speed limits, which are generally well signed.
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