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Brighton, the city by the sea in the southeast of the United Kingdom, is an assemblage of eccentric Britain. From Bohemian artists to beach side raves and the country’s most legendary gay scene, there is a cosmopolitan and hedonistic vibe that won’t soon be forgotten. HAPPYCAR is here to help you find the best car hire Brighton has to offer so you can take full advantage of this vibrant seaside hub and with a pick up location at Gatwick Airport is also available. We check the prices of international and local providers so that you don’t have to check each website and provide you with the best deals to make your money go further on a rental car that is specific to your rental needs.
Only made a city in the year 2000, Brighton is so close to London that it has been given the moniker London-by-the-sea. Aside from housing the first parliamentary member of the Green Party, Brighton is one of the most colorful cities in the country. Its Georgian charm rubs shoulders with hip designers, couples on a weekend break and, of course, a heaving number of enthusiastic seaside-goers, usually coming from the capital. Brighton also hosts a number of famous festivals all year round, such as the Brighton Fringe, Brighton Pride and the London to Brighton Bike Ride.
Brighton has a range of excellent museums in and around the city center. The Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, in particular, is one of the most popular museums in Sussex and holds many important early 20th century collections. The Museum of Penny Slot Machines is also of great historical importance and full of operational vintage machines that date back 100 years. Brighton truly is a shopper’s paradise and you can explore the narrow streets and hidden squares in the city’s 17th century Brighton Lanes. The bustling crisscross streets of the North Lane also make a great hunting ground for unique retro, vintage and kitsch finds.
Some of Brighton's most important tourist attractions include the spectacular Royal Pavilion, which is without doubt one of the most beautiful and distinctive landmarks in Brighton, attracting almost 400,000 visitors each year. The world-famous Brighton Pier, formerly known as the Palace Pier, is the fourth most visited leisure attraction in the UK featuring arcades, a funfair and seasonal fireworks displays. The Clock Tower, built in 1888 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria and Preston Manor, home to many important collections, including silver, antique furniture, paintings, sculptures and Sussex artefacts are two more great places to visit.
Long considered to be one of the best places for dining on the south coast, Brighton has an award-winning selection of food, especially for vegetarians. On the other end of the scale, there are many takeout restaurants in Brighton catering for all kinds of tastes. No seaside town is complete without seafood stalls. On the seafront, about 100 meters west of the pier, are a clutch of stands offering snacks of cockles and mussels, crab sandwiches, fish soup and oysters, all for a few pounds. There is also a huge array of pubs that swarm almost every street, where you can find expensive craft beers alongside cheap buckets of cocktails.
A car hire in Brighton can open up many attractive stops along the coastline and further inland, enabling you to make the most of the green Southeast. Luckily, most things are just over an hour away, and a Brighton car hire can whisk you away to Portsmouth along the coast, or Kent, “the Garden of England”, and historic Canterbury in the east. For closer day trips, artsy Lewes and the gorgeous national park Devil’s Dyke are less than an hour away, and London looms ominously above for an unforgettable experience. With a Brighton car rental you can relax knowing that wherever you choose to go, it can be done in your own time and on your own terms. Book your next car hire through the online comparison portal HAPPYCAR and make your dreams of a British road trip a reality.