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Ashford is in Kent in the southeast of England and is now a rapidly growing and developing town, thanks in part to the Eurotunnel operation with its trains to the Continent. However, it also has historic interest and arranging car hire in Ashford is ideal for getting the best out of the town and local area.
A major town in the Garden County of Kent, Ashford has good shopping and entertainment amid lovely countryside...
Ashford town centre is a bustling place for local people. There are plenty of shops and a market, as well as ample parking, and it's easy to navigate around the town. The market itself dates back to 1243 when its charter was granted.
Part of the old town dates back to medieval times and you can visit shops and cafes located in the 'Shambles' area, also known as Middle Row, where traditional food shops were located. Many of the buildings are of Jacobean and Georgian style and have been well preserved.
The Borough Museum dates back to 1625 and covers local history including hop farming for beer. You can also visit the Agricultural Museum at Brook, run by the Wye Rural Museum Trust, which has a range of farming equipment and displays to show the development of farming in the area.
The National Heritage Trail has walks in the Ashford area as part of the North Downs, covering places close by such as Hollingbourne, Charing, Cuxton and Chatham, and the walks are well signposted.
It's easy to arrange car rental in Ashford before you travel and you can pick up your vehicle at various downtown locations. Alternatively, you can pick up at Gatwick Airport (LGW) or London City Airport (LCY), both of which are within two hours' drive of the town. To find the best price on car hire in Ashford, use TravelSupermarket's search tool to the left.
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