Car Hire in Croydon
Car hire in Croydon
The corridor between London and the southWhat better place to pick up your Avis car rental than Croydon, strategically located just 9.5 miles south of Central London. The town has excellent links to southeast England but before you explore the surrounding area, spend some time discovering this interesting town.
Popular car hire locations in Croydon
A town that caters for everyone
An ideal base for exploring London and southeast England, this is a town with a diverse heritage, which has seen many changes and developments over the years. The Croydon Vision 2020 regeneration programme will also bring about future changes and the promotion of the town as a living, retail, culture and business centre.
It is currently one of the most important retail spaces outside London’s West End, with the Whitgift Centre and Centrale malls offering an exciting range of fashion and lifestyle brands. The Surrey Street Market is one of the oldest in the country. In May 2012, the town succeeded in its bid to become one of the twelve Portas Pilot towns, with funding to redevelop its central shopping areas.
There’s also plenty to keep culture-vultures entertained. Venues include the Fairfield Hall arts centre with its Arnhem art gallery, concert hall and Ashcroft Theatre. The award-winning Clocktower on Katharine Street houses one of the most modern libraries in the world and the town museum. The Riesco Gallery has an important collection of Chinese pottery and ceramics. The Warehouse Theatre has gained a reputation for promoting new writing, comedy and youth theatre.
Croydon Palace was the summer residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury for over 500 years and Henry III and Queen Elizabeth I were regular visitors. Now known as the “Old Palace”, the buildings are still in use as a school.
There are also over 120 parks and open spaces, with adventure playgrounds, ponds, lakes, ornamental gardens, woods and a country park. Golfers also flock here to enjoy the nine major courses.
For a day out with a difference, take the family to visit Croydon Airport, once London’s main airport. The visitors centre has two galleries in the old control tower, with displays and memorabilia narrating the history of the world’s first international airport.
Addington Palace, close to the town centre, pre-dates the Domesday Book and is where Henry VIII courted Anne Boleyn. It is set within 163 acres of grounds.
Car rental for your onward journey
The town borders the home county of Surrey, which is made up of many places of historic and cultural interest. Make the most of your car rental by drinking in some of the surrounding towns and attractions, then head to the sea!
Head 10 miles west to Epsom for a day at the races. Multiple famous events are held here throughout the racing calendar, the most noteworthy being the Epsom Derby which takes place in early June. The pretty town itself is also worth a visit.
If history’s your thing, pay a visit to nearby Hampton Court Palace, once home to Henry VIII. There’s plenty here for the whole family with popular attractions including the Tudor Kitchens, Henry’s very own apartments and the Hampton Court Maze. You can also bring a picnic to enjoy among the splendid gardens. If you’re feeling particularly brave, embark on one of the evening ghost walks to experience the palace in a different light – just keep your wits about you!
Dorking, just outside the M25, is home to one of England’s vineyards. Take a tour of the estate on the miniature train and then sample some of the wines on offer – or, for those driving, buy a bottle to savour at home.
Craving some sea air? Why not take a trip down to Brighton on the south coast for some fish and chips and a stroll on the beach. The town offers an interesting mixture of high-street shops and individual boutiques in the famous Laines. For that true British seaside feeling, round off your visit with some penny arcade games and a stick of candyfloss on the pier.
Avis car hire at the ready
You’ll find a comprehensive range of services at your disposal. Why not join our Avis Preferred programme with benefits that reward customer loyalty, including vouchers and other offers. We can also provide out-of-hours return to cover all eventualities and arrival times, as well as breakdown assistance for total peace of mind on the road.