Where and What to Hire
Cambridge has a good selection of car hire companies to choose from. Two large international car rental firms, Europecar and Thrifty can be found inside Cambridge International Airport. In the city centre itself, National Car Rentals and Hertz are located close to Cambridge train station while Thrifty, Europecar, Car Hire Cambridge and Yello Car and Van Hire can all be found on the Newbridge Road. All kinds of cars and vans are available for hire from two-door hatchbacks to people carries, family 4 door and luxury vehicles to vans.
When driving in Cambridge, it is worth remembering that it is one of the busiest cities in the UK for cyclists. With over 80 miles of cycle paths in the city alone, it is important to remain vigilant on the roads at all times. There are also a number of pedestrianised zones within the city centre so parking may have to be a little way from certain places of interest. There are also many one way systems in Cambridge and it is worth planning a route before travelling to factor these in. Peak times for traffic are between 7.30am and 9.30am and 4.30pm and 6pm.
It is worth considering the very good Park and Ride system on offer in the city as parking is free and the buses very low cost. Alternatively, finding parking can be a challenge and quite expensive. Never leave a car parked with not parking ticket as wardens are everywhere! The city has five large multi-storey car parks that are open 24 hours a day. There are also Pay and Display car parks where tickets are bought beforehand and displayed inside the vehicle.
Where to Go and What to See
Having a hire car is great for getting around and seeing the sites in and around the Cambridge area. For families travelling with kids there are loads of things to do in the surrounding area. Just 2 miles outside the city centre is the Funky Fun House where slides, helter skelters, climbing frames and soft play will appeal to younger children. There are also a number of water parks like Lammas Land Pool and Cherry Hinton Water Play area both just a couple of miles from Cambridge city centre. The whole family can enjoy a day out at Milton Country Park; just 3 miles from Cambridge, with spots for fishing, adventure playgrounds and wildlife and picnic areas sit among lush greenery. For any snow sports enthusiasts, Royston is the place to go. Just 10 miles from Cambridge it is home to Bassingdon Snowsports Centre where adults and kids can learn to ski and snowboard. Visitors who love walking and being outdoors should make the 17 mile drive to Wicken Fen Nature Reserve to experience long nature trails, wildflower meadows, highland cattle and rare species of birds. Bike rides and boats trips are also possible while local cafes and pubs provide places to cosy up and relax in the evening. Finally, just 16 miles north of Cambridge lies the beautiful town of Ely, steeped in history and home to the magnificent Ely Cathedral. Here, visitors can amble and shop, enjoy cream teas and local ales, explore the house of Oliver Cromwell and Ely Museum or simply follow the brass waymarkes that guide you along its tranquil waterways and historic sites.