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Dorset and Devon Guide

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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.

Explore Dorset and Devon

Dorset
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.

Devon
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.

Transport

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.

Practical information

  • Currency
    British pound
  • Driving direction
    Left
  • City speed limit
    48 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    96 km/h
  • Language
    English

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.
Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).
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