Brighton Pier (Palace Pier, map). Closing times vary throughout the year, but are typically a couple of hours after sunset. Massively tacky and sickly sweet it may be, no visit to Brighton is complete without a walk along its 525 metre-long pier.
The oldest part of the city is the Lanes (map), which is bounded by North Street, West Street and East Street, through which runs Middle Street – and Ship Street. Western Road (map), a major shopping street runs east–west from the Clock Tower (map).
The Old Steine (map). The centrepiece of Brighton’s ‘floral gateway’, this features a rotating selection of flowerbeds, a fountain, and cafe. During the Brighton Fringe Festival (in May) there is often a large outdoor exhibition where performances take place.
Sea Life Centre (map). An aquarium with walk-through underwater tunnel, adjacent to Brighton Pier. This is the oldest working aquarium in the world.
Brighton Festival Fringe – runs at the same time as the main festival, and features over 600 events, including comedy, theatre, music, and “open houses” (local artists exhibiting in their own homes) and tours (haunted pubs, Regency Brighton, churches, cemeteries, sewers, etc.)