When you're planning a trip to London, you might not initially think about hiring a car. After all, the centre of London is packed with attractions such as the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, and many famous museums and art galleries.
However, if you book a hire car for your trip, you can explore some of the places on the outskirts of the city. If you are taking your family on a London car hire holiday, you can visit several theme parks in the London area, each of which is packed with rides and attractions to keep everyone entertained.
In this article, we'll be looking at what you can see and do if you visit Chessington World of Adventures as part of your London car hire holiday.
London Car Hire - Chessington World of Adventures
Chessington World of Adventures incorporates a theme park, a zoo and a new Sea Life centre, and it's easy to get there in your London hire car. If you pick up your hire car at Heathrow Airport, it will only take you about half an hour to get to Chessington. You can park your rental car at Chessington World of Adventure free of charge.
The theme park at Chessington is divided into nine areas: Beanoland; Forbidden Kingdom; Land of the Dragons; Market Square; Mexicana; Mystic East; Pirates Cove; Toytown; and Transylvania.
Thrill-seekers will love rides like the "Rattlesnake" rollercoaster and the "Black Buccaneer" pirate ship ride. You can also take a trip on the "Runaway Train", fly through the air on the "Vampire" coaster or take to the water on "Seastorm". There are plenty of rides for young children as well and they will love the Toytown area, where they can ride flying elephants on "Flying Jumbos" or drive one of Toadie's Crazy Cars.
Chessington Zoo opened in 1931 and is now home to more than 400 animals. You can see Sumatran tigers, Persian leopards, Asiatic lions and gorillas on the Trail of the Kings; watch Californian sealions perform at Sealion Bay; enjoy watching the monkeys in the Monkey and Bird Garden; or get up close to spiders, snakes and lizards in the Creepy Caves.
The Sea Life Centre at Chessington opened in 2008. Its 250,000 litre aquarium is home to many different marine creatures, including clownfish, stingrays and sharks.
There are a number of food outlets at Chessington World of Adventures and there are also souvenir shops throughout the park. If you are travelling with young children, you can also take advantage of the park's new "Kidspotter" service, which allows you to hire a tag which will track your child via GPS and mobile tracking technology, making it simple for you to be reunited with them if they get lost.