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Brighton and Hove

Brighton (map) is a famous seaside resort and charming city in East Sussex in southeastern England, 76 km (47 mi) south of London. In 2000, the neighbouring communities of Brighton and Hove joined to form the City of Brighton and Hove.

The city is close to London, and is increasingly popular with media and music types who don’t want to live in the capital. It is sometimes called “London-by-the-Sea” for this reason.

In the summer Brighton truly flourishes, with residents and visitors enjoying lazy days and beautiful sunsets on what is perhaps the city’s greatest asset, the more than 5-mile stretch of shingle beach, facing south onto the English Channel.

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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.)

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TRAVELINE – Provides online travel planner services for all public transportation across Great Britain. They also have separate planners dedicated to specific regions.

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 BUS >   Brighton and Hove Buses is the main bus company in Brighton. >> National Express | UK Stop finder

 RAIL >   London is the hub of the UK’s rail network and it is easy to connect to trains to Brighton and the South Coast from the major London stations. The key operators to Brighton are Southern and Thameslink. Trains to Brighton arrive at the mainline station on Queens Road.

The essential source for rail travel information in Great Britain is the National Rail website. It includes an extremely useful journey planner, ticket prices and detailed information about every railway station in the country. (*Rail travel in Great Britain).

 AIRPORTS > The most important airports are London HeathrowLondon Gatwick and Manchester Airport. All three have multiple terminals and are collectively served by a vast range of airlines and flights from the four corners of the map.

 WATERWAYS >   DFDS Seaways also operates out of Dover, running ferries to and from Dunkirk (2 hours each way). Longer routes from France and Spain, operated by Brittany Ferries, arrive at Portsmouth.

There are many ferry routes into the UK from continental Europe. (*Ferry routes to Great Britain)

Bicycles may be taken on car ferries and on Eurotunnel shuttle trains. Eurostar allows folding bikes on all its trains, and offers a more restricted service for other bikes, but has quite strict and specific rules that are worth reading up on before you travel.

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