UK Travel Guide



Brighton in East Sussex

The largest town in Sussex, Brighton became popular in 1754 when Dr. Richard Russell published an article describing the benefits of seawater. The article was so persuasive that many wealthy families traveled to Brighton to cure their maladies.

In the 1780's, the Prince of Wales came to Brighton and built himself a holiday home called the Marine Pavilion. The extraordinary house was built in the Hindu style, complete with domes spires and columns. The interior was decorated in the Chinese decor that was popular at the time. At the entrance of the Pavilion is the Museum and Art Gallery. A number of English paintings, porcelains, pottery and wax busts are on display here. Inside the domed Banqueting Hall hangs a large silver dragon that supports a chandelier of lily-like globes from its claws. Inside the Great Kitchen is a collection of over 500 copperware pieces that belonged mostly to the Duke of Wellington. In the King's Apartments and the Queen's Bedroom many personal belongings of the monarchs who lived at the Pavilion are on display. Across the road from the Pavilion is the Dome, which was originally built to hold the Royal horses. This 80 foot high dome building is now a concert hall where well known bands play. The Marine Pavilion is open to visitors all year. During the summer exhibition the Music Room and Banqueting Hall are open.

The Brighton Aquarium was established over 100 years ago. Fish from all over the world can be seen here. The recently added on Dolphinarium has daily shows exhibiting dolphins, seals and sea lions.

Brighton is known for catering to its tourists. For those interested in sporting activities, tennis courts, golf courses and bowling greens are all readily available. For children, there are paddling pools, playgrounds and numerous activities on the pier. Brighton has an active nightlife with clubs and bars scattered throughout the city.