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Car hire in Chelmsford

Car hire in Chelmsford

Chelmsford is a city in Essex, in the south-east of England. You can get there via the A414, A12, A1114 and A131 arterial roads. Chelmsford and the surrounding areas offer a lot to visitors, including horse races, shopping and some very impressive country houses.

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Where to pick up my car

Chelmsford car hire is a straightforward process. If you’ve arrived from its nearest airport, London Southend Airport (SEN), you just have to make your way into Chelmsford, where a number of car hire companies are found. You can take the train to the city and then find the right offices, just hand your details over and pick up your car.

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  • “The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
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Where to go

Once you’ve collected the keys, you can enjoy the city of Chelmsford. A hire car makes it easy to see everything you want to in the area, whether that’s the world famous racecourse or the great shopping. You can also head a little further away and see some of the smaller surrounding villages.

Nearby Chelmsford

You can visit Central Park, a taste of the country in the city with riverside trails, when you hire a car in Chelmsford. If you’d like to go to the seaside, you can drive down the A130 to Southend-on-Sea. There, you can take a walk along the UK’s longest pier and catch your breath on the beach.

Longer drives

London is just 66km away from Chelmsford. You can head down the A12 to one of the world’s most famous and visited cities, where you can see a West End show, shop on Oxford Street or enjoy the nightlife. You can also head north east to the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is just 84km away.

Eating and drinking

Chelmsford has several top quality restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious meal. There are also cosy pubs where you can try some of the more rustic fare. You can then go on to enjoy a drink in one of the vibrant cocktail or wine bars in the city.

Things to do

Chelmsford City Racecourse offers a great day out, particularly on Ladies’ Day in the summer when the outfits can be truly awe-inspiring. Hylands Park is a wonderful alternative, with beautiful gardens and a stunning country house. It has been reported that Hylands House was the model for the White House in the USA.


Chelmsford Cathedral is one of the top landmarks to visit in the city. A fairly modern cathedral, it is a gorgeous building and is even more impressive at Christmas time. The River Chelmer is another great sight, which you can explore on a boat tour. Just drive to the pick-up location and hop on.