Once an important producer of iron during Roman times, Crawley saw little development over the centuries and was a small quiet town of inns and markets serving travellers as well as locals from around the area.
These days Crawley has grown into the size of a small city, and while much livelier than it was during its early days, it still provides a great laid-back alternative to the chaos of London. With Gatwick airport just a few minutes drive from town, Crawley is the perfect place to base yourself for your driving holiday with your rental car and not have to worry about mastering the traffic of the big city on arrival. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Crawley is both easy and economical.
Chosen as one of the "New Towns" to be developed as a fresh start for those who lost their homes in London during the war, Crawley grew from being a sleepy market village into a vibrant young town with a bright future ahead. To learn a little about the area and the history of Crawley, drive your rental car a little west from the town centre and visit Crawley Museum. Here you will find displays telling the story of the area, from the very early days of settlement.
Right in the centre of town, you will find High Street, which seems to have stopped time and remained unchanged since the redevelopment. Classic English houses and inns line the street and create an atmosphere very different to big city life. Near here you will also find the oldest building in Crawley, St John the Baptist's Church. Built in the 13th century, the church is still the pride of locals and their chosen place of worship.
Being only a short drive from London, Crawly is the ideal place to stay in peace and quiet, while still being able to see the sights of the big city. Simply grab your list of attractions you would like to visit and a map, and jump in your hire car to go exploring. Then after a day of seeing all London has to offer, you can retreat to the laid-back town and soak up the warm hospitality.
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