Come to Brighton and Hove!*
Brighton is unique amongst English cities. It is in the business of letting people enjoy themselves. The Prince Regent set the tone. When he came down to Brighton in 1783 he fell in love with the place and decided to build a home there. This would be no stuffy royal palace. The Royal Pavilion is a palace of fun. Voluptuous Indian style domes flaunt their curves on top of the building. The interior is inspired by Chinese design, managing to be exotic yet homely, imposing but not oversized. Ever since, Brighton has been associated with lovers enjoying time together.
Brighton is a wonderful place for families to have a traditional seaside holiday. When you have exhausted the delights of the beach or paddling in the sea, eating fish and chips and ice cream, trying out your luck on the amusements on the pier, walking along the miles of promenade (or cycling or roller skating)…… well after that, you can ride on the Volk's Railway or find out more about underwater life in the Sealife Centre or be enchanted by toys in the Toy and Model Museum.
Old sea-dogs can park their yachts in the Marina. Young sea dogs can go sailing, wind-surfing, canoeing or maybe even swimming. Landlubbers will find there are plenty of sports centres and parks to pursue other sports.
With two universities (the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex), Brighton is a centre of education. The student community gives a vibrancy and buzz to the place. Artists and musicians are drawn here and you will find many pubs with live music and works of art for sale in small galleries or even on the seafront railings.
Hove, as well as Brighton, has its own museum. There are several large art galleries and theatres, both mainstream and alternative.
Brighton has much to offer the environmentalist. In 2007, Brighton and Hove topped the Sustainable Cities Index for quality of life and progress towards a more sustainable future.
A short bus ride out of the city takes you to the South Downs Way, the oldest road of all, meandering through an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Visit the local windmills and the fishing museum to find out how our forebears tried to harness the environment.
On the other hand, there are excellent shopping facilities in Brighton. In the Churchill Square area, you will find many household names such as Denbenham's and Marks and Spencer. In other areas, such as the Lanes and North Laine, you can find specialist and independent shops.
Some have described the Prince Regent as the first commuter in England. He did his work in London and spent his free time in Brighton. Many have followed him. The excellent railway service can carry you to London in under an hour, allowing you to sample the attractions of the Capital City.
Whatever your fancy, you can find it in Brighton and Hove!
*Brighton or Brighton and Hove? Brighton and Hove used to be two separate towns. In 1997, both were combined to form the City of Brighton and Hove.