Flying into London Heathrow Airport (LHR) means you're perfectly placed to head anywhere in the UK. Locally you will find royalty, history and sports at Royal Windsor and both Maidenhead and Henley are on the banks of the iconic River Thames. Hire a vehicle, however and you can go anywhere you want thanks to the M25 circular motorway which is close by.
Heathrow Airport is one of the UK's busiest airports, with international flights arriving from all around the globe on a daily basis. And if you get the chance to stay in the area for a few days then car rental is a great idea. Heathrow car hire is really easy to organise as you will find all the major car hire brands located at all the airport terminals. There is plenty of choice too, from small vehicles perfect for navigating nearby London to high-end luxury vehicles which will allow to you travel in style. If you fancy something a bit different, why not choose a 4 x 4 or a fun convertible to make the most of the sunshine?
Once you're behind the wheel, Heathrow is a major gateway to absolutely anywhere in the UK. From the nearby M25 you can head north on the M40, changing onto the M42 for the Midlands or continuing northwards on the M6 to reach the cities of Liverpool and Manchester. Choose the M1 to explore Leeds or, a little further up, Newcastle. The M3 takes you south towards some the UK's fantastic southern coastlines or you can transfer onto the M2 for Kent and the Garden of England.
The truth is, once you have secured your Heathrow car hire, you don't actually have to go too far to discover some truly British attractions. Spend a day or two exploring nearby Henley and Maidenhead, both nestled along the River Thames, while discovering a number of picturesque market towns and villages along the way. And don't miss Royal Windsor, where you can wander around the beautiful town or catch the changing of the guard at Windsor Castle.
Windsor Castle is one of the three official residences of the Queen and is the largest inhabited castle in the world. It is definitely worth a visit and is open daily for tours. Elsewhere in Windsor you will find stunning gardens and green spaces to explore or head to the famous Windsor Racecourse to cheer your favourite runner past the finishing post.
Of course, a visit to the capital really can't be missed and with Heathrow located just a quick drive away you could be experiencing the heart of the city in no time at all. Enjoy landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and the London Eye, or visit the many museums, galleries and theatres. And if you want some retail therapy, you'll find Harrods, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols right on your doorstep.
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