There's plenty to come and see in Brighton, here are some of our main tourist attractions:
No trip to Brighton is complete without seeing the Pavilion, the most amazing building in Brighton. Architecturally it looks like a little piece of India has been dropped in to England. Inside is a sumptuously furnished palace fit for a king, King George IV in fact, who had the Pavilion updated to its current state in the 19th Century.
The Pavilion is set in some nice gardens, which you can enter for free, and is a very popular spot for summer lunches and sunbathing. Next to the gardens is the Design Museum, and it's a short walk from the Pier, Brighton Wheel, and other attractions.
If you're coming to the beach, you should come to the Pier too. The Brighton Pier (nee Palace Pier) is the last remaining of Brighton's three piers. It's home to small shops, amusement arcades, a nightclub and fairground. The fairground is very popular and some of the rides give excellent views across the beach and the Regency frontage of Brighton, for at least a few moments until you're swung around over the sea again!
Take a ride in Brighton's giant Ferris wheel and gain some lovely views over our city, taking in Regency and modern architecture. You can listen to an amusing guide to local landmarks from Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge) while you rotate, or just sit and enjoy the view with friends and family.
A recent addition to the seafront, the Wheel is a few hundred yards from the Pier and easily visible when you get to the beach.
A little piece of working history, the Volks Railway is world's oldest operating electric railway, opened by Magnus Volk in 1883. A small stretch of it is still open and runs along the seafront, from just past the Pier to Black Rock, at the edge of the Marina. It's a lovely little ride and if you have young children, a definite must. You can embark just to the east of the Wheel.
Fancy something a little more cultural than the normal tourist attractions? We have a number of small museums in Brighton:
Birds, butterflies, fossils, bones and skeletons are the features of the Booth Museum, founded in 1874. The museum is home to Edward Booth's collection of stuffed British birds. Built up over a lifetime, he wanted to capture an example of every single British bird. They are displayed in Victorian style 'environmental dioramas' that mimic their natural habitats. There are also over 650 types of butterfly on display and many fossils and bones discovered in Sussex.
The Booth Museum is very quirky, and probably not for you if you find taxidermy at all disturbing. It is great for children and has a lot of activities for families and children, and sits opposite a large playground and cafe on Dyke Road.
Nestled next to the gardens behind the Pavilion, this free to enter museum holds various items from Brighton's beginnings as a small village and it's expansion in to a tourist hotspot in the Regency and Victorian eras. Particularly good are their overlapping maps showing the rapid expansion from village to town as the area became more popular with the aristocracy and other wealthy visitors.
The museum also holds displays from local and visiting designers. There's a lot of design talent in Brighton, fed both by Brighton's bohemian reputation and Brighton University's design departments. The museum tries to reflect the broad range of local work, as well as highlighting interesting travelling exhibits.
A packed museum hidden away under the frontage of Brighton Station, the Toy and Model museum holds thousands of toys and models. The collection is home to Victorian dolls, teddy bears, and examples of children's toys through the ages. Surrounding all of this is a huge, multi-track train set which runs between rooms and will prove fascinating to anyone interested in model trains, young or old.
The Toy and Model Museum is small and worth a quick visit if you have children who like toys, especially if they like trains.
The Fishing Museum leads you through the history of fishing in Brighton, which began as a fishing village in the 1700s. You can see how the village developed in to a tourist town, how that affected the fishing industry, see a restored 'clinker' fishing boat, and you can sample the goods of the daily catches of local fishermen.
Admission is free of charge and it's a lovely little museum, it's very interesting even if you've never thought about fishing before.
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