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Brighton has always been a popular choice for visitors. From its famous Lanes full of independent shops, bars and cafes, to the thriving seafront and traditional pier, its appeal spans the whole range of holiday traveller.
Surrounded by the South Downs national park, a choice of beaches, historic towns and pretty villages, taking out a hire car in Brighton opens up the whole of Sussex and the south coast for adventure.
Travelling to Brighton is easy. It is a popular choice for London commuters so transport links in and out of the capital are fast and simple. Gatwick is the closest airport and has coach and rail options, or it takes about 40 minutes to drive the 28 miles south on the M23.
Flying into Heathrow is also a good option. Again, there are good public transport links, with regular express trains from London Victoria to Brighton. By car, the journey is about 64 miles, or one hour 30 minutes, and it is well signposted.
Avis, Thrifty and Europcar can all provide a rental car in Brighton, among a host of others.
So once you have your hire car, head out of Brighton in any direction and you will find some stunning scenery. Try Devil’s Dyke or Ditchling Beacon for panoramic views from the South Downs, both are short 10-minute journeys out of the city centre. Lewes is a charming old town 20 minutes’ drive north. FamoUSA for its annual bonfire parade, it is also full of independent shops, great pubs and flea markets.
To the west is Hove, Brighton’s slightly calmer sister. Think Regency squares and brightly coloured beach huts, as well as a busy high street. Or carry on driving, past the historic castle town of Arundel, the cathedral city of Chichester and the stunning West Wittering beaches, and you will see the pointy spike of Portsmouth’s Emirates Spinnaker Tower stretching into the sky.
Just 50 miles along the A27 dual carriageway from Brighton, Portsmouth is a naval city with a proud maritime past. See the Mary Rose or HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which is situated within a working naval base. Or step onboard HMS Alliance, a WW2 era submarine. Staying on the A27, but heading west from Brighton is Eastbourne. The seaside town has seen some redevelopment in recent years. It is home to the Towner Art Gallery and has a long stretch of beach great for picnics, fish and chips and rock pooling. Birling Gap and Seven Sisters, a long stretch of bright white cliffs and undeveloped coastline, are a five-mile drive down the coast, or walk it along the South Downs Way.
Parking in Brighton can be expensive. There are cheaper options available in the city centre, but take some time to research.
Speed limits are strictly monitored. Parts of the city centre are limited to 20mph and speed cameras are ubiquitous.
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