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The Beauty of Brighton
Brighton is famed as a scenic seaside town, yet a visit promises so much more than a refreshing dip in the sea or romantic walk by the seashore. Brighton is flush with a lively ambiance that must be experienced to be believed, and boasts countless attractions, including stunning architecture, verdant parks, gorgeous spas and so much more. A choice spot for singletons and families alike, Brighton has all it takes to offer you a holiday to be remembered. These are just a few reasons why for your next holiday, it’s got to be Brighton:
The sights: Some must-see sights include the majestic seaside palace of the Prince Regent George IV, transformed in the early 19th century by John Nash and boasting priceless works of art and a stunning silver-gilt display. For a knockout view of the carefully manicured gardens, head for the Royal Pavilion Tearoom and enjoy a warm cuppa and lovely sandwiches, cakes and scones. Preston Manor, home to the Stanford family for over 200 years and boasting stunning exponents of Edwardian furniture, is another site not to be missed though of course, simply walking through the town will reveal stunning exponents of Regency elegance; head for the lively district of Montpelier or simply contemplate the beauty of numerous squares and crescents.
The Sea Life: Brighton is home to an aquarium with a difference: Sea Life Centre, boasting original Victorian architecture and a colourful underwater world with a plethora of fish, turtles and more. Hop aboard the UK’s first glass bottom boat, touch crabs and starfish and enjoy a fun rainforest adventure, getting as close as you can to the world’s largest snake species!
The Art: Indulge your penchant for all things beautiful at Brighton Museum, where you will come face-to-face with an array of dynamic galleries focussing on 20th century art and design, fine art and interactive exhibitions kids love taking part in! The Hove Museum & Art Gallery, meanwhile, is particularly appealing to kids, with its very own wizard’s workshop for broken toys, bedroom split by time, and craft gallery featuring key craft whizzes of the 20th century.
Getting Close to Nature: For many travellers, a holiday isn’t relaxing unless they get a chance to unwind in the Great Outdoors. Enjoy a romantic picnic at the Royal Pavilion Gardens, with its scenic duck pond, or the elegant Queens Park, with its famed Victorian Clock Tower. If you’re up for something more adventurous, there are a host of adrenalin-filled experiences for you, including power boat riding, helicopter rides and sailing activities. If you are indulging in a high risk sport make sure you're covered. Otherwise, opt for more chilled activities like tennis, bowls, cycling, or swimming.
Of course, no visit to Brighton would be complete without at least an afternoon lying on the toasty seaside. Make sure to sample the local gastronomic fare as well. There are an array of traditional English restaurants, though you will also find food from all nations. Spain, China, France, India, Italy, Japan, and just about any country you can think of! Wine buffs should also visit Albourne estate, a boutique producer of unique, award-winning single estate English white and sparkling wines.