Information about the seaside town of Brighton
Brighton is a university town and in recent years has become an
extremely busy, slightly bohemian alternative for Londoners to live. It
has many clubs, bars, restaurants, and other 'dives' associated with
student life and the unconventional. It has always been a popular
day-trip destination for Londoners, ever since the Prince Regent adopted
it as his out-of-town residence. It was he who built the strange but
beautiful Brighton Pavillion and much of Brighton was developed during
The sea-front promenade is a lively and beautifully preserved but has a
contemporary feel about it. Here you will find the Palace Pier and its
amusement arcade and funfair, fortune-tellers, candy-floss sellers and
everything we associate with the British seaside resorts. The beach is
pebbly, and there is plenty of entertainment along the seafront for
children and adults alike. Visit The Lanes, a charming collection of
little shops in a higgledy-piggledy street layout that is all that is
left of the original fishing village.
At the end of July there is the Brighton Pride Festival, one of the
larges Gay festivals in the UK and November sees the London to Brighton
Veteran Car Run, made famous in the 1950s with the film Genevieve. This
is just a taste of the many activities that run throughout the year in
this exhilarating seaside town. See our collection of
Brighton pictures .
There is an aquarium, a Marina and a 122 year old miniature public
electric railway (the first in the world) called the Volks Railway which
still runs from the Aquarium to near the Marina throughout the summer
season. Brighton also hosts many important festivals and annual events.
In May there is the Brighton Festival of Arts which is second in ranking
to the Edinburgh Arts Festival in Scotland. This, like in Edinburgh, is
accompanied by a Fringe Festival which is just as exciting as the one in
Scotland. In June is the famous London to Brighton Bike Ride which is a
charity event on behalf of the British Heart Foundation, with
contestants cycling all the 58miles to Brighton to raise funds.