Brighton has been a popular resort for visitors for over 150 years. Its wealth of attractions, from classical buildings to modern entertainment facilities, all set beside Brightons famous pebble beach means theres something for every taste.
The easy route from the capital has given Brighton the nickname London-by-Sea, although its distinctive character makes it a unique seaside city. Its close proximity to Londons second largest airport, Gatwick, means its a quick train, car or coach journey from one of Gatwicks hotels and is popular with British and overseas tourists.
Youll probably be familiar with Brightons Palace Pier from its many appearances on screen. If youve seen TV programmes like Doctor Who, Midsomer Murders, Sugar Rush or The Persuaders then chances are youve spotted the iconic pier. It also famously appeared in the film Quadrophenia and more recently in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
The panoramic sea views provided by the Pier are just one reason why its so popular. Traditional British seaside pleasures like fish and chips, fairground rides and amusement arcades provide hours of family fun.
One of Brightons most famous buildings is the Royal Pavilion, and its one of the best reasons to take advantage of one of the cheap hotels nearby. Like the Pier, its one of over 1,200 listed buildings in Brighton. This distinctive landmark was designed by John Nash, the architect of Buckingham Palace, for George IV and reflects the Kings love of opulence, indulgence and exotic Indian design. Surrounded by the beautifully landscaped Regency Gardens, the scenery is breathtaking both inside and out.
Hundreds of boutiques and antique shops line the maze of streets by the Pavilion, known as Brighton Lanes. In this historic quarter youll find everything from jewellery to contemporary fashion. If youre after bargains then the picturesque Marina has an outlet shopping centre, offering up to 50% off the latest fashions and homeware.
Theres a vast array of traditional and unusual charms to explore in Brighton. With so much on offer, no two days are ever the same. The architectural beauty of Brightons Regency squares and crescents is complemented by modern treats.
The friendly city is alive at night with clubs, quaint pubs, seafront restaurants and artistic venues. After the sun goes down, the beach stays vibrant with an open air cinema and live music. Whichever Gatwick hotel you choose, youll be in easy reach to enjoy the quirky charms, historic heritage and contemporary fun of Brighton and Hove.