Would you like to know more about Great Britain?
I think it would be interesting for you to read the information about Brighton.
Brighton began as a small village. In 1500, there were only five streets North Street, East Street, West Street, and Middle Street. There were a few cottages by the sea for fishermen, but there weren`t any large buildings. Around 1750, people from London started to visit towns on the south coast because they believed that the sea was good for their health. Brighton became very popular. By 1875, it was a large town with a museum, a library, a hospital and a royal palace.
Brighton is a great place for music fans. Some of the most fashionable clubs in the UK are in two streets in Brighton, West Street and Kings Road arches, and well-known DJs often perform there.
Every year in May, the Brighton Festival offers a programme of theatres, dance, classical concerts and opera. If you prefer other forms of entertainment, there are many museums, art galleries and theatres in Brighton. You can also see films at the oldest independent cinema in the UK “The Duke of York”.
If you`re interested in fashion, Brighton is the ideal place to shop.
There are some large department stores, and also lots of smaller, independent clothes shops. These often sell more unusual clothes. The most famous for shopping in Brighton is The Lanes. Here you can buy interesting jewelry, hats, shoes, perfume and all sorts of other things. There are also open-air markets where you can find great bargains.
Some interesting facts about Brighton
- ‘Brighton’ is not the city’s full name. It is actually formally known as the city of Brighton and Hove.
- Brighton is one of England’s most popular seaside resorts. The town has a population of about 480,000 and is located on the south coast, about 90 km south of London.
- During the 19th century, Brighton became popular with day trippers from London, who came by train. The town also became a fashionable health resort, and bathing in seawater was widely practiced.
- Brighton is home to Britain’s oldest cinema, Duke of York’s cinema.
- Today Brighton attracts about 8 million visitors each year.
- It has been voted the UK’s coolest town and one of the happiest towns in the country.
- The town has featured in books by Graham Greene, Henry James and Jane Austen. It has been featured in over 40 films, including the classic 1947 film Brighton Rock.
- The London to Brighton veteran car run dates from 1896 and is the world’s longest running motoring event. Participating cars must have been made before 1905 and cannot go faster than 32 km per hour.
- Many actors, musicians and other public figures have lived in Brighton, in particular, Sir Paul McCartney, Nick Cave, Adele, Noel Gallagher, Fat Boy Slim, and Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett.
- Brighton has a nickname. Thanks to its cosmopolitan nature, Brighton is sometimes referred to as ‘London by Sea’.
- Brighton first became fashionable amongst day-trippers and holidaymakers from London in the late 1700s, when the Prince of Wales, who became King George IV, became a regular visitor. The palace he built, a beautiful Indian and Oriental inspired building called the Royal Pavilion, is one of England’s most unique landmarks.
- Brighton’s Grand Hotel was built in 1864 and when it opened, had the country’s only lift outside London.
- The Brighton Sealife Centre is the world’s oldest aquarium.
- One of the most interesting areas of Brighton is the Lanes, a maze of narrow streets. This popular shopping area is well known for antiques, fashion and jewellery.
- Brighton Pier opened in 1823 and is over 580 metres long. The pier is illuminated by 70,000 lights.
- The town has almost 100 parks and gardens, and over 400 restaurants, more per person than anywhere except London.
- Brighton has tunnels beneath it! Brighton is rumoured to have numerous lost tunnels but there is one from the Royal Pavilion to the museum and Dome today which you can still see.