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Within Croydon you can visit the Museum of Croydon, for the town’s history, the well-known Croydon Clocktower and the Queen’s Gardens for a quiet spot of greenery. Croydon also has an interesting aviation heritage. In the early 20th century, it was home to UK’s first international airport. Its fascinating history is recorded at the Croydon Airport Visitor Centre (open the first Sunday of each month throughout the year, except New Year’s Day).
Croydon is well served by main motorways, the M23, M25 and A23, providing an easy route to many other interesting places to visit. With a Croydon rental car you can access not only central London but also Wimbledon for the tennis season or leafy Richmond for its famous park and gardens and walks along the Thames.
Croydon is well placed for access to the main airports in London. The nearest airports are London Gatwick Airport, 21 miles away, less than a 40-minute drive via the M23 and the A23, and London City Airport under one hour on the A102 from the centre of Croydon.
London Heathrow Airport is also an hour’s drive via the M25.
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Situated between Central London and the south coast of England, it is an easy route to the seaside resort town of Brighton in slightly over an hour via the M23 and the A23. Walk along the shingle beach or explore the town for arty events, cultural festivals and infinite shopping outlets in its charming lanes.
Another worthwhile trip to the south coast would be a visit to the market town of Arundel, less than an hour and a half drive in a Croydon hire car via the M23. Located in the Arun valley, with the river Arun running through it, this town is ideal for countryside walking with views of green hills in the South Downs National Park on one side and, on the other, the English Channel along the south coast. For magnificent views of the South Downs, finish with a visit to the medieval Arundel Castle. Check opening times before you visit, as it closes for part of the year.
With a hire car in Croydon, you can reach the market town of Leatherhead, in Surrey, in about 40 minutes on the M25. Its countryside leads to Surrey Hills, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a must-visit for nature lovers. Part of this area is Box Hill, where the London Olympics 2012 road cycle race took place.
Drivers sit on the right side of cars in the UK and drive on the left side of road. Overtaking should only be done on the right.
When making your booking, don’t forget to specify to your car hire company if you need an automatic transmission vehicle, otherwise you will get a UK standard manual one.
Wearing seatbelts while driving is mandatory in the UK. Don’t drink before driving and have all your driving papers (licence, car insurance) at hand in case of a police inspection.
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