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When Britons think of Aldershot, only one thing comes to mind the military strength of England. This is an army town, pure and simple, or used to be before the parlous state of the British economy slashed funds to the services. Even so, the town, set in the county of Hampsrental, is still known as the home of the British Army.
Just over 150 years ago, no-one had hard of the village of Aldershot except those who lived in or near it. Set on a vast swathe of common land, too poor to be used for agriculture, in earlier times it was regarded as a haunt for highwaymen and considered a dangerous area to pass though. In 1854, when the Crimean was ongoing, the land was requisitioned as an army base, thus sealing the towns future.
The towns population reached its peak in he 1950s but has fallen back since, and anyone visiting it nowadays would find cheap car rental in Aldershot Downtown the best idea for getting out of Aldershot. The surrounding Hampsrental countryside is attractive, with a number of interesting towns within easy reach. The military area of the town is still a garrison which serves its soldiers with married quarters, messes and all the necessary paraphernalia.
For those seriously interested in military history, a trip around the several military museums made comfortable with car rental in Aldershot Downtown will give details of the regiments stationed here and their triumphs. The Parachute Regiment is perhaps the best known, and its museum incorporating the Airborne Forces as well is worth a visit.
Car rental in Aldershot Downtown is the best way to travel around the region. Nearby are the ancient woods of the New Forest, a protected national park of great beauty and historic significance, having once been the hunting grounds of the medieval kings of England and their courtiers. New Forest ponies are indigenous to the area, and can be seen roaming the woods.