First recorded in The Doomsday Book in 1086 as ‘Bristelmestune’, Brighton’s status as a real tourist resort wasn’t achieved until rail links from London connected the coastal city in the 1840s.

The attraction of Brighton

What drew people to Brighton then and now were its beaches. Miles of shingle coast bursting with an abundance of bars, clubs, restaurants and shops made it one of the most popular resorts in the UK; something which the passage of time has left unaltered.

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The eastern part of the beach, located beside the colourful district of Kemptown, has a popular nudist beach, marina, cinemas and plenty of local pubs. Undoubtedly the star attraction of Brighton beach is the Palace Pier which provides rides, fresh seafood and places to drink in one of the only surviving traditional pleasure piers in the country.

The West Pier, once the main rival of the Palace Pier, was closed in 1975 and subsequently destroyed by two fires in 2003. Despite this, it remains an iconic if slightly ghoulish and skeletal feature of the seafront landscape.

Getting to Brighton

Brighton train station is only a short walk from the seafront but to truly enjoy the Sussex downs it is recommended to hire a car. Located in Sussex, Brighton is surrounded by many wonderfully quaint villages such as Alfriston and Lewes, the site of Arundel Castle and once home of ‘Rights of Man’ author and political activist Thomas Paine.

Weekend car hire would be the easiest way of venturing out to these often overlooked places and we provide plenty of high quality hire options for those looking to travel in this area. Of course, our rental options aren’t only limited to those visiting Brighton on a short trip, with long term car hire available through our Avis Flex scheme.

This gives you the choice of our full range of cars with benefits such as no deposit allowing you to get on the road quickly and easily. The minimum period of hire for this option is 28 days and bills are issued monthly so you can slip the cost into your usual budget with greater ease. You’ll even be able to add an additional driver – meaning that car rental in Brighton could give you more time and freedom to visit all the great attractions found in this seaside paradise.

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