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"A great location - what a fascinating city - so much to see and full of interesting people also, it was good to meet some of the BSBM team and put faces to names!" - Visiting HR Manager, Uganda
Brighton is situated between the sea and the tranquil Sussex Downs. Brighton is one of the UK's most popular visitor destinations, and our most thriving and cosmopolitan city, with its resident population of just over half a million swollen by 5 million tourists, conference delegates, and overseas students every year.
Brighton is one of Britain's liveliest cities. It has a bohemian, artistic, and eccentric atmosphere that cannot be found anywhere else in the UK. Combining the modern with the traditional, Brighton has a heritage that is rooted in the Regency era and is brought up to date with a unique cultural outlook.
Brighton has plenty to offer its visitors and redidents, including elegant Regency architecture, museums and galleries, great shopping, stylish cafés, bars and restaurants, glittering nightlife, arts, theatre, and of course the seaside.
The Royal Pavilion is one of Europe's most extraordinary royal palaces. This was King George IV's seaside fantasy palace with Indian domes and oriental interiors. There's all the fun of the fair on Brighton Pier with its whirling Waltzers, fish and chips, and candy floss. Stroll along the vibrant beachfront with its lively cafés and bars, pubs and clubs, Artists' and Fishing Quarters, beach volleyball court, children's play area and dramatic sculptures framing the sea views.
Brighton is made for walking, with narrow alleys of the 17th century Lanes, a maze of smart shops selling antiques, jewellery and designer clothes, and the bohemian North Laine, full of unusual and eccentric shops selling everything from bonsai trees and bongos to oriental silks and far eastern furniture. Find all your favourite high street names under one roof at the award-winning Churchill Square shopping mall or discover the designer discount outlets at Brighton Marina.
The arts play a major part in Brighton life especially in May when the Brighton Festival, England's largest international arts festival, attracts thousands of people to hundreds of events for 3 weeks. There's everything from contemporary dance to comedy, operas to exhibitions, circuses to street theatre. You can see pre- and post-West End shows at the Theatre Royal, fringe theatre at Komedia, classical concerts at the Brighton Dome and pop stars at the Brighton Centre.
The city's museums are treasure troves of inspiring objects from all eras and cultures. Brighton Museum & Art Gallery has undergone a £10 million development and now has dynamic and innovative new exhibitions, including World Art, 20th Century Decorative Art Fashion & Style, Body and Social History, which feature exciting interactive displays appealing to all ages. Discover Brighton's origins at the Fishing Museum and its development at the 1820s Regency Town House, while a visit to Preston Manor gives a glimpse into the life of a prosperous Edwardian family and their servants. And there's always something happening on the seafront and in the streets - classic car rallies and cycle races, fun runs and French markets, parties and processions.
Brighton's nightlife is relaxed and fun-fuelled, with stylish bars, traditional pubs and the biggest selection of restaurants outside London - over 400, serving mouthwatering cuisine from around the world. There's live music nearly every night of the week and the club scene is legendary. Home to world famous DJs like Fatboy Slim, Brighton's clubs host some of the most exciting nights around.
There is also a wide range of places to stay, from 5 star luxury to friendly family-run guesthouses, plus a growing number of hotels, individually designed and fitting in perfectly with Brighton & Hove's arty and offbeat character.