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Located in the heart of rural Kent, Ashford has slowly grown from a small market town with railway working roots to a progressive modern city that has managed to retain its provincial charm. Ashford is located just over an hour and half south-east of London, and is an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding rolling green countryside.
Ashford is home to the International Eurostar Station, and this is often the stop for many visitors between England and France. You can collect your car hire from the station, and discover at your leisure the heart of Ashford.
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Ashford is a gentle blend of historic buildings, tree-lined streets and beautiful walkways that stand alongside cafes, restaurants and great shopping centres. Once you pick up your hire car from the Eurostar station, there are so many things for you to see and do.
Explore Ashford’s heritage trail where you’ll see Jacobean, medieval and Georgian houses, or gather some local history and Visit the Ashford Borough Museum. Get some retail therapy when you visit one of the two modern shopping centres or the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet where over 70 shops have designer brands on offer at discounted prices. Wonder through any one of the many parks and gardens inside the Ashford Green Corridor that runs through the town and green spaces along side the rivers that flow through the town. Make sure you drive your hire car to Godinton House and Gardens, an enormous estate with magnificent gardens that is definitely worth the trip. Train enthusiasts should definitely see the Kent and East Sussex Railway in close by Tenterden, where you can ride the restored Victorian locomotives and coaches.
Ashford is a great base from which to explore southeast England, especially with a hire car. Canterbury is a short drive to the north east, a city rich in history and culture. Take a drive in your hire car to explore the seaside through Hastings and on to the buzzing and funky city of Brighton, or walk along the white cliffs of Dover. London is a little over one hundred kilometres away along the motorway and makes for a great day trip. Make the most of Ashford and its surrounding areas with the freedom of your own hire car!