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Resting within the rolling hills of Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury is a beautiful market town basking in both historical reverence and modern delights. Tourists may come for the peaceful serenity, but don’t think that this town is entirely slow-paced. Plenty of attractions dot the landscape, including traditional structures like St Mary’s Church, a county museum and the 200-year-old Prebendal House. However, buzzing shopping malls and an electric nightlife scene means dynamic Aylesbury is alive and well at all hours. Even though Aylesbury is not a large city, tourists are best served by car hire.
Who to Book With
Europcar, Enterprise, National and Practical are some of the nation-wide car suppliers found within the centre of Aylesbury. However, tourists can also find rental vehicles at several local firms too. Both the larger and smaller rental companies provide online booking services for patrons, which will save time and money when looking for car rental.
Best time to go
The beauty of Aylesbury is somewhat hidden during the darker winter months, which take away some of the enjoyment of driving through the area. Therefore, tourists are advised to explore the town in June and July, when the weather is at its warmest, the climate is dry and a stunning number of bird species flock to Aylesbury.
Need to Know Essentials
Don’t forget the following documents when renting in Aylesbury:
- A national driving permit
- Secondary ID
- The driver’s credit card
- Proof of reservation
Driving around Aylesbury is remarkably easy. However, the town is a London commuter settlement, which means traffic can get somewhat congested in the early morning and evening peak hour periods. Several major highways crisscross the town, including A41, the A413 and A418. These routes are always well-maintained and safe for driving in all conditions. However, regardless of where tourists decide to drive go, the cold winter months tend to bring wet conditions.
Walking and cycling are popular ways of getting around the central district of Aylesbury thanks to the towns pedestrianised areas. However, public transportation is also found within the town, so visitors who don’t have the ability or desire to stroll the streets can get around on wheels. Buses are the main public transport option, besides taxis. There is only one train station in Aylesbury, used for regional connections only. Buses tend to come at relatively long intervals, with some routes only offering pick-up at stations every 20 to 30 minutes.
Plenty of taxi companies can be found in and around Aylesbury. However, many of these only operate via phone or online bookings. This means tourists generally have to pre-arrange taxi services. However, cabs can also be waved down along the street-side. All taxis meter-fares when travelling around Aylesbury, so you shouldn’t need to negotiate a price prior to departing. Falcon Taxis are often regarded as the town’s preferred cab company.
Public buses, run by Arriva Bus, also connect Aylesbury to the surrounding towns of Buckinghamshire. Most bus routes pass through the main bus station within town, and many of the popular tourist streets in Aylesbury provide car-free bus lanes, including the High Street, Friarage Street, White Hill and Exchange Street. Most areas of the town can be reached via the Rainbow Routes network, which consists of seven routes between the residential districts and downtown Aylesbury.
One of the main features that attract tourists to Aylesbury is found outside the town. The River Thames and Buckinghamshire’s magnificent rural landscape are picture-perfect, with luscious expanses of greenery. There are some intriguing landmarks around the shire, and visitors should enjoy driving through this breathtaking part of the United Kingdom.
The Chiltern Hills - Considered as one of the more spectacular sites in the Buckinghamshire region of the United Kingdom (pictured above). In 1965, this area was designated as an Area of Outstanding Beauty, with its rolling green hills and stunning rural landscape. Tourists can also visit the Vale of Aylesbury while exploring the Chiltern Hills.
Stowe House - Located to the northwest of Aylesbury, within very easy reach for those with car hire. The beautifully landscaped gardens that surround the 16th-century manor can be explored at any day of the year. However, the actual estate building is only open to the public for half the year, allowing tour groups and other interested parties to view the magnificence of the interior.
Bekonscot Model Village - The oldest model village on the planet. Opened in 1929, this cute and enchanting site takes tourists through a time warp into the 1930s. Explore the 80 years of history and old English culture on display here.