Car hire in Sittingbourne
Car hire in Sittingbourne
The Kent town of Sittingbourne is just a few miles off the M2 motorway and its nearest airport is London City Airport (LCY). With the Kent coast in easy reach of Sittingbourne, along with historic cities such as Canterbury, the town is a great base from which to hire a car.
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Where to pick up my car
Most Sittingbourne car hire outlets are located along the A2, which runs through the middle of the town. Some can also be found just off the A249, the main road that travels from Sittingbourne direct to the nearby coast and the Isle of Sheppey.
“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
Sittingbourne is on the outskirts of the North Downs, which have been awarded the official status of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This means that there's some breathtaking countryside to explore in the area, while the lovely Kent coast is also close by. All in all, this is a beautiful part of the UK.
The historic city of Canterbury is a 35-minute drive from Sittingbourne. Canterbury Cathedral, founded in 597AD, is steeped in history, as is the nearby 6th century St Augustine's Abbey. The seaside town of Whitstable, famous for its oysters, is also a 35-minute drive away. The freshly-caught seafood is best enjoyed eaten along the seafront.
The famous white cliffs of Dover and breathtaking views across the English Channel can be reached by car in 55 minutes from Sittingbourne. Tourist metropolis and UK capital city London is an hour and 20 minutes' drive from the Kent town, with countless attractions, museums and landmarks waiting to be explored.
Eating and drinking
Look out for traditional Kentish dishes during your stay, such as huffkins, which are a flat bread roll with an indentation made by the baker's thumb in the top. You can fill this with fruit or jam. Gypsy tarts are another local specialty, originating from the Isle of Sheppey. These are made from evaporated milk, muscovado sugar and sweet pastry.
Things to do
The Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway provides a fun steam train experience for all the family, travelling along a special railway that goes from Sittingbourne direct to the banks of the Swale. The nearby Old Forge Wartime House WW2 Living Museum offers another chance to step back in time to life in the midst of the Second World War.
The county of Kent is often referred to as the Garden of England and there are plenty of beautifully scenic rural views to enjoy during a visit to this part of the UK. Milton Creek Country Park in Sittingbourne itself is a great example, with open green spaces and a small creek creating a tranquil atmosphere.
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