It's a great idea to book car rental; Newbury is packed with delights but there are nearby attractions that are also worthy of some time...
Newbury, in Berkshire, is a tempting slice of quintessential England with a rather posh topping. The home of the real Downton Abbey and famed for its racecourse, Newbury is so much more than aristocrats and nags - though you'll want to form memories around both when you're in this beautiful part of England.
Located in the western half of Berkshire, Newbury is also a great base for visits to nearby Windsor Castle - the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen.
Don't go anywhere though before you've discovered more of this waterside market town, which is dotted with 17th century buildings and simply oozes charm.
Newbury Racecourse is not only a fantastic place to put on your glad rags and see the horses racing around the track - it hosts music concerts and other annual events too. The Queen chose to spend her 86th birthday here, watching her favoured fillies fly.
Fans of the hit television show 'Downton Abbey' should not pass by the opportunity to visit Highclere Castle, which takes the starring role as the abbey. The house and gardens open to the public, though only during selected holidays and on selected dates. If you want to visit this wonderful place, which is only a 10-minute drive to the south of Newbury, booking in advance is highly advised as the show has seen visitor numbers skyrocket.
You should secure your Newbury car hire deal in advance too, both to guarantee your preferred vehicle and to get the best price. Pre-book your vehicle, using TravelSupermarket's search tool to find a deal that suits you, and then collect your vehicle at a handy location in downtown Newbury.
Car rental in Newbury is a worthwhile investment as the beauty of England's south is on the doorstep of this handsome town...
With the North Wessex Downs bordering the southern, western and northern edges of Newbury, it takes only minutes to shrug off the shackles of urban living and feel the country air pouring into your lungs. There are many walking, cycling and horse-riding trails on which to get the adrenaline pumping, or you can simply move down through the gears and just amble along, taking in the scenery of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Living Rainforest falls within the Berkshire Downs and offers guests the chance to feel, see and hear a rainforest environment without leaving the hills and valleys of southern England.
Head to Windsor Castle, which is a 45-minute drive east of Newbury, to see the Queen's impressive home. Parts of the castle can be toured year-round, though it's best to check ahead for notices of closures.
The university city of Oxford is a mere 35 minutes by road to the north of Newbury. Visitors adore Oxford for its charming concoction of historic sites, lively pubs and restaurants, riverside picnics and an intriguing bunch of museums.
Travelling a little further from Newbury, more glorious English vistas hang above the horizon in the Cotswolds. You can drive to parts of the Cotswolds in around an hour from Newbury and visit captivating villages, welcoming country pubs and yet more castles and important buildings that tell tales of Britain's past.