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From the lively seafront to the rolling countryside further inland, a hire car will help you see all the best bits of Brighton. The town has been attracting visitors for hundreds of years - and if you pick up a car, you’ll find it’s easy to join them.
We are in a good position to help too. Our office in Melville Road is in a great spot to collect a rental car, close to the centre and Brighton railway station. You’ll be able to find us easily and we’ll be sure to get you on your way as quickly and efficiently as we can.
Brighton has grown from a small fishing village on the south coast to a lively city often called ‘London by the sea’. It certainly attracts Londoners with its seaside appeal, but there’s a lot more to this amazing city than sea and sand.
You’ll still find interesting relics of Brighton’s past as a humble fishing port. Head down to the vaults under the Promenade between the two piers to browse the boats and fresh fish stalls. This colourful area is also a goldmine for culture. Plenty of cafes selling delicious seafood and galleries full of nautical art and craft.
The original fishing village was transformed when young members of the Royal family built an extravagant palace by the sea here 250 years ago. It was a perfect retreat from London for the young aristocrats. You can still visit their amazing Royal Pavilion in the city centre, complete with its exotic domes, outrageous ornaments and lavish interior decorations.
A short walk along the Promenade, the Brighton Wheel offers a smaller, more sedate rotation in a gondola, letting you gaze at the city from a slightly-less-scary 160ft.
The city is one of the UKs hotspots for modern, alternative culture. Expect to find a long list of exciting bands and DJs available every night here. There are scores of galleries featuring up-and-coming artists and you’ll even find some of the best of today’s street performers too.
Brighton has several busy conventional shopping areas but it has become famous for offering some of Britain’s quirkiest shopping too. To find them, head for the two areas called the North and South Laines. These narrow pedestrian alleys are lined with an array of strange and quirky shops, stalls and traders selling everything from antique jewellery to handmade high heel shoes covered in flowers.
Dotted in and around all the little shops, Brighton has an enormous array of cafes, bars and restaurants. In a city that caters for so many students, alternative, young people and visitors, it’s perhaps not surprising that you’ll be able to enjoy numerous cuisines, everything from gourmet seafood to budget ethnic menus.
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
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Brighton is one of the top visitor destinations in the UK, thanks to its winning combination of seaside fun and city living. With the famous pier, numerous museums and theatre hotspots, you’re bound to find something to suit everyone.
The fascinating promenade stretches for miles along the shore, as Brighton extends into neighbouring resorts like Shoreham and Peacehaven. It’s worth having a hire car to explore these miles of seafront and you’ll be able to visit quieter, more conservative English resorts like Worthing and Eastbourne. Back in the middle of Brighton’s busy waterfront you’ll find the classic East Pier, a traditional English holiday construction on stilts leading out above the beach and waves. It’s interesting to wander the boardwalk, perusing souvenir shops and amusements along the length of the pier.
Walking along the promenade you can’t miss the Brighton Wheel. This big Ferris wheel offers leisurely rotations in glass gondolas, accompanied by fabulous views of the beach and city from 160ft in the air. Further to the west is the new BA i360 ride, which takes you even higher for stunning panoramic views.
The city’s most famous attraction is the 250-year-old Royal Pavilion, one of Britain’s most extraordinary palaces. It was built in a lavish, oriental style with domes and opulent decorations so young royals could hold parties away from London. Taking the memorable tour inside the Pavilion is one of the Brighton essentials.
Nearby is the wonderful aquarium, housed in period vaults beneath the Promenade. The water tanks are so big you can even take a boat ride on one of them. Among a thriving city centre packed with independent shops, galleries and restaurants, you’ll find two bohemian hotspots: the North & South Laines. These pedestrian alleys and streets are full of Brighton’s quirkiest shops, bars and galleries. It’s great fun to explore and you may come away with an oddity you couldn’t find anywhere else in the world.
Head west to the more genteel suburb of Hove, with beautiful period houses along the waterfront, or east into the liveliest area, Kemptown, with a more alternative, younger feel.
Or drive north from the seafront to head into the wonderful countryside beyond the city. The rolling, chalk-land hills of the South Downs have now been declared a National Park. It’s a great area for walks, picnics and discovering pretty little country pubs and garden centres.
Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.