Car & Van Hire in Ipswich
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Car & Van Rental in Ipswich?
The market town of Ipswich is the capital of Suffolk in the East of England, located about 60 miles from London. It is a town rich in history and heritage, dating from Saxon and Roman times – the claim has even been made that it is England’s oldest city. It has a historically significant port, though the waterside area has now been redeveloped into a thriving centre for leisure and entertainment.
Enterprise has two car hire branches in Ipswich, one located in the city centre – convenient for hotels in the centre and the train station – and the second located to the north of the city on Ipswich Whitehouse Industrial Estate, just off the A14. Pick-ups and drop-offs can be arranged for either of these Ipswich branches.
Our Vehicles for Hire in Ipswich
Arranging car hire in Ipswich is simple with Enterprise. Our staff are known for exceptional customer service and it is also easy and straightforward to pre-book your hire car in Ipswich online. Examples of cars available for hire in Ipswich include Toyota Aygo, Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Focus, Skoda Octavia, Vauxhall Insignia, Vauxhall Zafira Tourer, Toyota Rav 4, Mercedes C-Class, SEAT Alhambra and Mercedes E-Class. Vans and minibuses are also available for hire in Ipswich, should you need a larger vehicle. Exact models may not always be available, so do check beforehand if you require a certain vehicle. Our pricing packages are simple and easy to understand, with no hidden extras, and vehicles come with a range of standard features, such as power steering, power locks and air bags.
Attractions in Ipswich
Ipswich has an attractive town centre with a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as historical architecture to discover and family activities to experience. You can easily spend a day wandering the streets, shopping or taking time out in museums and art galleries. Around the Cornhill – Ipswich’s traditional meeting point – is the bustling market, with many shops and restaurants alongside. From here, it is a short walk through the area known as the Saints and its boutiques to the Waterfront. At the Waterfront, you can watch the boats on Neptune Marina or spend some time in the superb bars and restaurants that line it.
As one of the oldest towns in England with a strong Anglo-Saxon heritage, there is plenty to discover. Christchurch Mansion is an impressive Tudor building, set in a landscaped park that is now a museum and art gallery known for its Constable paintings. Ipswich Museum takes the visitor on a journey through thousands of years of history, while the Norman Foster-designed Willis Towers Watson building is an iconic Grade-I listed building and worth seeking out.
If theatre is your thing, then the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich Regent and Corn Exchange are worth checking out. There are also plenty of family experiences and activities on offer.
Places to Visit Outside Ipswich
The county of Suffolk is known for its quiet rural charm, with miles of picturesque coastline, peaceful rivers, pretty villages, market towns and scenic woodland. The Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is an outstanding landscape, stretching from the Stour estuary to Kessingland, home to diverse ecosystems including shingle beaches, marshes, heathland and forest, with these habitats harbouring an astonishing variety of wildlife.
As you would expect from an area so steeped in history, there are many ancient sites, country houses, parks, gardens and similar attractions in the region. To the east of Ipswich, Sutton Hoo is an Anglo-Saxon burial site and an archaeological discovery of international significance – you can view a full-size reconstruction of the burial chamber as well as many of the original finds. Also in the vicinity, in the town of Woodbridge, are the Tide Mill Living Museum and Buttrums Mill.
To the south, a short drive along the A12, are attractions such as the Grade 1 listed 18th-century Flatford Mill, and the Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum and Gardens, set in the country house in Dedham. Dedham Vale is another AONB, known for being Constable and Gainsborough country, and home to architectural gems such as Melford Hall and other attractions such as Dedham Vale Vineyard.
Airport Car Hire
The closest major airport to Ipswich is London Stansted, around 45 miles away. From London Stansted airport, Ipswich is about an hour’s drive east along the A120 towards Colchester and then north along the A12. Enterprise has a kiosk located in the arrivals hall.
Parking and Traffic Information in Ipswich
There are several long-stay and short-stay pay-and-display car parks in and around Ipswich town centre. The most centrally located pay and display car parks include Cromwell Square (short stay), Crown car park (short stay), Elm Street (short stay), Great Gipping Street (long stay), Portman Road (long stay), New Portman Road (long stay) and South Street (long stay). Some car parks offer special offers, such as paying £1 for the rest of the day after 3 p.m.
Cheap Van and Car Hire
From large people carriers to smaller economy cars, Enterprise Rent-a-Car guarantees cheap rates on car hire from our Ipswich branch. Our economy cars are renowned for being cheap to hire as well as low running costs with great fuel efficiency. Book online in advance for our cheapest prices, alternatively book in branch and get the car that suits your needs.
Moving house? Moving furniture? Enterprise has vans available at our Ipswich branches to ensure that you can get a vehicle to suit your needs. From smaller passenger vans to larger commercial vans – give our branches a call or book online to guarantee you a van hire that will suit your needs. Van hire is cheap and easy through Enterprise online or in branch, we promise to provide a vehicle to suit you for as long as you require it.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What do I need to hire a car with Enterprise?
The essential items you will need to bring to an Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch when hiring a vehicle are a valid drivers licence, valid ID, and a credit or debit card. You will also need to prove you are over 25 years of age, and there may be additional documentation required for international drivers. Learn more about what you need when hiring here.
- Do I need insurance to rent a car or van?
No. At Enterprise you don't need to purchase insurance as we provide a damage waiver within the cost of your hire. You can, of course, take option to purchase additional protection products to reduce the excess further to give you complete peace of mind. Visit our car hire insurance page for further details.
- How old do I need to be to hire a car or van?
All drivers must be a minimum of 25 years old. Only drivers over 30 years old may hire full-size MPVs, premium vehicles/exotic cars and Luton vans. Younger drivers might be interested in Enterprise Car Club. Learn more about age requirements for hiring a vehicle here.
- What are the driver's licence requirements for car hire in the UK & Ireland?
All drivers must present a full valid driving license. If the driving license is written in a language and characters different to those of the country of rental, an International Driving Permit is also required. Learn more about car hire driving licence requirements here.
- Can I hire a car with a debit card?
We accept payment by either a debit or credit card in the name of the renter. A credit card is required if you are renting a People Carrier, Compact Elite, SUV, Premium, Luxury or Executive vehicle. Learn more about our accepted card payment methods here.
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