What you should know before hiring a car in Oxford
Car hires in Oxford: practical information
Where to rent a car in Oxford
Oxford, legendary, isn't it? As the oldest university town in the UK, it's hard to visit this gorgeous city and not feel studious. It's just 50 miles from London, making both London Luton, for low cost flights, and London Heathrow excellent options for holidays in Oxford. From Heathrow it's a matter of heading north on the M25 and then onto the M40 to reach Oxford with your Oxford car hire. Whichever airport you land at, pick up a discount car hire to get to Oxford. At London Heathrow choose from all the major car rental companies like Hertz, Avis, Europcar, National, Alamo, Enterprise, Budget or Sixt.
Oxford's city centre is notoriously hard to navigate which is why you won't find a single car hire company located there. Looking for a car hire Oxford train station? Avis is right on Abbey Road, just adjacent to the station. Also nearby is Budget, Hertz and National Car. Enterprise is near Seacourt Tower while Hotsons Eurodrive is way out on Pony Road in Cowley.
Driving in Oxford: parking and other tips
It's strongly recommended not to drive around the central part of Oxford, mostly because of traffic and a very confusing network of one-way streets. Parking your Oxford car rental can really be expensive if you don't take advantage of the city's Park & Ride scheme located on the outskirts of the city centre. In the city centre it'll cost you £1/30 minutes. At car parks expect to pay a minimum of £20/day for parking, especially if you plan to park overnight. The best is to book a hotel in Oxford with parking where you can leave your discount Oxford car rental when you're not using it.
Road trips from Oxford: what to do, what to see
A mere 8 miles from Oxford is the gorgeous Blenheim Palace in the pretty village of Woodstock. It was the home of the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Today it is a World Heritage Site. The home was a gift from Queen Anne and the entire nation to the 1st Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill after his victory at the Battle of Blenheim in the 1700s. Jewels of the property include the State Rooms and the room where Churchill was born.
Shopaholics listen up! If you're looking for cheap(ish) designer goods in and around Oxford then look no further than Bicester. It's 10 miles to the northeast of Oxford and is famous for its last season designer warehouses in Bicester Village, a small pedestrianized outlet shopping "village" with 130+ retailers. Sales, sales, sales.
If the weather is fair, then head to Waterperry Gardens. They're open year-round and cost £5 to get in. They're some of the most beautiful gardens in the country and make a perfect day-out for any green-thumbed enthusiast. It was originally founded by Beatrix Havergal 70 years ago as a Horticulture School for Ladies. Today, it's one of the finest collections of flora in the nation.