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Lying on the southwestern English coast between Hampshire and Cornwall, the West Country counties Dorset and Devon combine to enthrall visitors with their stunning array of picturesque coastline, ancient Roman and medieval sites, exciting cities and tranquil countryside. Opt for car hire in Dorset and Devon and explore these fabulous counties at a leisurely pace. Public services mainly operate between towns so if you wish to travel around the countryside you will need a car.
Dorchester is the main town of Dorset county and the most convenient place to start exploring the area. The town boasts some excellent examples of Georgian architecture and remnants of the original fortified Roman walls. There are several notable attractions you must see during your trip. Visit the ancient Roman ruins of Maumbury Rings or the very appealing prehistoric Maiden Castle.
Both Poole and Weymouth were originally busy fishing ports, both of which now feature enchanting historic architecture, so make sure you see Sandsfoot Castle ruins and the beautiful Tudor House in Weymouth. Inland are charming villages and towns, namely Cerne Abbas, Blandford Forum, Shaftesbury and Sherborne.
Located further west to Dorset is the English countryside of Devon county, separating Cornwall from the rest of England. Exeter is the best base for those wishing to explore the moorlands of Exmoor and the wilderness of Dartmoor, brilliant places for those who love the outdoors or even some piece and quiet away from hectic thriving coastal towns. The city itself has fine restaurants and some of the best nightlife in the region. On the coast, the main city of Plymouth is worth a visit to sample some of England’s illustrious maritime history.
Sprinkled along the Dorset coast are a number of outstanding beach resorts ideal for enjoying watersports such as windsurfing and Sailing. Bournemouth is famous for its clean sandy beaches.The majority of East Devon resorts including the town of Torquay comprise the ‘English Rivera’. All towns in the area have quality accommodation, excellent restaurants and an assortment of vibrant nightlife activities.
Head west and you will reach Cornwall, most definitely considered to be the more picturesque part of the south west of England. Boating enthusiasts will love Falmouth, while surfers should head for the beaches at Newquay. Alternatively, magical Tintagel conjures up Arthurian legends while jagged Land’s End creates a more somber atmosphere.
London’s Heathrow's Airport operates direct flights from the majority of the world's cities. The Airport also offers its passengers a selection of transport options such as shuttle services, taxi and buses, directly outside the terminal building.
Bristol Airport and Bournemouth Airports are the nearest airports to Dorset and Devon. Car rentals services are available at the airports from leading suppliers, such as Avis and Hertz, but we do advise all of our customers to book in advance with us for cheaper deals, and better of choice of cars to choose from.