Dave Lawrence
Dave Lawrence - Author of Mad About Brighton.

Brighton, A City That Excites

Brighton, A City That Excites

Creative and vibrant

There is a host of other opportunities available to you here. Youll be surrounded by activists; human rights workers, lawyers and community organisers. Its because our students can take electives taught by guest lecturers such as Desmond Tutu or Malala Yousafzai. We have a purpose built Human Rights Law Centre where you can volunteer.   Youll also find World War Two survivors among our alumni who will share their stories with you. Brightons prestigious attractions are home to renowned museums, galleries, theatres and live music venues - perfect for anyone who enjoys a cultural city break.

Brighton is also home to the UKs only public photographic gallery, a beautiful space where you can view some of the worlds most important photography, Mad About Brighton (madaboutbrighton.co.uk). The University of Sussex—part of the prestigious Russell Group—is an international Study Centre with over 3,300 students from over 130 countries. It is a research-intensive university and has consistently been ranked among the top 20 modern universities in the UK. Living in a vibrant city like Brighton means theres always something to do.

Seaside escape

Alongside the golden beach, Brighton’s famous pier also brings a different kind of entertainment: fairground rides and sideshows. This is the perfect place to go if you want a break from all of the eating and drinking. There are plenty of shops and restaurants along the pier, where you can try old-school candyfloss or fish and chips. Being a seaside town, Brighton can also be visited during the summer too. To escape the crowds, try the seafront on a Wednesday afternoon in June when many of the shops and restaurants are closed.

Drink in the atmosphere of the seafront at its most peaceful – especially early in the morning before opening time. The numbers of holidaymakers heading to Brighton has increased year on year. In 2016, 9. 5 million people visited the city and they all needed somewhere to stay. To ensure that you are getting the most from your stay, it is important to look for guest houses that offer additional amenities such as breakfast. Seaside escape can be found along the south coast of England.

This attraction is situated in a seaside resort and is a popular tourist destination, so make sure you book your accommodation before you travel. You can take in the fresh air, marvel at the waves and even have a go at an array of water sports. Brighton beach is one of the UK’s longest and was voted among the top 10 beaches in the world. Just a short walk from anywhere in Brighton, you’ll find lots of entertainment options to enjoy on the beach.

Historical Victorian pier

A trip to Brighton is not complete without a visit to the Brighton Pier. It is said to be one of the most photographed piers in the country. The pier (originally known as the Palace Pier) was constructed in 1899 and was officially opened by Edward, Prince of Wales on July 10th 1901 . At first it was built as a landing jetty for paddle steamer excursions, but soon became an amusement area with an arcade hall under a clock tower and buildings resembling ice cream cones, a fun house, sideshows and freakish attractions such as mummies and giants.

In 1976 the pier is designated as a Grade II Listed building. The sea front at Brighton is bounded by the pier to the west and the Palace Pier to the east. Known as a pleasure pier, it was built in 1899 using ironwork from a disused bridge at Oxford Street in London. The pier is 718 feet (220 m) long; its structure weighs 500 tons (450 metric tonnes). There is a pavilion halfway along its length that houses a museum; there are also shops and amusement arcades.

A deck extending over the sea at low tide gives views of the sea bed; and there is an aquarium containing fish and marine animals native to Britain. Wandering around Brighton pier is a great way to spend time with the family, especially if the weather is good. You can start your day by having breakfast at one of the Brighton cafes or restaurants before heading down to Brighton pier. Even if you are not planning on winning any prizes from the game arcades, walking through them and observing people’s reactions to certain games is always fun.

At Brighton pier you will also find various eatery booths and stalls selling drinks, popcorn, ice cream and other snacks. Brighton's original pier, is a famous Victorian pier and amusement arcade. It was built in 1891, and claims to be the last seaside pier on the south coast of England. Having closed three times (in 1924, 1963 and 1983 due to fires), it finally closed in 1984 for ten years during the height of a recession.

It is now under new ownership as the Brighton Palace Pier Ltd. You can’t miss the end of the pier, with its architectural style standing out from other buildings in Brighton. At the pier head you can get a wonderful view of the beach and purpose-built pontoons where it is possible to board sea-life cruises. This is a seaside escape you can experience all year round with some calming water sports, a good choice of restaurants for eating out and plenty of amusements to keep everyone happy.

Royal treasures

An utterly mad monarch had the Royal Pavilion built in Brighton. George IV (I’m not sure how kings are numbered) was eccentric. He liked beer, causing a minor riot when he appeared at a brewery, pretending to have come for a tour but simply drinking beer and wandering off. On another occasion he caused offence by painting his face black and pretending to be an African Lord at a masquerade; his brother-in-law called him ‘Othello’s little bastard’.

In the late 18th century Prince George, the Prince Regent (later King George IV) was keen to spend some time enjoying the sea air in Brighton, but also wanted to provide the means of entertaining his guests. His solution was to go on a shopping trip for a building that would provide amusement and temptation for his friends. At the same time they would have fun finding accommodation. The Pavilion was completed in the1820’s by George IV (who later became King) as a seaside retreat for him and his family.

Since then, more of the building has been added so that it is now very different from the first vision. Today, there are formal Throne Rooms, Chinese Rooms, an Arab Hall and what used to be called the Band Stand Room – this was once used by up to 200 musicians. To mark the anniversary, the Royal Pavilion will be hosting a series of new tours and events. There is also a new exhibition 'Royal Treasures'showing over 400 objects from The Royal Pavilion's collection of art and treasures, including pieces made exclusively for the royal family over the last 250 years.

Beautiful countryside

For a seaside escape, though, Brighton is the perfect place. It has miles and miles of beaches that are perfect for swimming, surfing and relaxing. You can also enjoy a range of water sports including sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. There are also some fantastic festivals going on throughout the year, which celebrate art and music, so youll definitely never be bored. And if youre feeling brave enough to climb up the citys famous landmark – the Royal Pavilion – there are great views from the top!.

The airport is always bustling with people so youll get to meet lots of new arrivals for city breaks all over the world. But if you want to explore the city thats been etched on to the history pages of Brighton, then head over the Pavilion. The architecture is said to be one of the most photographed buildings in England. On a sunny day, it makes for a perfect selfie background!. Whatever you choose to do, youll fall in love with the atmosphere.

It is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Its certainly one of the reasons that Brighton is so popular with retirees and people looking to relocate from other areas of the UK. Its an ideal place to start your new life and journey into retirement. In addition to Brighton, the surrounding areas offer a lot to do also. You can visit the fishing town of Shoreham, visit Worthing or take a train to Eastbourne.

For those who wish to stay in the city for most of their time, you can still experience some countryside by visiting Hove. Or maybe youre more interested in exploring the landmarks of the city. The Royal Pavilion, The Brighton Centre and The Palace Pier are just a few of the things that make Brighton one of the best places to live in the UK. If you are a nature lover you can consider moving to Brighton, UK.


Brighton is one of the most popular destinations on the south coast and for good reason too. It’s vibrant, has a huge music scene, and a buzzing nightlife. Between June to September the beach is packed with sun worshippers. With a couple of days in Brighton, you can easily split your time between the busy city centre, the Royal Pavilion, and Brighton Pier. Brighton is a wonderful city to live in. Even though I’m from Brighton, I still hold it with high regard as a place to live.

It has an array of things to offer with the sea and stunning hills within a short distance from each other. In the centre of the city you can find the West Pier, Royal Pavilion and so much more!. If you want to approach Brighton from any direction other than seafront, then it’s worth familiarising yourself a little beforehand with how to get there. On this page I will tell you how to reach the city from all directions and where to find Brighton's main attractions once you have arrived.

Brighton might be the unofficial capital of the English Riviera, but it’s still relatively unknown to tourists and business travellers in the UK. Brighton is visited by millions every year, so why not try to grab their attention with a blog post about Brighton?. It’s always a good idea when travelling to know where you’re going, wherever it may be. When travelling further afield this knowledge is always more important especially if you want to make the most of your trip.

Brighton is no exception. If you’re coming to Brighton, you might like to find out what to do and how to get around before you arrive. Hopefully, this will make your stay a bit more memorable!. This city is a beautiful seaside town with an active nightlife and busy city life. You can visit the Royal Pavilion, take a boat trip around the historic Old Town or grab some friends for drinks along the beach.