Brighton and Hove, England

Brighton and Hove is a city in East Sussex, England, in the region of South East England. It covers 33.8 sq mi (87.54 sq km) and has a population of 256,000 people (2012 estimate), within an urban area of 450,000 people. Brighton and Howe were two separate towns which were merged in 1997 as a single unitary authority, and granted city status by Queen Elizabeth II during the millennium celebrations in 2000.

More on Brighton and Hove

Of the two components of Brighton and Hove, Brighton is naturally the more famous. This popular seaside resort has a population of 155,000. The two towns are so close to each other, there isn’t a gap of countryside between them. The main route is the M23 motorway, which continues as A23 south of Crawley.

Visiting Brighton and Hove

There are trains from London’s Victoria Station and London Bridge Station to Brighton. The fastest train is the Brighton Express. There are also train services from Hastings, Lewes, Portsmouth and Chichester.

If you’re planning to drive to Brighton (from London), let me warn you in advance that the motorway can get quite congested. It’s not going to be easy finding parking space in Brighton. Car parks in Brighton charge £1.50 per hour. For details on Brighton’s Park and Ride service, visit http://www.parkandride.net/brighton/brighton_frameset.shtml

Sights & Attractions to visit in Brighton and Hove

  1. Booth Museum of Natural History
    A little out of town, this museum has an outstanding collection of stuffed birds, a giant bear, and other animals.

  2. Brighton Beach
    Pebble beach that nonetheless gets quite crowded in summer. Walking with bare feet can be rather painful here.

  3. Brighton Pier
    Also called the Palace Pier, this is Brighton’s famous seafront arcade.

  4. Royal Pavillion
    A flamboyant structure designed by architect John Nash for the Prince Region between 1815 and 1823.

  5. Sea Life Centre
    An aquarium with walkthrough underwater tunnel.

  6. St Bartholomews Church
    Measured from floor to ceiling, it is one of the tallest churches in Europe, but not exactly the prettiest. Still, its size makes it a local attraction.

  7. The North Laine
    A neighborhood with people practising the alternative lifestyle. A good place to observe hippines, punks, goths, etc.

  8. Toy and Model Museum
    A small museum under the Brighton Station viaduct.

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