Brighton, in East Sussex, is one of the most popular seaside towns on the south coast of England. Connected to the north by the A23 and to the east and west by the A27, Brighton is a colourful, diverse and extremely fashionable town.
Brighton and Hove has a long history as a fashionable place to be seen. As long ago as the 1750s, Dr. Russell of Lewes began prescribing immersion in seawater to his patients for a variety of maladies. The health benefits of seawater may now be open to debate, but the technique gained rapidly in popularity amongst society doctors and their patients in the 18th century.
By the late 1780s, the Prince Regent, notable for his love of the high life, had started to visit Brighton regularly on the advice of his doctors. Indeed, he liked it so much that he ordered the huge and lavish Royal Pavilion be built to provide him with accommodation on his visits. The Royal Pavilion is an essential stop on any tour of Brighton, its wonderfully exotic interior reflecting the flamboyant and extravagant character of the Prince Regent, who was later to become King George IV.
Brighton is also noted for its golden, sandy beaches, which are enjoyed by visitors and residents alike during the summer and have won Blue Flag awards for their quality. The town's many students (at both the University of Sussex and Brighton University) and young professionals ensure that the town's nightlife thrives as well.
In recent years, Brighton has gained a reputation as a centre for the new media industry in southern England - web and graphic design companies, internet startups and media marketing agencies abound in the town, providing a hotbed of creative activity.
As you'd expect, most of the major van hire companies have branches in the Brighton and Hove area, providing a comprehensive choice of rental vans: