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Brighton town guide

Brighton is the largest seaside resort in the South East of England, combing gracious 18th. Century architecture with places of amusement.

In 1783, the then Prince of Wales, who later became George IV, liked the place so much that his patronage made the town very fashionable. A residence was built for him in the Classical style. Between 1815 and 1822, this Royal Pavilion was re-built by John Nash in its present Indian Mogul style. Brighton local authority later bought the Pavilion and it is now open to the public. The interior is as fantastic as the exterior, which you can discover for yourself if you have the opportunity to visit.

Brighton Promenade fronts the shingle beach and is backed by high chalk cliffs, fronted by many elegant Georgian buildings.

A trip on Volks Electric Railway - the first ever, built in 1883 - will allow you to enjoy the sea breezes and appreciate the atmosphere of the town.

Brighton has long been well known for its Piers, the West Pier and the Palace Pier. The West Pier, built in 1866 has recently suffered damage - the middle section having collapsed into the sea - but it is intended that this Victorian structure will be renovated to its former glory.

Take the chance to explore the Lanes, an area of old Brighton is famous for its antique and curio shops.

In November each year, the famous London to Brighton Veteran Car Run takes place. This event celebrates the removal of the original restriction when cars were not permitted to exceed four miles per hour and had to be preceded by a walking man carrying a red flag. Currently only vehicles built before 1905 may take part. The sight of these splendid veterans carrying occupants in period costume delights the spectators along the route.

The Brighton Festival takes place each May and is a feast of concerts, operas and plays.

There are many trains from here to London each day, or a hire car will allow you to explore Brighton and the south coast at ease.

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