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About Brighton

Brighton was originally a fishing village called Brighthelmstone, so it remained until the mid 18th century when it's relatively close proximity to London (52 miles from the centre) attracted the cities glamorous and wealthy to partake in the restorative properties of the sea and fresh air. By the 1780's major developments had begun such as the Georgian terraces and the Royal Pavillion and in this period the town became known as Brighton.

The railway arrived in 1841 which brought Brighton within the reach of day trippers from London as a result the town further expanded. Major development occurred in the Victorian era this included building of the Grand Hotel in 1864, the West Pier in 1866 and the Palace Pier in 1899. By 1901 the cities population had grown to over 120,000.

Reaching a peak of over 160,000 by 1961. Modern Brighton forms part of the Brighton/Worthing/Littlehampton conurbation stretching along the coast, with a population of around 480,000.

Brighton now boasts many attractions the Royal Pavilion, Grand Hotel Palace Pier and the West Pier remain major landmarks with the relatively recent addition of one of Europe's largest Marinas. The sea front has restaurants bars and night clubs, part of the beach itself is designated a nudist area.

In May the City hosts the Brighton Festival which is one of Britain’s largest art festivals the Brighton Fringe Festival runs at the same time as the Brighton Festival and is regarded as the second largest such event in the world. There are many other festivals throughout the year including The Great Escape, Paddle round the Pier ,Brighton Live and Brighton Pride.

Brighton pride is the premier event for the gay, Lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. A community for which the Brighton has become known as “The Gay Capital of Britain”.

The city of Brighton & Hove has approximately 80 schools 2 universities and a medical school

Notable buildings in Brighton include Brighton Pier, St Nicholas Church, The Grand Hotel and the Royal Pavilion. The Royal Pavilion is a former royal palace built as a home for the Prince Regent during the early 19th century, under the direction of the architect John Nash. The grand hotel was constructed in 1864 and was the scene of the 1984 Brighton Hotel Bombing.

Brighton Pier (known as the Palace Pier) opened in 1899. It features a funfair, restaurants and arcade halls. Volk's Electric Railway runs along the foreshore from Brighton Pier to Black Rock and the Marina and is the oldest operating electric railway in the world. The West Pier was built in 1866 it has been closed since 1975 awaiting renovation.

Brighton & Hove Albion is the city's professional football team. Brighton and Hove is also home to the Sussex County Cricket Club based on Eaton Road in Hove. Brighton is also the home of one of the oldest Rugby Clubs in England; Brighton Football Club (RFU). Yachting clubs and other boating activities run from Brighton Marina.

Brighton museums include Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Booth Museum of Natural History, Brighton Toy and Model Museum, and Brighton Fishing Museum. The Royal Pavilion is also open to the public, serving as a museum to the British Regency.

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