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  • Where to pick up your car

    The closest car rental brand to Chelmsford train station is Hertz – it takes just under half an hour to walk there (2km).

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    The most popular car rental brands in Chelmsford are Hertz, Keddy, Europcar, Alamo and Thrifty.

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Hire a car in Chelmsford

Just within the commuter belt of London, Chelmsford offers quick access to transport links for some amazing day trips.

A short drive will take you down to the coast, where you can follow the shoreline and explore the small towns, islands and wildlife. Discover the history of Essex and the area’s mixed Roman, Saxon, Viking and Norman heritage. It is well also worth taking a trip out to the historic Hylands House and Ingatestone Hall. Chelmsford, known as the birthplace of radio, is only a 30-minute drive from Stansted Airport.

Car rental in Chelmsford – the numbers

Frequently asked questions

Q. What is the most popular rental length in Chelmsford?
A. Eight to nine days.

Q. When is the most popular time to rent a car in Chelmsford?
A. August.

Q. What's the best value car hire brand in Chelmsford?
A. Hertz is the cheapest car rental brand in Chelmsford, offering cars from just £9 per day.

*Based on easyCar real booking data.

Fast facts

Cheapest month / most expensive month Average cost per day of car hire in Chelmsford
March£12.70
May£17.90
Car typeAverage cost per day of car hire in Chelmsford
Mini£13.00
Economy£14.60
Compact£17.00

Scenic drives to historic sites

Paycocke's House

Paycock was built around 1500, during the time Henry VIII came to power. The half-timber framed merchants house is an impressive masterpiece of Tudor architecture. Its uncommonly intricate carved woodwork and panelling displays the wealth of the cloth trade in Essex at the time. You must look up at the wooden beams to fully appreciate the house’s grandeur.

It was built for Thomas Paycocke, whose initials (along with his wife’s), you can find engraved throughout the house. Centuries later it was saved from demolition, with its interiors restored and tudor-style furnishings designed to match the house, recreating an authentic period-home.

Paycocke’s House is less than a half an hour’s drive from Chelmsford, 400 yards from the centre of Coggeshall. The closest parking is at the medieval Coggeshall Grange Barn, which is also worth a visit.

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