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The city and borough of Watford sit just outside of London — 17 miles to the northwest of it, to be exact. That makes it an excellent base if you’re visiting or working in the capital, but want to stay somewhere a little less busy.
Book a hire car in Watford and you’re in a prime location to explore London and its surrounding area, with places like Chesham (40 minutes), Wembley (40 minutes) and Slough (50 minutes), all within striking distance. Access to the major motorways also makes it easy to visit the north and the Midlands.
Watford is easily accessible from any of the London airports, but the easiest by far is London Heathrow. Book your hire car from here and you can be in Watford in a little over half an hour, when the traffic is good. Stansted is also a good option, a little over an hour away on the M25 and M11. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll find the city easy to navigate and well signposted throughout.
Book your rental car in Watford and you’ll find a wealth of reliable providers to choose from. The most well-known are probably Hertz and Avis, but you’ll also find models from Keddy, Europcar, Sixt and Budget.
Lots of visitors to Watford are enticed by its excellent transport links to London and the north, but stick around and you’ll find there’s plenty to do in the area, too. Harry Potter fan? Hop in your rental car and drive north for about 15 minutes to Warner Bros Studios, where wannabe wizards and witches can enter the boy wizard’s world with a studio tour. Treat yourself to a wand and a pint of Butterbeer as you tour real sets from the movies, including Dumbledore’s office, Platform 9 and ¾ and Diagon Alley. Booking is essential.
For another kind of magic, drive south for about 20 minutes until you arrive at Harrow’s Headstone Manor, a 14th-century moated manor house that was once home to the Archbishop of Canterbury. These days you’ll find a fascinating museum, exhibits and musical performances, all designed to help you delve into British history.
Watford also has a natural haven for you to explore in the Cassiobury Park Nature Reserve. Keep your eyes open as you walk – the tranquil wetlands are home to some rare bird species, as well as tiny Muntjac deer and plenty of foxes. Find Cassiobury just west of the city centre, after a 10-minute drive.
If you’ve driven in the UK before, you’ll know just what to expect when driving a hire car in Watford. Most commuters will head into the city by train or on the Metropolitan line of the London Underground, although traffic can still get busy at peak times in the morning and evening.
If you’re planning a visit Watford or the rest of England, you can use Watford city guide and the Expedia search tool to discover the best deals on car hire, flight and hotels, and to research the best attractions and activities.
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