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The Royal Pavilion



eorge, Prince of Wales (later Prince Regent and George IV) first visited Brighton in 1783 for the medicinal properties of sea water. He fell under the spell of the town and determined to have a house of his own. A modest farmhouse was converted into the neo-classical Marine Pavilion in 1787 before being transformed into the present breathtaking palace by architect John Nash between 1815 and 1823. Open everyday, except Christmas and Boxing Day, the lavish interiors are well worth a visit. Rooms are available for hire with marriages and civil partnerships performed.


Royal Pavilion Information

    The Royal Pavilion, palace of George IV


People eating alfresco in the Lanes



The Lanes



ounded by North, East and Ship Streets, on the narrow cobbled streets that reflect the 15th century fishing village of Brighthelmstone (as Brighton was called). Today The Lanes is a smart shopping area with a coffee bar on every corner There are contemporary and antique furniture, ceramics and jewellery, old prints and books and anything which bears a designer label. If shopping is not enough, the Lanes is also famous for its restaurants and bars. 


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Brighton Marina




ne mile east of Brighton is Britain’s largest marina. Brighton Marina combines the seaside atmosphere of a fishing village with the bustle of a modern shopping centre. The Village Square, with factory shops, waterside restaurants, cafes and bars, is car-free and safe for children, fishing and sightseeing boats leave the quayside regularly and there is a choice of eight cinema screens or 26 lanes of ten-pin bowling. The Marina is reached by foot along Madeira Drive from the Pier or along the beach on Volk’s, Britain’s oldest electric railway.   


Brighton Marina Information



Sailing boats moored at Brighton Marina


The entrance to the Sea Life centre


Sea Life Aquarium



ome of Britain’s most spectacular and up to date sea life displays can be experienced in this historic former Victorian Aquarium. Sea Life has over 100 marine species, including sea horses, sharks, giant turtles and rays, living in their own habitat. Exhibits include the impressive 800,000 litre capacity ocean display with its walk-through underwater tunnel, bringing the oceans closer than ever before. Open daily.


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Churchill Square



ne of the south coast’s most modern shopping centres with some 90 big name shops, a wide selection of fast food restaurants and lively cafes. Situated in the heart of Brighton’s main shopping district, Churchill Square is open seven days a week with late night shopping on Thursdays, has parking for 1600 cars and a shoppers’ crèche.


Churchill Centre Information


Churchill Square shopping mall

The pier and seafront lit up at night


The Brighton Pier and Seafront



he sea is an ever changing backdrop to life in Brighton. From Brighton Marina to the derelict West Pier there is so much to see and do. In a city famous for its art and entertainment, it’s not surprising that the seafront has so much to offer ~ from the quiet promenades of Madeira Drive to the traditional seaside pastimes and nightclubs below Kings Road not forgetting the candy floss, karaoke and white knuckle rides of the dazzlingly bright Brighton Pier, there is something for everyone.  


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