Brighton Rocks

By: Kay Jackson

Brighton is the most famous seaside resort in the UK, and attracts around eight million visitors every year. The city is packed with attractions, entertainment, culture and history, as well as the wonderful hotels in Brighton, so there is truly something for everyone.

Brighton is renowned for its vast shingle beach, which holds a Blue Flag Beach Award. Brighton Pier is a very popular landmark and is open daily. It has a funfair with awesome rollercoasters and rides for visitors of all ages as well as an abundance of arcades, featuring everything from traditional slot machines to the latest console games. The seafront is lined with amusements, bars and restaurants, as well as some of the grandest hotels in Brighton. Brighton Marina was man-made during the 1970s. Covering around 127 acres, the marina is very popular with tourists, and features shops, bars and restaurants, with ample parking.

Brighton is internationally renowned for its fabulous nightlife. There are over 300 pubs, and many visitors come purely for the club scene, which is why the city is a favourite for stag and hen nights. There is a thriving music scene, and Fatboy Slim is a permanent resident here. There is something for everyone, from 80s, 90s, 00s, soul, jazz, funk, house or a mixture. Top DJs are always making appearances and the city is bursting with live music venues.

The Brighton Centre is the largest venue on the South Coast and during 2010 will host contemporary acts such as Scouting for Girls and Peter Andre, as well as some leading comedians and popular entertainers, not forgetting some family favourites like The Wiggles. The Centre also accommodates national and international conferences, seminars and events. It is conveniently situated close to many of the hotels in Brighton.

Brighton is also seen as a cultural hub within the UK. In May the city holds the Brighton Festival, an annual arts festival second only to the Edinburgh Festival in scale. There are around 200 events and spectaculars featuring theatre, music and visual arts.

The Royal Pavilion is a very famous cultural landmark, and is visually stunning, dubbed “the Taj Mahal of Brighton”.  Originally a haven of George IV, it is now open to the public. The city also has some wonderful museums, including the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, with celebrated collections of Decorative and Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Costumes, Textiles and Toys.

As well as being a popular tourist destination, Brighton is also renowned for its thriving gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender scene, and this is reflected in the large number of bars, nightclubs and shops that are very much geared towards this community. Brighton also hosts the annual Gay Pride carnival which takes place in August.


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