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The old market town of Swindon has the Cotswolds on one side and the North Wessex Downs on the other. Bath, Bristol and Oxford are also close neighbours, making it a great destination for a driving holiday. Get a hire car in Swindon and enjoy stunning countryside and buzzing cities.
Swindon sits in the county of Wiltshire, which is full of pretty villages and gastro pubs. Renting a car gives you the best opportunity to head off the main roads and start exploring. It also means you can try and navigate Swindon’s much loved (or is that hated?) magic roundabout. Even natives find the six island network of arrows and give ways rather confusing.
Gloucestershire Airport is 35 miles from Swindon, and a picturesque journey through the Cotswolds. Bristol Airport is 50 miles away, and a one-hour drive along the M4. The town also has a train station, which offers direct trains to and from London.
Hertz, Avis and Enterprise are among the brands that can supply a rental car in Swindon. If you are travelling with children check the UK law on child car seats. Children should use a car seat until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall.
One hour from Swindon town centre is Bristol, a busy university city, with much to offer. High street shops and high-end boutiques are all available, and the waterfront area has bars, restaurants and some stunning old ships. The Matthew is a reconstruction of the boat used by John Cabot when he discovered Newfoundland in 1497. Most of the time it sits in Bristol’s harbour, but if you’re lucky you might get to watch it drop its sails and glide off.
Cardiff, Wales’ capital city, is about 80 miles from Swindon, and the journey time is about one hour 20 minutes, mostly along the M4. Take the opportunity to drive over the Second Severn Crossing, a 5,134m bridge connecting England and Wales. You do have to pay for the pleasure, with a toll of about £6.70, depending on the number of seats in your vehicle. Once there, head to the waterfront area and enjoy the modern architecture of the Senedd, home of the National Assembly of Wales’ debating chamber.
Back in England, drive the M4 to Reading, a town on the river Thames. Less than an hour’s drive from Swindon, why not visit the peacocks and ride the miniature train at Beale Park.
Most of these journeys use large roads and motorways, which are generally well maintained and signposted and there are a number of service stations along the M4. Check the national speed limits before you set off. Dual carriageways and motorways are generally 70mph unless signposted, while 30 is the maximum speed in built-up areas.
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