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High Wycombe Guide

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The historic Buckinghamshire market town of High Wycombe has been famous for the manufacture of fine furniture since the early 19th century, specialising in chairs. The industry was Victorian High Wycombe’s main source of income, following on from its Medieval and Tudor function as a mill town famed for its linens and lace. The market, founded in the Middle Ages, still takes place weekly in the town square. High Wycombe’s other claims to fame include fine Georgian architecture and the loveliest Chilterns countryside in the region. Easy access to London by rail or road makes it a good base location for touring the countryside by car, as well as for exploring the capital.

Who to Book With
High Wycombe has a choice of trusted international players in the car hire sector, including Enterprise, Budget, Hertz, Avis and Rhino Car Hire. Booking online in advance is recommended, especially during the summer months, as the town is a popular base for self-drive holidays. With a car you can take in nearby attractions such as the Hellfire Caves, Hughenden Manor, the famous university city of Oxford, and Marlow on the River Thames.

Best Time to Go
Summer is the best time for a holiday in High Wycombe, with the Chilterns Hills blooming with wildflowers and the weather warm and inviting. Spring and autumn also have their charms, but winters here can be cold and snowy.

Need to Know Essentials
You must show the following when you pick up your rental car:

- A valid UK photo driving license or an International Driving Permit
- Your passport or another form of secondary photo ID
- The credit card used for the online booking
- A print-out of your rental confirmation if possible

More information can be found in our FAQ's.

Driving
Driving in and around High Wycombe presents no problems for experienced drivers, as the roads are kept in good condition, are well signposted and generally easy to navigate. British driving habits are mostly civilised, with aggressive driving a rarity and frowned upon. Petrol stations are plentiful, with most accepting card payments. Parking in town is car-park oriented, using pay-as-you-park meters. Warning triangles and visibility vests should be carried, and seatbelts must be worn by all occupants. The laws on drink-driving are strictly enforced, and it’s best not to risk it, as fines are steep.

See our guide to the UK for more useful tips on driving in Britain.

Transport

Although self-drive is best for exploring this charming corner of Southern England, public transport options are efficient, if comparatively pricey. Trains and buses link the town with London, Oxford, Buckingham and most other major urban centres, as well as with Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports. Taxi travel is convenient but expensive.

Trains
High Wycombe’s train station lies on the main line between London and Birmingham, with fast trains as well as local commuter routes on offer. Chiltern Railways operates the service, offering hourly express trains to London’s Marylebone Station. Both Oxford and Shakespeare’s town of Stratford-upon-Avon can be accessed by rail, and tickets can be purchased online.

Taxis
High Wycombe has an extensive list of taxi companies, with cabs booked either online or by phone, and rates either fixed or quoted at the time of booking. The High Wycombe Taxi company charges around £30 for a trip to Heathrow Airport.

Buses
National Express buses run to London’s Victoria Bus Station and are an economic way to visit the capital. Bus services in and around High Wycombe are run by Buckinghamshire County Council and outsourced to local company Carousel Buses. Regular routes run across the town and to a number or rural destinations, as well as to Heathrow Airport.

Exploring

The Chiltern countryside, some of the loveliest in the southern counties, is well supplied with motorway links, making High Wycombe a good base for holidays spent exploring this listed area of outstanding natural beauty.

Recommended Drives

Hambledon - For a scenic drive covering everything from historic mansions to superb views, start at West Wycombe, with its eerie Hellfire Caves. Heading towards Marlow, you’ll pass through quaint Turville village, continuing on to Skirmett, with its charming old church and High Street, before you reach historic Hambledon. Marlow’s Thames-side pubs are perfect for lunch and a pint.

Ashridge Estate - The drive to the Ashridge Estate winds from High Wycombe via the A355 and A41, passing through Chesham and Tring before arriving at the National Trust property, set on the Chilterns’ highest ridge. Five-thousand acres of woodland, heaths and downlands are found here, and Ivinghoe Beacon, inhabited since pre-history, gives superb views across the county.

Cliveden - One of Britain’s most famous stately homes, once the haunt of Georgian monarchs and the glittering American couple Waldorf and Nancy Astor. Now a National Trust property and private hotel, its glorious grounds and gardens stretch to the banks of the River Thames. From High Wycombe, follow the M40 signs, passing under the motorway to Wooburn village and Cookham.

Frequently asked questions

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). Which car rental companies are compared by Carrentals.co.uk? at this location
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