Brighton

Brighton

OVERVIEW

Brighton (officially Brighton and Hove) is a coastal city in East Sussex, England. The railway to London opened in the 1840s and transformed what had formerly been a typically quaint English fishing village into a glamorous health resort destination for the gentry and new middle classes from London and the Home Counties.


HOT SPOTS

The Palace Pier – When in Brighton you cannot avoid this typical example of English seaside entertainment. If you haven’t eaten fish and chips on the pier then you haven’t really been to Brighton. Yum!


The Brighton Pavilion – The Prince Regent (and later king, George IV) had this beautiful palace built in a very eclectic style, reminiscent of the architecture preferred at the time in colonial India. The inside of the Brighton Pavilion is of an opulent Oriental variety, making it a prime example of the Neo-Classical and Gothic revivalist trends in Britain in the 19th century.


The Seafront – Brighton has some of the best kept Regency houses in the whole of the UK. The imposing white rendered oceanfront properties are still very much sought-after today and, if you’re lucky, you can stay in one, as some have been transformed into beautiful bed & breakfasts.


The Lanes – The old center of Brighton has countless boutique shops, as well as Bohemian lunchrooms and cafes.


CULTURE

Being only an hour away by train from London, Brighton is sometimes lovingly referred to as London-by-the-Sea, and culturally it indeed has a lot in common with the much larger capital city.


When walking around Brighton’s historical center you immediately sense the liberal attitude. Brighton is undoubtedly one of the most gay-friendly places in the UK and it benefits a great deal from gay tourism nowadays, i.e. the so-called “Pink Pound”. In August one of the world’s largest Gay Pride events takes place in the city’s famous Preston Park and the city is draped in the colors of the rainbow.


Brighton also plays host each year to the largest arts festival in England. The Brighton Festival is great for kids, as there is a parade especially for the little ones. Many artists and craftspeople open their doors to the public during the festival period, so that people can see them at work (and hopefully buy some of their wares). There is also a Fringe Festival with plenty to offer in outdoor activities, exhibitions and performances.


Brighton has plenty of museums, amongst which you can find the stunning Brighton Museum and Art Gallery in the monumental Royal Pavilion. If you’re more into performing arts, then we recommend the 200 year old Theatre Royal which showcases many top West End plays and musicals.


LAND-BASED CASINOS

In Brighton, land-based gambling needn’t necessarily be done on land. The first place to head to is undoubtedly the Palace Pier, which provides some very entertaining arcade halls and a great funfair.


If you don’t like to get your feet wet though, and prefer to stay on shore, then you ought to pay a visit to the Grosvenor Casino in Brighton (on Grand Junction Road), which has great facilities for poker enthusiasts, casino game fans and slots players alike.
 

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