By: Kay Jackson
Brighton beach is one of the most popular destinations in the UK, attracting millions of visitors each year. Whether it is for a weekend stay or a longer break, there are an abundance of hotels in Brighton that will cater for your every need.
The Pier is perhaps the city’s most iconic landmark. It dates back to 1899, and opens at 10.00am each day. The pier is home to a famous funfair that opens at midday and is renowned for its thrilling rides, like the Wild River Flume that goes up a water mountain and then climaxes in the ultimate splash landing. The Crazy Mouse twists and spins, and the truly white-knuckle Super Booster stands at over 125 feet tall and travels from 0-60 mph in less than three seconds. The ride takes passengers to a height of 38 metres before the thrilling sheer drop. The fair offers a variety of other attractions, and there are rides for children of all ages.
Brighton Pier is also renowned for its amusements. The Palace of Fun is a must for its innovative and interactive games – including many well-known console titles – and some of the prizes to be won include games consoles and digital cameras. The Family Entertainment Centre located in the Dome has arcade games for all ages, as well as a food-court. For winding down after hours of fun, visitors can take advantage of the amazing sea views at Horatio’s Bar.
Brighton’s seafront is a tourist attraction in itself. It is lined with bars, restaurants, nightclubs and amusement arcades, and also features some of the most famous hotels in Brighton. The famous shingle beach is vast, and has been awarded a Blue Flag Beach Award for cleanliness. To the east of the beach there is a modern sports complex, with facilities for almost anything, including beach volleyball and “ultimate Frisbee”
To the west of the seafront is The Monarch’s Way, an ancient long-distance footpath measuring 615-miles (990 km).The path is historically linked to the escape route of King Charles II in 1651 following the Battle of Worcester.
Brighton Marina is a man-made marina with a scale of around 127 acres. The marina features shops, restaurants, bars, health clubs, a casino and cinema. It is the place to go for a sightseeing boating trip, and various operators also offer lessons in sailing, yachting and powerboating. The Marina is conveniently situated for the central hotels in Brighton.
Brighton really does offer something for everyone. For the more broad-minded visitor, there is a very well-known naturist (nudist) beach, which can be found to the east of the Kemptown area.
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