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Staines Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • This year Staines changed its name to Staines–upon-Thames
  • It’s part of the Greater London area and lies within the M25
  • Staines developed as a crossing point of the River Thames and was well established in Roman times
  • It appears in the Middlesex section of the Domesday Book as Stanes
  • Some think it was named after the Roman word Stana meaning a stone that marked its boundary

Staines Mini Guide

What can you Tell me About Staines?
The town developed as a crossing of the River Thames and is mentioned in Roman times. It continued to thrive on the ferry and then the bridge traffic, gaining momentum with the development of the capital. Today it is a busy commercial gateway into London but is trying to promote its softer side and attract tourism, beginning with its name change in 2012.


How Easy is it to get to Staines?
It’s a very easy borough to access having great rail and road links. Heathrow Airport is the most convenient air route to it by taking the Piccadilly underground line from the airport and changing onto the Northern or Bakerloo lines for Waterloo mainline before continuing to Staines. Heathrow has the largest selection of overseas routes from most parts of the world and renting a car from Heathrow Airport is quick and easy.

What Should I do or see When in Staines?
Despite its busy feel, there are still some great places in Staines to wander around and just enjoy the atmosphere. In Clarence Street you’ll see beautiful Georgian and Victorian buildings whilst the former town hall is an attractive building built in Victorian times with Italian and Flemish architectural features. It was once an arts centre and became a bar but is currently empty and being maintained to preserve its architectural importance.

Getting out of Staines, the A3 leads south into the Surrey countryside with Chessington World of Adventures around thirty minutes away and the National Trust properties of the Devil’s Punchbowl and Hindhead Common around 45 minutes away beyond Guildford.

Latest Update from Staines:

02/05/13 - If you love Italian design and especially Italian motor cars, be at Brooklands Museum this weekend for the museum's biggest event of the year, the Auto Italia Car Day where hundreds of Italian cars and motorbikes will be on show. 

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Staines is close enough to London to be a good base for the capital with a direct rail link into the city but also close to rural Surrey for those that want some country air.
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