Prince George IV of Hanover was so impressed by that place that he decided to build a palace in the very heart of it. He could rest here, enjoying the sea breeze and the beauty of numerous parks. What city is that? It’s Brighton, the summer capital of England.
Great Britain is a lot more than just the sky covered with clouds, rain or phlegmatic Englishmen. It can surprise tourists with towns full of lush greenery and beautiful sights, and one of such is Brighton, considered to be the most popular tourist resort in the country.
The greatest strengths of the town include its relatively close proximity to London. Brighton is situated in East Sussex, near the English Channel. Because of the location, it may be referred to as the summer capital of England or "the seaside London".
Well in blue and green
In Brighton, no one will feel the crowd typical for large cities. Brighton owes its charm to the blend of historic architecture with modern buildings, hotels, restaurants and shops. On the south extends the sea, while on the north - fields of South Downs and forests. People seeking for peace and contact with nature will find it easily in one of the many gardens and parks.
You can also relax on Hove Lawns, a kilometer-long green belt stretching along the coast. Residents are strolling here, enjoying the sun and beautiful views, playing volleyball and football, flying kites and having family picnics.
Those, who like to spend their holidays more actively, sooner or later will find themselves in the largest marina of the British Isles - Brighton Marina. It may berth 1 300 boats, and its surface covers 126 hectares. In the port you can take diving and sailing lessons, as well as rent a charter yacht. There’s also a fitness center, 26-lane bowling alley and a cinema with 8 screens.
The most extravagant English monument
A real pride of the city is the Royal Pavilion, a royal residence with the dome in the main hall. The building is huge and beautiful, and its interior arouses associations with fabulously colorful and dripping richness of Bollywood films. The style in which this impressive building was designed is referred to as indo-saracenic. In the residence you will find chandeliers in the shape of trees and images of dragons on the ceilings, while the exterior facade impresses with a multitude of columns, turrets and domes.
Near the residence there’s a building called the Dome. Currently it houses the Museum and Art Gallery, and among its exhibits you can find glass and furniture from Asia, Africa and both Americas. Visitors to the museum can see large exhibits of art deco and art nouveau, pottery collections, as well as the famous sofa in the shape of Mae West’s lips by Salvador Dali.
At the end of the nineteenth century, Brighton Pier was built near the residence, with a length of 524 m. In the immediate vicinity is located the world's oldest aquarium. Sea enthusiasts will be delighted with another attraction as well – Great Britain’s longest underwater tunnel observation. During the walk, we can watch sharks, rays and other creatures of the marine fauna.
A stroll in Sussex
For visitors to the county of Sussex, Brighton can be a great starting point for other resorts in the region. Tourists, who would like to come with a motorhome, can stay in The Brighton Caravan Club Site. It’s located in the city, and the cost of accommodation for an adult ranges from 6,10 to 8,20 pounds. The position for motorhome costs from 6,20 to 10,40 pounds/day.
After the rest, you can set off for the meeting with other interesting places, such as The Old Punch Bowl, which is a medieval house in Crawley. Driving through the countryside, you can also pay a visit to Arundel and see the magnificent cathedral, the old merchants' houses or medieval castle. It’s also worth to visit the nature reserve Arundel Wetland Centre and breathe a fresh, clean air.