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Top attractions outside of London

Are you looking to escape the hustle and bustle of London? Here at Easirent, we have compiled a list of five of the best trips out of the city, each within driving distance of the capital. So make the most of your Easirent hire car and explore what London’s surrounding areas have to offer.

1. Hampton Court Palace

The remarkable Hampton Court Palace is steeped in history. Acquired in 1236 by the Knight’s Hospitallers of St John Jerusalem as a grove to store their accounts, the palace has since gone through centuries of renovations to become what it is today. The grand palace, once home to Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and King Henry VIII respectively, boasts a stunning 18th century hedgerow maze and extensive Tudor kitchens. Hampton Court Palace is one of the top tourist destinations outside of London and this year celebrates its 500th anniversary. So, expect celebrations, exhibitions and events galore throughout the summer months. Pick up your Easirent hire car from our depot at London Heathrow Airport and it’s less than a 30 minute drive to the palace.

2. The Roald Dahl Museum

Looking for the perfect way to keep the children entertained for the day? There’s no better place than the Roald Dahl Museum in central Buckinghamshire. Located 20 miles North West of the City of London, the museum is a 30 minute drive in your Easirent hire car. Nestled in the middle of the beautiful Buckinghamshire village where Roald Dahl lived and wrote for 36 years, the museum is home to three interactive galleries that are sure to bring out the inner child in you. The Boy Gallery takes you back to Roald Dahl’s school days while the Solo Gallery accommodates Roald Dahl’s original writing hut. Let your imagination run free in the Story Centre or enjoy a slice of Bogtrotter Chocolate Cake in Cafe Twit.

3. Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle, which was built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, is the longest-occupied Royal Palace in Europe. An important ceremonial location, the palace has played host to many visiting dignitaries throughout the centuries and is the weekend home of Queen Elizabeth II. The palace has an extensive portion of the Royal Collection of art, and currently houses the exhibition ‘Waterloo at Windsor’, a celebration of 200 years since the Battle of Waterloo and the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte. Pick up your Easirent hire car at our London Heathrow Airport, and drive to Windsor Castle, which is less than 10 miles away.

4. Highclere Castle

Continuing in the Royal vein, Highclere Castle is one of the most visited destinations outside of London. Notable as the setting for ITV’s Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle is easily reachable in your Easirent hire car from London Heathrow Airport. The castle was home to the 5th Earl of Carnarvon who along with Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. Visit the ‘Egyptian Exhibition’, and delve back into the past, with photographs and antiques from Ancient Egypt.

5. Oxford

Less than a 50 mile drive in your Easirent hire car from London Heathrow Airport, Oxford is a beautiful, picturesque city, steeped in history. Famed for the prestigious Oxford University, the alumni of which include Oscar Wilde, Clement Attlee and Sir Roger Bannister, Oxford has some of the most beautiful architecture in the United Kingdom. The Bodleian Library and the Bridge of Sighs are some of the best attractions in the city, but make sure you visit and immerse yourself in the city’s rich and captivating history.