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Lying only nine miles from the centre of London, Ilford offers an alternative to staying in the capital and is ideally located for routes out to Essex...
Ilford itself is not really a destination that people tend to head to unless they are visiting friends and family or are going there for business purposes. It lacks major tourist attractions, but it is well located for other areas of the capital.
With such relentless building for residential and business needs, it is nice to have somewhere like Valentine's Park to visit. The mansion, with a small museum and gardens, has been recently restored and it's a great place for a walk to see the wetland areas or to have a picnic, as well as for joggers to enjoy a run. South Park is also a great park to visit in the area.
Redbridge Museum tells the story of local people in Redbridge and Ilford and has an active programme with local school and groups.
There are also extensive shopping facilities in the area, as well as hotels for overnight stays and local cafes and restaurants.
London City (LCY) is the nearest airport to Ilford, along with London Stansted (STN) and London Luton (LTN). You can pre-book your hire car to pick up at the airport or at various downtown locations in Ilford itself. To find the best price on car rental in Ilford, use TravelSupermarket's search tool to the left.
By arranging car hire, Ilford and the wider area can be explored at your own speed...
While you will probably prefer to head into London by public transport, motoring out of the area towards the east will bring you to the M25 and easy links across to north and south London, as well as out to the coast.
If you like adrenaline-fuelled sport, head to the nearby Lee Valley White Water Centre to enjoy rafting and kayaking or grab your mountain bike and head out to the Brentwood area for trails.
Greenwich is just over the Thames and makes a wonderful place to spend the day. Browse the antique markets, step aboard the Cutty Sark (which is now fully restored and open as a museum) or visit the Observatory in Greenwich Park.
You could also head to Southend-on-Sea. Spend time walking or riding the train along the UK's longest pier which has plenty of attractions and cafes, or enjoy the local fun fair and traditional seaside foods.
The county of Kent is a short ride over the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge with its many oast houses, historic towns such as Maidstone and Canterbury and seaside resorts such as Margate, Herne Bay and Ramsgate.
And with Colchester, Chelmsford and Clacton-on-Sea all within easy driving distance, there is much to choose from to make the most of your hire car.