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Hitchin Guide

Hitchin is an ancient market town set mid-way between London and Cambridge. As well as the town’s many historical sites such as the 14th century Priory, and its famous antiques and bookshops, Hitchin puts Hertfordshire’s many must-see ancient attractions within easy reach.

Begin in Tilehouse Street to admire Hitchin Priory, one of the town’s most historic buildings - dating back to 1317 when it was originally a Carmelite Monastery. Next to the Priory is the former 16th century home of poet and playwright George Chapman. North and into the pedestrianised High Street, many of the banks and shops are situated in prime examples of 19th century architecture in the Italianate style.

Hitchin has an open market on Tuesdays and Saturdays and an antique Flea Market on Fridays. While browsing the town’s wide range of well-known and more interesting curiosity shops, stop for lunch in the old Corn Exchange building in Market Place which now houses a pub and restaurant. While in Market Place, be sure to stop by Gatwards, a jewellery store which has remained in the family, and in this building, since the doors were first opened in 1760.

Twenty minutes drive south of Hitchin on the A1(M) motorway lie two of Hertfordshire’s must-see attractions. The Roman stronghold of Verulamium, known today as St. Albans, is a beautiful Cathedral city with timber framed houses. Its Verulamium Museum houses one of the country’s most interesting and interactive exhibitions depicting life in Roman Britain. A short distance east of St. Albans is Hatfield House, childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I, who in November 1558, following the death of her sister Queen Mary Tudor, held her first Council of State in the Great Hall.

Hitchin is only 10 miles from Luton Airport, with Heathrow and Stansted both less than 40 minutes away, providing a wide range of flight options from European and international destinations.

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    British pound
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  • City speed limit
    48 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    96 km/h
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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?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

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).