Car hire in Newbury
Car hire in Newbury
Situated on the edge of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the market town of Newbury in the county of Berkshire can be found just a few miles off the M4 motorway. Within close proximity to some breathtaking countryside and historic cities in the south of England, Newbury is a great base from which to explore by hire car.
What I need to know
If you want to compare car hire deals from all of the Newbury car rental suppliers while not having to fork out for credit card fees or cancellation costs, then booking through Holiday Autos is for you. We also offer round-the-clock customer support to make sure your road trip runs as smoothly as it possibly can.
Where to pick up my car
Newbury car hire vehicles can be collected from the town's many outlets clustered around the A339, while those arriving in Newbury from nearby Southampton Airport (SOU) can collect their car straight after landing before driving approximately 45 minutes to the town itself.
“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.”
Where to go
Whether you want to explore the nearby North Wessex Downs, drive further afield to the Cotswolds or discover the stately homes and museums that Newbury itself has to offer, hiring a car gives you the freedom to do whatever you like during a visit to this lovely part of the UK.
Just a 30-minute drive from Newbury is the city of Reading, where you'll find the fascinating ruins of Reading Abbey, as well as the beautiful Georgian Basildon Park stately home and gardens. Meanwhile, the picturesque countryside of the Cotswolds is around 55 minutes from Newbury by car. This area spans over 100 miles of rural beauty, so there's plenty to explore.
The historic city of Bath featuring the Roman baths it was named after and its distinctive Georgian architecture is an hour and 15 minutes' drive from Newbury, while London can be reached in approximately 90 minutes. Alternatively, head north to Birmingham (two hours, 20 minutes' drive) for the chocoholics' heaven, Cadbury World.
Eating and drinking
If you want to try a local dish during your visit to Newbury, look for an establishment serving Berkshire bacon pudding. This is a kind of suet-based dough featuring bacon and herbs that is boiled for two hours before serving. If you visit nearby Bath, make sure to try Bath buns, which are made from a sweet, milk-based dough.
Things to do
Newbury is home to several stately homes that are open to the public on certain days, including the part-ruined Donnington Castle, which dates from the medieval era. There's also Highclere Castle, which is the official home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, but has been better known in recent years as the residency of Lord Grantham and his family in Downton Abbey.
Pilot Hill is the tallest hill in Hampshire, but is only a few miles from the town of Newbury thanks to its location on the county border with Berkshire. It offers stunning views across the local area and provides several great walking routes, where you can spot various wildlife and different varieties of flora and fauna.
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