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Information about the seaside town of Brighton

brighton pierBrighton 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 this time.

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.

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.

BrightonIn 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.

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 .

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