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    Car hire in the Cotswolds at the best rates

    The unique Cotswolds region covers six counties in southern England, including Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. This unspoiled UK region is marked by green hills, historic limestone villages, and impressive castles. Some say a visit to the UK cannot be complete without seeing the Cotswolds. Fall in love with this historic region and make the most of your travels with a car hire in the Cotswolds.

    Auto Europe is your number one partner for travelling in the UK. Our website provides comprehensive information on available rental services, coverage packages, and offers a wide selection of rental vehicles. On top of that, you will find some of the best car rental from the Cotswolds quotations on our booking engine. Enquire today and check out our fantastic rates.

    Geographic Information

    The Cotswolds region is located to the south of England and consists of six counties: primarily Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, parts of Wiltshire, Somerset, Worcestershire, and Warwickshire. The Cotswolds stretches south-west from the south of Stratford-upon-Avon to the south of Bath. This is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District. The region encompasses a range of rolling hills, known as the Cotswold Hills. It is known for its idyllic villages, green valleys, historic market towns, and castles.

    Cities in the region

    The Cotswolds is home not only to conservation areas and romantic landscapes but also to the historic town of Bath, Oxford and charming little villages. Bath is known for the natural hot springs and the 18th-century Georgian architecture, while Oxford is famous for its prestigious university established in the 12th century. The real gems are hidden in the countryside, where limestone houses create the idyllic picture of an English village. Get off the beaten track and learn the real English countryside by visiting Broadway, Bibury or Castle Combe. What makes Cotswolds so distinctive is the ancient warm yellow-coloured limestone which was used for the construction of towns and villages. 


    Depending on where you would like to begin your travels in the Cotswolds, there are three airport options to choose from. Heathrow and Gatwick Airports are two hours away to the west of the Cotswolds. We would recommend Birmingham Airport, however, as it is less busy and you are going to be on your way quicker than from any London airport. The drive to the northern part of the Cotswolds from Birmingham Airport is under one hour. Auto Europe offers car rental services at all three airports.

    Heathrow Airport - (LHR)
    Telephone: +44 0844 335 1801
    Address: Longford TW6, UK

    Gatwick - (LGW)
    Telephone: +44 0844 892 0322
    Address: Horley, Gatwick RH6 0NP, UK

    Birmingham Airport (BHX)
    Telephone: +44 (0) 871 222 0072
    Address: Junction 6 of the M42 via the A45

    Things to Do

    There are many interesting activities and historic places in the region. Take advantage of a car hire in the Cotswolds and make the most of your holiday. A journey through the Cotswolds is a travel into history, filled with medieval towns, castles and picturesque countryside, known as "the heart of England".

    • Castle of Warwick: Begin your holiday in the Cotswolds with a visit to Warwick Castle, the regional highlight. You can arrive at Warwick with a car hire from Birmingham Airport in little over half an hour. Warwick Castle was built by William the Conqueror in 1068. The medieval castle lies at the bend of River Avon. Visitors to the castle can take a look behind the walls, climb towers, see the castle's interior and the Great Hall, as well as the dungeon, where they can witness the bloodiest history of the castle.
    • Cheltenham: It seems that wherever you go in the Cotswolds, every corner is full of history. On your way south from Warwick to Cheltenham (an hour and twenty minutes' drive), you will pass through Stratford-upon-Avon. Stop here to admire a medieval market town and the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Continue the drive south through the historic region to Cheltenham and take a short stop at the ancient market town, Stow-on-the-Wold. Cheltenham became famous when its natural springs were discovered in 1716. The town is also known for its historic schools and Regency architecture. If you happen to be in town on a racing day, do not miss the opportunity to pay a visit to Cheltenham Racecourse!
    • Blenheim Palace: The next place on our itinerary is the Blenheim Palace, near Woodstock in Oxfordshire. The drive will take another hour from Cheltenham through the English countryside. Burford, a medieval town on the River Windrush, is half-way to Blenheim Palace. Stop here and take a stroll to admire the idyllic Cotswolds town with characteristic limestone houses. Blenheim Palace, a monumental English country house, has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The palace has been a filming location for numerous productions like Spectre, Harry Potter or Mission Impossible.
    • Cotswolds: Oxford, with its historic university, is located only ten miles away from Blenheim Palace. Pay a visit to Oxford and take a walking tour to see the university buildings, scattered around the city. On the other hand, to make the most of the Cotswolds AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) take a drive from Cheltenham to the World Heritage City of Bath - this route will amaze you with its famous green rolling hills. During this journey you will also be presented with the opportunity to visit Castle Combe, a romantic ancient village.

    Useful links

    Tourist Guide Cotswolds