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From where to hire car to visit Stonehenge? London/Salisbury

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From where to hire car to visit Stonehenge? London/Salisbury

Hello,

I tried searching but couldn't find an answer...

We are staying at the Sanctuary House next month (near Westminster) and want to visit Stonehenge one day. We'd also be interested in Lacock, Bath, or other places you may suggest. My husband is comfortable driving a manual on the left side of the road.

That said, should we take a train to Salisbury and hire a car there? Hire a car somewhere in/near London?

I'd like to minimize train costs but more importantly avoid driving in Central London if possible.

What do you think would be the best plan?

Thank you!

Edited: 13 September 2010, 19:25
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1. Re: From where to hire car to visit Stonehenge? London/Salisbury

If you really must hire a car then getting one at Heathrow Airport would be the logical place that comes to mind. Easy to get to from your hotel and at the motorway junction with Stonehenge down one motorway, returning down the other from Bath/Lacock

I think you would have a better quality day out if you simply got a day return train ticket to Bath early, then took the Mad Max Tour to Stonehenge, Avebury, Lacock and castle Coombe. You'd still be back in time at Bath for a few hours before a late train back.

http://www.madmax.abel.co.uk/

International Friends also do a small group day tour to Lacock, Bath and Stonehenge from London which will show you more of the country and be more informative than attempting independently

internationalfriends.co.uk/bath-stonehenge-a…

Edited: 13 September 2010, 19:54
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2. Re: From where to hire car to visit Stonehenge? London/Salisbury

Yes agree with handfordr... Hire from Heathrow and as you are staying near Westminster then the Piccadilly Line from Westminster Station to LHR 1,2,3 would be best.

There is a free shuttle to the more popular rentals (Hertz, Europcar etc.)

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3. Re: From where to hire car to visit Stonehenge? London/Salisbury

The tours mentioned are worth considering but if you want to go at your own pace (and to do all the places you've mentioned might be worth an overnight stop somewhere) it is worth hiring a car OUTSIDE the congestion zone and getting to and from it by public transport. Heathrow, Hatton Cross or Reading are often mentioned on this forum for having good transport links to Central London and a choice of rental companies. Do check rental office opening and closing times and make sure you know the rules of the road - congestion zone charges, bus lane and other potential infringement areas. As some have found to their cost you are still liable for infringements and can be charge not only the fine but an admin fee from the rental co.

www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/congestioncharging/

direct.gov.uk/en/…index.htm

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