|Once one of the most elegant and popular towns in England, Brighton is still fashionable enough to attract large numbers of
visitors. Today's Brighton is a combination of a good old fashioned seaside resort and a cultural centre offering trendy eating places and
nightlife. This duel identity ensures that Brighton has lots to offer all age groups.
Brighton's nightlife is particularly lively and the town is has a popular gay and lesbian nightclub scene. There are also a range of cultural attractions and activities and good shopping areas. The Lanes is the most famous shopping area in Brighton with a mixture of cafes and small shops selling a mixture of art, antiques, jewelery, clothes, records or just plain junk.
The beach and seafront are, of course, very popular during the summer, especially at weekends when the town is visited by throngs of Londoners. The pebble beach stretches from Hove in the west to the nudist beach by the Marina. Palace Pier is a popular visitor attraction, with traditional seaside offerings such as candyfloss, doughnuts, fish and chips and amusement arcades.
Tourist AttractionsBrighton Museum and Art Gallery Church Street
Recently refurbished as part of Brighton's regeneration scheme. The new exhibitions include Fashion & Style, Performance, Body, World Art, 20th Century Art & Design, Fine Art, Mr Willett's Popular Pottery, Images of Brighton and Exploring Brighton.
Tel: 01273 290900
Royal Pavilion Pavilion Parade
Brighton's most famous landmark, built for the Prince Regent (who became King George IV) in about 1780. The building has been restored to its former glory, both inside and out and is open to the public. Surrounded by the attractive Pavilion Gardens which are an ideal picnic location.
Open: Oct to May 10am-5pm. June to Sept 10am-6pm. Closed 25 & 26 Dec. Tel: 01273 292822
Sea Life Centre Opposite Palace Pier
Home to a wide variety of sea life including sharks, which can be seen close-up from the underwater viewing tunnel. A great option on a rainy day.
Open: Daily from 10am, call for winter opening hours. Tel: 01273 604234
Komedia North Laine
This fringe theatre puts on a variety of comedy, live music, performance art and children's shows. The club's Cabaret bar has regular comedy nights.
Tel: 01273 647100
The Theatre Royal North Laine
This beautiful theatre presents traditional productions from Shakespeare to Agatha Christie.
Tel: 01273 328488
Brighton Tourist Information CentresBrighton Tourist Information Centre
10 Bartholomew Square, Brighton, BN1 1JS. Tel: 03003 000088
Hove Tourist Information Centre
Church Road, Hove, BN3 3BQ. Tel: 03003 000088