Brighton and Hove, England
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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
- 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.
- Brighton Beach
Pebble beach that nonetheless gets quite crowded in summer. Walking with bare feet can be rather painful here.
- Brighton Pier
Also called the Palace Pier, this is Brighton’s famous seafront arcade.
- Royal Pavillion
A flamboyant structure designed by architect John Nash for the Prince Region between 1815 and 1823.
- Sea Life Centre
An aquarium with walkthrough underwater tunnel.
- 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.
- The North Laine
A neighborhood with people practising the alternative lifestyle. A good place to observe hippines, punks, goths, etc.
- Toy and Model Museum
A small museum under the Brighton Station viaduct.