Brighton Beach / Pier
Ever since George IV, the Prince of Wales, brought fun, fashion and frolics to Brighton at the end of the eighteenth century, the destination has flourished as a pleasure retreat and now offers traditional seaside fun, an exotic royal palace, entertainment, shopping, and year-round events. Similar to London, but with a beach front and promenade, with plenty of hotels and night life, Brighton is well worth an overnight stay.
Brighton has long been known as Britain’s number one gay resort. Its annual gay pride event, Gay Pride, has become the largest and most successful gay and lesbian festival in Europe. Kemptown is known as the ‘gay village’ of Brighton, and has a thriving and diverse scene ranging from leather workshops, pink parlours, and techno clubs, to specialist boutiques, hotels, estate agents and kickboxing classes.
West Pier and Brighton Pier
A wooden deck stretching a few hundred feet seaward, with a building at the end of it, may not seem particularly interesting but to the Victorians it provided a way of enjoying the healthy sea air without getting seasick. There are two piers in Brighton, though one – the West Pier – was closed in 1975 and suffered both fire damage and building collapse in 2003. The other pier, Brighton Pier, is basically full of arcade games, tacky shops and fried food places (though you can still walk along the pier to enjoy the sea air and views of the building itself, just like the Victorians did.) The Lanes
The tangled network of narrow cobbled alleyways between East, North and Prince Albert streets marks the extent of the early town of Brighton (known then as Brighthelmstone.) In those days, the lanes (as they are known) were filled with fishmongers, bakers, bootmakers and taverns. As the town expanded, the alleys fell into disrepair and for many years, were slums. Now renovated, here you will again find lots of charming shops, bars and restaurants.
We will also see the memorial to John F Kennedy on an acre of land given to America by the people of Britain.
Brighton City Sightseeing Tour takes you to visit one of the south-coast’s most vibrant and popular resorts. This extravagant city offers many things to do and places to go, from the striking Royal Pavilion, Regency architecture, and Victorian aquariums, to the famous Brighton Pier, Sea Life.
Things to Do on Brighton Beach
If you’re feeling active then there are lots of sports to try on Brighton beach from water sports such as kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding to classic beach sports such as volleyball and Frisbee. If that sounds too hectic then why not indulge in the simple pleasure of a refreshing paddle and maybe skim a few pebbles across the water? Or if even that is too much then grab a deckchair and really relax!
Of course a day at the beach has to include a trip to the iconic Brighton Palace Pier with its helter skelter and arcade games. Just next door you’ll find Sea Life Brighton home to giant turtles, sharks and seahorses. To the east of the Pier you’ll find the historic Volks Railway – Britain’s oldest electric railway built in 1883.
Head west and you’ll find the free Fishing Museum, tracing the city’s origins as a sleepy fishing village and a bit further along you’ll find British Airways i360 – the world’s tallest moving observation tower. Glide 450 feet into the air to see Brighton & Hove including the vibrant Brighton Beach, in all its glory!
Heading west from the i360 takes you past the Peace Staute and across the boundary in to Hove. There’s the stunning architecture of the modernist Embassy Court and the Regency Brunswick Square. Further along the seafront there’s the iconic colourful beach huts and the new Hove Plinth. Major works will be showcased on the plinth for up to 18 months – the current one is Constellation by Jonathan Wright.
After dark, Brighton Beach really comes alive with Brighton’s seafront clubs and bars nestling underneath the Victorian beachfront arches opening their doors for some of the best club nights in the country.
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