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Used to be known as Brighthelmstone/ Bristelmestune, Brighton city is a town that forms part of Hove city within the county of East Sussex, England. The area is near Bevendean, Falmer, Hollingbury, Hove, Lewes, Moulsecoomb, Patcham, Portslade, Withdean and Whitehawk. Being less than an hour away from London by train made the city a popular destination for arts, festivals and beaches.
The city's seafront has a wide collection of bars, restaurants, nightclubs and amusement arcades, principally between the piers. Brighton beach also has a nudist area (south of the easterly part of Kemptown). The shingle beach up to the low tide mark has been awarded a blue flag by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) as a sustainable tourism environment. The Monarch's Way long-distance footpath heads west along the seafront above the beach. You can also visit Ohso Social, a former deck chair arch that has been transformed into a bar and restaurant.
Since the 1978 demolition of the open-air lido at Black Rock area has been developed and now features one of Europe's largest marinas. However, the site of the pool itself remains empty except for a skate park and graffiti wall, and further development is planned including a high-rise hotel which has caused debate, mirroring proposals for the King Alfred leisure centre in Hove, in 2008. To add to this, part of the eastern side of the beach has been redeveloped into a sports complex, which has courts for anything from beach volleyball to ultimate Frisbee and opened to the public in March 2007.
The peak season in Brighton is summer because of the sunny days, fresh sea breeze and fun activities including the Brighton Bike Ride which is usually held in June. Other summer events include the Brighton Pride and August Bank Holiday. For live music and spectacular firework displays, make sure to check out the Brighton Festival and The Great Escape in May. If you want to escape the crowd, visit Brighton in September and enjoy great food at the Brighton and Hove Food Festival.
With Brighton being so close to the likes of London and even Gatwick Airport, it is an ideal place for a quick road trip in your hire car from VroomVroomvroom. It has a fantastic beachfront that you can cruise down and take in the unique atmosphere.
There are Speed Indicator Device display boards in Brighton that will flash up if you are within speed limit and show a sad face when you are breaking the speed limit. The speed limit in the city centre is 20mph so keep that in mind when you drive in Brighton. Also avoid driving while using your mobile phone even if it is traffic or waiting for the traffic light to turn green because you can receive a £60 fine and three penalty points on your licence when caught. Before heading off, check out the live traffic updates from BBC.
VroomVroomVroom can help make your holiday in Brighton more memorable. We have compiled a list of popular and top attractions that you should not miss in your trip. With a dependable car rental, you can easily get around and explore the area.
The Royal Pavilion is the highly recognizable summer palace of George IV (the Prince Regent) and offers exhibits, tours and special events throughout the year.
Address: Marina Way, Brighton BN2 5UT, UK
Brighton Marina is an artificial marina that is owned and governed by Premier Marinas. It has varied range of boutique shops, bars and restaurants, a multiplex cinema, a hotel, a health club, a casino and a lot more attracting things. It is a very popular place for being a world-class venue for leisure everyday.
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery is housed within the Royal Pavilion Gardens in Brighton. Its admission is completely free of charge. The museum has wide collection of artworks from different countries from all over the world as well as thousands of historical items.
Address: Madeira Dr, Brighton BN2 1TW, UK
Brighton Pier has brought smiles to the faces of many visitors over many years. From fairground thrill rides and arcades, to small shops and stalls to tempt you in to buying their wares. And there is an abundance of food choices as you meander along the weathered planks of a beautifully designed and looked after piece of Brighton history.
SEA LIFE Brighton Centre
SEA LIFE Brighton Centre is a place situated along Marine Parade, Brighton. The venue showcases entertaining marine life based attractions which is perfect for anyone looking for fun and educational experience.
Preston Manor is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as belonging to the Bishopric of Chichester, it's modern history dates back to 1559 and in the 1800s the Preston Manor estate extended for miles into Brighton and Hove and down to the seafront. Today the manor illustrates Edwardian life and there are also tales of ghostly sightings and experiences. The Manor is located in Preston Drove, Brighton BN1 6SD and there is free parking as well as a gift shop, with refreshments and a children's play area nearby in Preston Park.
Address: New Rd, Brighton BN1 1SD, UK
Theatre Royal is a grand theatre housed in a Grade II listed building in Brighton, East Sussex. Its history comes from back in the 18th century. Today it features varied range of West End shows, ballet, touring musicals, plays, opera and great Christmas pantomime performances.
Brighton Fishing Museum And Quarter
Address: 201 Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 1NB, UK
Brighton Fishing Museum And Quarter is situated in the Fishing Quarter, which is the heart of Brighton's seafront, where Brighton's fishing industry is still very much active today. Locally caught fish and shellfish arrives off of the fishermens' boats every day for you to snap up. Or even try their smoked fish from the traditional smoke house, situated right in the Quarter.
Address: Clermont Rd, Brighton BN1 6SG, UK
Preston Park is stated to be the largest urban park in the city. From taking part in sports to sitting and enjoying a picnic on a summer's day, Preston Park is the perfect place to go. Due to its size and location the park is also used as a venue for concerts, circuses, fairs, family days and other events. It is also home to the 'Preston Twins' - who are widely considered the largest and oldest Elm trees in the world.