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    The city of Brighton is one of England's most exciting seaside destinations. Renowned for its cosmopolitan characters, diverse entertainment venues, and great nightlife, local and international tourists flock to this city at every chance they get, be it for a long weekend or a summer vacation.

    Brighton remains one of the most popular day trip destinations from London for foreign visitors. In fact, Brighton Pier is the most popular tourist destination in the UK outside of London. The stripy deckchairs on the iconic Brighton Pier have become an instantly recognisable image of the English seaside.

    Brighton's modern atmosphere is strongly contrasted by some of its older Regency and Victorian architecture. The charming village lanes are home to numerous cafes, antique shops, and jewellery stores, while not far away the Palace Pier stretches out over the lapping waves of the sea. The lights and music from its funfair and amusement arcades lure vast and raucous crowds.

    During the summer, the pebbled Brighton Beach and its waterfront bars and clubs become fun and vibrant, with locals and vacationers alike throwing all caution to the wind and revelling in the laidback, summery atmosphere. This festive nature extends to big events such as the Brighton Festival and the Pride Summer Festival Week.

    Getting around in Brighton is easy as excellent rail connections to other UK destinations. There is an excellent network of frequent bus services for getting around the city, and taxis are also available 24 hours a day. Cycle lanes throughout Brighton and Hove make cycling a quick and safe travel option. Mobile app based taxi services, like Uber, are also available.

    Brighton Lanes

    The Lanes is a lively neighborhood that hosts a variety of upmarket restaurants and quirky shops, with everything from antiques and jewellery to fortune-telling on offer. Wander lazily through the winding streets and relax at one of the numerous cafes while enjoying a cappuccino and a live jazz performance. The Old Police Cells Museum, in the Town Hall's basement, offers free tours of a 200-year-old underground jail, and by night The Lanes takes on a more ghoulish character, with the famous Ghost Walk being offered for the brave and drinks at a haunted pub for survivors!

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    Brighton Palace Pier

    As you step foot onto Brighton's Palace Pier, you are overwhelmed by the sound of repetitive arcade music and the inviting scent of popcorn or fried fish. A row of stalls selling fast-food, toys, and souvenirs leads visitors towards the arcade, which is filled with an assortment of gaming machines and a couple more eateries. This opens out onto the funfair section at the end of the pier, where a number of rides attracts quite the crowd, including a ghost train, bumper cars, and a lovely carousel. A great place for both young and old to spend the day, Brighton Pier is also a wonderful spot to set up one of the iconic striped deck chairs and just take in the view and soak up the atmosphere.

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    Royal Pavilion

    The Royal Pavilion was built in stages between 1787 and 1823 as a pleasure palace for British royalty and remains one of Brighton and Hove's chief tourist attractions. The interior of the Royal Pavilion is extraordinary in its combination of exotic Asian and quintessentially Brittish design. Classic furnishings belonging to Queen Elizabeth II stand beside fierce gilded dragons and imitation bamboo staircases, while the Music Room and the Great Kitchen are also truly impressive sights. The gardens are reminiscent of revolutionary 1730s landscaping, with curving paths between natural groups of trees and beautiful views afforded at every turn. Allow at least two hours to explore the palace and its noteworthy collections.

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    Brighton has a temperate, fairly mild climate. The weather is quite unpredictable, as with the rest of the UK, but generally winters are cold and wet, and summers are comfortably warm with frequent showers. July and August are the warmest months, while January and February are the coldest. Temperatures do not usually drop below 32°F (0°C) in winter. The best times to visit Brighton are spring (May and June) and autumn (September and October). Summer is wonderful in many ways and is the peak travel season, but the beaches can become very crowded.

    Brighton is blessed with a proliferation of ornate Regency architecture, and buildings like the Royal Pavilion are must-see tourist attractions, but in truth visitors generally come for the shopping, nightlife, and beaches more than they do for sightseeing. The Brighton Palace Pier is packed with holiday attractions like a funfair, fast food stalls, and a game arcade, and the beachfront is central to touristic stays in Brighton.

    Mention shopping in Brighton and the first thing that springs to mind is The Lanes. And for good reason - the Lanes have been operational in Brighton since the 17th century and today host an assortment of boutiques, antique shops, jewellers, and book stores, as well as a few cafes and pubs. Here visitors can find anything from kites, tribal textiles, and hand-made crafts, to vintage shoes or funky fashion accessories.

    If the weather is bad, head for one of the delightful retro pubs and tea rooms that are strewn around Brighton. Those wanting a slight change of scene should head to neighbouring Kemp Town, a charming village with the same Regency appeal of Brighton and plenty of lovely shopping opportunities.

    The nightlife in Brighton and Hove is exceptional. This exciting seaside escape, only an hour from London, is a vibrant social hub year-round. With plenty of great restaurants, cafes, bars, and clubs, the party just keeps on rolling; many of Brighton's chief attractions only come to life after dark.

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