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Welcome to Brighton, the "Happiest City in the UK"!

Brighton: vibrant, hip and the most happening of British seaside cities. It has amazing historical hot spots, cool eateries, traditional seaside fun and a host of easily accessible short and day trips to get some of England's best and most beautiful scenery and attractions.

Tucked between the famous South Downs and the English Channel, the city is just over an hour from London by train, 40 minutes from Gatwick airport and 75 minutes from London Heathrow Airport by car. Many of the best things to do in Brighton are just a short walk from anywhere in the City

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Street Art in Brighton

Brighton has more than its fair share of street art – it’s big, bold and colourful and you’ll find street graffiti all around the North Laine area and where you’re least expecting it.  The wonderful Trafalgar Lane is a narrow lane covered with street art from one end to the other and murals will pop from the sides of houses and shop fronts.

On the wall of the Prince Albert pub is the iconic Banksy mural ‘Kissing Policemen’ although this is a copy – the original was sold years ago by the pub owner.

There’s also the ‘dead rock stars’ mural on the wall paying tribute to some of the world’s music legends by street artists Req and Sinna. It’s recently been updated to included some more recently departed icons.

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Some streets are totally residential and, for that matter, highly Instagrammable.

The bars and cafés are laid-back, hip and arty with excellent people-watching potential.

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Brighton Palace Pier

Strolling along the seafront promenade, you can’t miss the rather grand entrance to Brighton Palace Pier, also the venue of our opening party and dinner. At 1722 feet long, this quintessential Victorian pier is acknowledged as the finest pier ever built, and now offers a balance of traditional seaside with the excitement and pace of modern day.

With various food and drink outlets, a games arcade, traditional fairground attractions such as the helter- skelter and dodgems to more stomach-churning rides for thrill-seekers, Brighton Pier has something to offer everyone. Even if fairground rides aren’t for you, don’t miss the opportunity to amble along the wooden boards of the pier, the sea beneath you, the wind in your hair, and a great view of Brighton’s seafront.

And with a choice of bars and a famous fish and chip restaurant, a visit to Brighton Pier is a must! But, beware the seagulls – they’ll have your chips if you look away for so much as a second. Time spent on the Palace Pier is one of the best free things to do in Brighton.

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The Lanes and North Laine

An intricate maze of twisting alleyways and tiny streets crammed with quaint and quirky shops alongside funky restaurants and cafes, The Lanes is perhaps the most popular tourist attraction in Brighton. You'll often find buskers livening up the streets, making it a great place to grab a coffee and soak up the atmosphere to the sounds of some live jazz. The fun goes on into the evening too…

If your shopping tastes are eclectic then the North Laine is bohemian heaven; second-hand furniture, ornaments, vintage clothes, vinyl and an assortment of kitch collectibles can be foraged for and there’s a Saturday table-top street market too. Don’t miss Kensington Gardens, Gardner Street and Bond Street.

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The Royal Pavilion

Brighton’s Royal Pavilion is a must see. Built for George IV as his seaside retreat, this is Brighton’s jewel in the crown and a visual Turkish delight.

It has also served as a civic building and a hospital during the First World War.
The Royal Pavilion houses furniture and works of art including original pieces lent by HM The Queen and a magnificent display of Regency silver-gilt.

Domes, minarets and turrets are accentuated by clever night-time lighting. Think pink during Gay Pride and blues and purples for Christmas. Inside is even more exotic with a riot of Chinese opulence and silk paintings, the ultimate seaside pad. At Christmas the Pavilion becomes the backdrop for an outdoor ice rink where you can skate away to Christmas classics while the spicy aroma of mulled wine fills the air.

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Brighton Seafront

Our opening parade starts on the seaside and Brighton’s famous pebble beach. Under the promenade stalls and small shops sell crafts, colourful prints and original pieces by local artists as well as buckets and spades and Brighton Rock. A carousel lends that funfair vibe and when the bars, cafés and restaurants fill the air with happy chatter.

Taking a stroll along the seafront you come to the British Airways i360 (see excursions) where you can glide up 450ft in a space-age pod for breathtaking views of the area. On a clear day you’ll see fabulous views over Brighton and Hove and some rooftop artwork which has appeared since the i360 was completed.


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The West Pier and Hove Lawns

If you keep walking past the i360 you'll get to Brighton’s West Pier - back in the day there were bumper cars, a music hall and speed boats launching from the end of the pier.

It’s sad to see so little left of it due to a catastrophic arson attack in 2003 and then damaged in a huge storm. This is a great place to watch the sunset and, if you’re lucky, you might catch a murmuration of starlings which roost on the West Pier.

Going further past the West Pier you’ll see the Old Bandstand and the elegant squares and terraces of Regency Houses painted their uniform cream colour.

And if you walk a little further west and you’ll come to Hove Lawns (where our opening parade starts) and its rainbow row of beach huts. 

There's something about Brighton...