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Hiring a car in Brighton

Brighton is a popular seaside resort on the south coast of England known for its nightlife, arts scene, shopping and variety of festivals.

By hiring a car, you're able to travel around the city and the surrounding areas and really enjoy everything that you want to.

The A27 heads through Brighton from Hastings all the way to Portsmouth. To go north, you take the A23, which merges into the M23 and then the M25, which circles London.

What you need to know

Cars can be hired from a number of different providers in Brighton, and if you search on our website you can be sure to find the most competititve deal.

Whether you're looking for a family vehicle or something more sporty to drive down the coast, our suppliers have a hire car for you. Also, don't worry should you circumstances change at the last minute, because we also offer free cancellation and amendment on all bookings.

Where to pick up your car

All of the hire car providers are less than 1km from Brighton train station and right in the city centre, so when you arrive in the city you can either take a short stroll to collect your vehicle or get a taxi from the train station.

Some of the main suppliers in Brighton include Hertz, Europcar and Avis, so you can be reassured that you are using well-known top-quality car hire providers.

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Where to go

Being such a vibrant and cultural city, you won't be short of things to see and do during your trip to Brighton.

Why not visit Fabrica to take in some contemporary art? Or you can head to the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, which is filled with an array of innovative exhibitions housing collections of fashion and style, 20th century art and design, and fine art, in one of the most renowned and eclectic collections outside of national institutions.

You also won't want to miss out on visiting the beach either, where you can lie back and relax in the sun, walk along the pier, take a spin on the rides or enjoy one of the beachfront bars and restaurants.

Nearby Brighton

Just over an hour west of Brighton along the A27 you'll reach Chichester, an old cathedral city. This area is perfect for a walk as there's so much to explore, from the city walls to the harbour.

You should also visit Goodwood, which is home to the stunning Goodwood House and Goodwood Racecourse, and hosts a variety of sporting events all year round.

If you drive an hour north along the A26 you can reach the charming historic town of Royal Tunbridge Wells. This area is truly stunning and boasts more stately homes and gardens, churches and award-winning parks in such close proximity than anywhere else in England.

Longer drives

Having a hire car gives you the freedom to explore even more of England and see what it has to offer.

If you drive two hours north along the A23 and M23 you can reach London. Being England's capital city, there's no end of things to see and do. Visit the city's main tourist attractions including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and the London Eye, or explore the eclectic shopping, from Westfield and Oxford Street to the quirky markets in Shoreditch and on Brick Lane.

Alternatively, two hours west of Brighton on the A27 is [Southampton,]9 another of England's largest cities. You can't go wrong with a bit of shopping here, exploring a range of high street brands to small independent stores to fill your day with retail therapy.

There are also a number of museums and galleries, including the Solent Sky Museum, SeaCity Museum and Southampton City Art Gallery.

Top attractions to visit in Brighton

Hiring a car means that you're able to get about easily and see everything that Brighton has to offer.

Eating and drinking

You can find any cuisine that you could dream of in Brighton, from some hearty pub grub to fine dining options.

There are a number of cafes, restaurants and bars along the beachfront, with stunning views out across the sea, as well as some gems hidden down the many cobbled streets in the city.

You can also enjoy a vibrant nightlife scene, as Brighton is well-known for its fantastic variety of pubs, bars and clubs.

Things to do

Whether you're looking to immerse yourself in culture or kick back and relax on the beach, there's no shortage of things to do in Brighton.

Head to the famous Victorian Brighton Pier where you can enjoy the various food and drink outlets, fairground attractions and Palace of Fun arcade.

Alternatively, why not visit some of the fantastic museums that are based in the city? Explore the galleries at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Hove Museum and the Albion Museum, or check out the latest shows that are on throughout Brighton.


It goes without saying that the beachfront in Brighton offers a stunning view across the ocean, but there are many more places that you can enjoy some sightseeing.

Pay a visit to the Royal Pavilion, one of England's most exotic pieces of architecture. This seaside palace was built for Prince Regent (George IV) in 1783 and was transformed by John Nash between 1815 and 1823 to become the dazzling sight it is today.

With almost 100 parks and gardens in Brighton, you're spoilt for choice. Take a stroll around the duck pond and Victorian Clock Tower of Queen's Park or the nearby Kipling Gardens, which boast a woodland garden, herb garden and a croquet lawn.

There's no end of stunning sights to see across the city, so why not head out and explore for yourself? You're almost certain to find your own hidden gem in such a vibrant and beautiful location.