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Renting a car in Worthing makes for a hassle-free break at the British seaside...
Once upon a time Worthing was little more than a fishing village, where burly men of the sea dragged hauls of mackerel on to the smooth pebbles of the beach. But long before the Victorians went around discovering sunny seafront havens, the Georgians put Worthing on the holiday map as a fashionable place in which to take the sea air and bathe. They transformed the landscape with elegant buildings so typical of the era. These white-washed beauties have survived the rigours of the ageing process and today blend in handsomely with modern architecture, palm trees and everything else you'd expect to find at the seaside.
Worthing sits on the West Sussex coast between the popular tourist hotspots of Brighton in the east and Bognor Regis to the west.
Worthing is certain to get your cultural and creative juices flowing - it worked for Oscar Wilde and Harold Pinter, who lived and worked here (Jane Austen visited too). If you'd rather watch someone else do the graft in the artistic department, catch a show at one of the town's three theatres, including the gorgeous Pavilion Theatre.
Worthing Museum and Art Gallery showcases the evolving fortunes of the town rather well. It's a family-friendly space with lots for young minds to explore. You could also enjoy a stroll amid the tenderly-crafted gardens of Worthing, including the ornamental gardens at Beach House Park and the family activities around the lake at Brooklands Park. But, of course, most visitors do as the Georgians once did: let the waters wash over the feet and the bracing sea wind redden the cheeks as the sun beats down.
Collect your hire car at a convenient location in downtown Worthing - you can get around town with ease as well as set a course for nearby attractions. To find a great deal on car rental in Worthing, use TravelSupermarket's search tool.
Worthing car rental is not only handy for motoring around town - you also have the freedom to see more of England at your leisure...
With the South Downs as neighbours, Brighton a little way to the east and a swathe of coastal attractions in the west - including Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight, Selsey and Bognor Rogis, plus Chichester a little further inland - it can be hard to decide in which direction to drive first. The beauty of hiring a car means that you can take in all of the sights at your own pace, doing as little or as much as you like.
The border of the South Downs National Park is mere minutes from Worthing and the park is simple to access by road. Take long woodland walks among the trees and hills of this charming ribbon of protected countryside, spying traditional villages and castles, or enjoy hikes along the cliff-tops.
The holiday hotspot of Brighton is a 30-minute drive from Worthing. Boasting the same graceful seaside splendour of Worthing, Brighton has grown much larger than its neighbour and is home to many wonderful and independent shops, eateries, pubs, and family attractions.
Go west to stumble across a crowd of tourist-pleasing destinations. There's Bognor Regis, where more beach fun takes place, or Selsey, where the pace of life is decidedly slower. You can drive to the historic naval city of Portsmouth in less than an hour. It's packed with many attractions and is also the place to catch ferries to the Isle of Wight - for a more isolated holiday next to the sea.