Places to Visit
Experience the beautiful heritage of the Royal Pavilion and Preston Manor, indulge in the cheeky seaside fun of Brighton Pier and the Seafront or indulge your cultural side, by visiting Brighton & Hove Museum and Art Gallery. If you’d like to get away from the bustle, Brighton & Hove is surrounded by the South Downs – a vast rolling landscape of hills and woodland on our very doorstep!
The old Brighton Lanes are an intricate maze of twisting alleyways and ‘twittens’ between the eighteenth century Pavilion and the original fishing-quarter at the beach. The Lanes offers an extraordinary mix of savvy commerce, history and heritage, which lingers amidst the antiques, jewellery, boutique fashion, cafés and design shops.
For a taste of high-street shopping, Brighton’s Churchill Square sits practically alongside The Lanes, and has over 80 big name stores under one glass-domed roof.
There’s a huge range of entertainment venues, every night is show night in Brighton! The city’s music venues, concert halls, nightclubs, theatres and comedy clubs burst into action with some of the best entertainment in the business. With great music at the Brighton Dome and Brighton Centre, top shows at the Theatre Royal, comedy at the Komedia and not forgetting the liveliest nightclubs on the south coast, there really is something for everyone.
The Royal Pavilion: An extraordinary and extravagant pleasure palace! Built for the Prince Regent, later King George IV, in stages between 1787 and 1823, the Royal Pavilion is remarkable for its exotic oriental appearance both inside and out. This magnificent royal pleasure palace was revered by fashionable Regency society and is still a distinctive landmark for vibrant Brighton & Hove today. The Royal Pavilion is also home to some of the finest collections and examples of the chinoiserie style in Britain.
Brighton & Hove’s Museums & Art Galleries: Set in the heart of the city’s cultural quarter, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery is located in the Royal Pavilion gardens. Its rich collections and exciting exhibits are dynamically displayed in stimulating surroundings. Entrance is free.
Preston Manor: A charming historic house on the outskirts of Brighton & Hove. Decorated and furnished in Edwardian style with elegant ‘upstairs’ reception rooms and bedrooms and ‘downstairs’ kitchens and servants’ rooms.
The Theatre Royal: This important grade II listed building is one of the oldest working theatres in the country with an exquisite example of a regency auditorium.
Komedia: Comedy, Music and Cabaret
The Brighton Pier: A Victorian pier with various food and drink outlets, fairground attractions and Palace of Fun arcade.
The South Downs: Recognised as an area of outstanding beauty, the South Downs is also home to a multitude of vibrant working communities steeped in history and traditional English culture, from the ancient cathedral city of Winchester in the west to the bustling market town of Lewes in the east.
Brighton & Hove Bus Company: In the public transport business since running horse buses in the 1880s and now they have one of the most modern fleets of state-of-the-art vehicles.