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MUST SEE STOPS EAST OF LONDON
Everyone should travel to the historic city of London at least once. From history to culture, to its iconic architecture, there's so much to see and do in England's capital city, that you could stay for a week and still have more to see. But if you're looking to take your next trip to England to the next level, why not explore some of the fantastic English countryside and must-see locations east of London? We've rounded up our 5 favorite cities and villages within easy driving distance of London, and think that once you visit these landmarks you'll fall in love with south-eastern England.

From historic abbeys and castles to literary walking tours, pubs and botanical gardens, the historic seaside cities, and the English countryside is an easy choice for an epic road trip from London. Drive to Discover everything that the south-eastern UK has to offer!
1. HISTORIC CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
     
After picking up your car rental in London head northeast on either the M11 or the A1(M). The M11 is a beautiful drive and it's a bit faster, so that's what we recommend. You may want to visit the famed Cambridge University Campus to take in reading or stop by the library, and the Cambridge University Botanical Gardens are a fantastic place to enjoy a romantic walk or to share a picnic with those you're traveling with. If you don't picnic and work up an appetite walking around, you can stop for afternoon tea at The Orchard, or grab a bite at the Urban Shed, a fantastic little restaurant with something for everyone. The Free Press is a great place to grab a pint in Cambridge - it's a pub which is located in a building which housed a printing press, so it has a great atmosphere and will give you a taste of the city's history.
POPULAR CAMBRIDGE RENTAL CAR LOCATIONS
Use the Booking Engine at the top of the page to reserve your Cambridge rental car today! We at Auto Europe are proud to offer convenient rental car locations throughout the UK to serve all of your rental car needs. Book yours now!
•    Cambridge Airport Car Rental
NEXT STOP: 1 HOUR & 12 MINUTES

2. COLCHESTER'S CHARMING ARCHITECTURE
     
You may not have heard of Colchester if you're from the states, but Colchester is actually the oldest recorded town in all of England, which means that a stop here is a must for history buffs or those who love quaint, historic architecture. There are numerous walking tours available which you can book in advance, and this is by far the best way to explore this curious little village and discover pubs, tea rooms, bookstores and much more.

 
NEXT STOP: 1 HOUR 41 MINUTES

3. WHITSTABLE BY THE SEA
     
To the ocean! In Whitstable, you'll catch your first glimpse of England's southeastern shoreline, and the seafront offers a fantastic place to get out of the car, stretch your legs and enjoy the fresh salt air and beautiful coast of Whitstable proper. If you're looking to get a bit of culture, the Whitstable Biennale festival is a great event in this seaside haven, and if you just want a snack and a pint, then stop into the Duke after your walk … it's conveniently located just off the gorgeous beach.

 
NEXT STOP: 21 MINUTES

4. ST. AUGUSTINE'S ABBEY AND A WALKING TOUR IN CANTERBURY
     
If you're a literature buff and a fan of Canterbury Tales, then you simply must stop in Canterbury for a themed walking tour the ultimate fan experience in this city which is pedestrian-friendly. And while you're exploring this historic old city, be sure to stop at St. Augustine's Abbey - a stunning landmark located just outside of city limits. Founded shortly after 597 AD by Saint Augustine and part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site, and we couldn't think of creating a must-see landmarks list without it.

 
NEXT STOP: 29 MINUTES

5. EXPLORE DEAL CASTLE NEAR DOVER BY THE SEA
     
One of the most beautiful sites on the coast of England, Dover is a must-visit destination east of London, and we recommend Deal Castle as your first stop. If you're traveling with children, they'll love this iconic little castle which you're free to explore from top to bottom, and if you're ready for some exercise, you can walk to the seaside for some photos on the convenient cycling path, which runs from the castle grounds right out to the sea and along the coast. Deal Castle, built by Henry VIII, is an impressive structure and is considered by many to be the finest artillery castle in England, making it a fantastic stop during this road trip adventure. For travelers with more time, we would suggest renting a car in Dover and traveling along the southern coast. 

Auto Europe offers convenient pick-up and drop-off locations in Dover, including the Dover Priory Rail Station. Reserve your Dover rental car today!

 
FINAL STOP: 1 HOUR 47 MINUTES
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