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GPS: 50.8192, -0.1372
Altitude: 7 m
Distance from the capital city: London, 85 km
Last update: 2012-10-22 06:36:48

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 Aura: 78Reviews: 6202011-08-24 09:52:44
The city of Brighton is one of the largest seaside resorts in Great Britain . It is situated on the south coast of the country and it is a popular tourist destination as it offers many hotels, restaurants, entertainment centers as well as historical monuments and language schools. Brighton has about 480,000 inhabitants today (2011) .

Glances into history

Brighton was just a small fishing town of little importance until the 18th century. Around 1740, the local doctor Richard Russell began to promote sea water as extremely beneficial to healthy lifestyle. A few years later, people from the area, especially from the capital London , began to regularly visit Brighton. That led to fast building of hotels, restaurants and entertainment centers. By the end of the 18th century, the developing resort became popular with prince regent, George IV at that time, who spent a lot of time there and had the exotic and luxurious Royal Pavilion built. That predetermined the future development of the city. In 1801, the city had 7 thousand inhabitants, while a hundred years later, more than 120 thousand people lived there.

Monuments in Brighton

Everyone who comes to Brighton should visit the Royal Pavilion. The moment you enter the palace, you will think you turned up somewhere in India and you will find yourself looking for Aladdin on his flying carpet. Every room has its own unique orient decoration. When walking along the coast, you cannot miss the Brighton Palace Pier (The Brighton Marine Palace and Pier) , where you can visit an entertainment park and many restaurants, boutiques and cafes. The oldest building in the city is the St Nicholas Church from the 11th century. There are several museums, such as the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery or the Brighton Fishing Museum.

Tourist attractions

If you want to experience the atmosphere of the original fishing village, visit the Brighton Lanes. You can walk trough narrow streets full of romantic cafes, boutiques, antiquity stores and jewelry shops. The overall atmosphere is enhanced by live music directly on the street, especially jazz. The Sea Life Centre, where you can touch sea animals and take a look at sharks or into the world of Captain Nemo, will captivate both children and adults. The biggest attraction is the tunnel, which runs below the biggest aquarium.
Near the city Brighton, you will find the small charming village of Rottingdean. This picturesque historical village is known as the birthplace of the writer R. Kipling, author of the Jungle Book.
Many people from all over the world head for Brighton to educate themselves, especially in the English language. You can choose from a great number of schools and combine your studies with enjoying the beauties and pleasant atmosphere of the city. If you grow tired of studying and walking from one monument to another, go to the beach or to one of the numerous park, which are very popular in Brighton. Apart from relaxing on the beach, you can go swimming, sailing, cycling or play volleyball and basketball. The city is a perfect place for those who are looking for adrenaline experiences of all kinds.

Brighton - city of festivals

Many different festivals take place in the city throughout the year. The biggest art festivals include the Brighton Festival, the Brighton Festival Fringe, the Artists Open Houses or the Great Escape. As for other popular events, you can visit the Charleston Festival, the Radical Bloomsbury Exhibition, the Heroes Run, the Kite Festival and many others. If you are planning your trip to Brighton, be sure not to forget to look in the festival program before parting.

Cities around

BrightonRottingdean (6km)Shoreham-by-Sea (10km)Lewes (12km)Newhaven (13km)Hassocks (12km)Worthing (16km)Burgess Hill (15km)Alfriston (21km)

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