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 Brighton

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Brighton has had a reputation for its style since regency times, and today it still does not disappoint. There are some many things to see and do especially if you are looking for fun and entertainment. There is plenty to see and do what ever the time of year or weather. However when the weather is sunny and hot the sea front can seem more like Venice beach. With plenty of sports and leisure's in and out of the water.
Shopping is another favourite activity in Brighton with so many different stores and boutiques to explore. If you exhaust yourself with a day of shopping, there are plenty of bars, pubs and café's to revive and refresh, plus plenty of speciality restaurants, over 400 to be precise.
If this all seems too hectic than why not relax with an amble down Brighton Pier or wander through the Pavilion.

 
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 Arts

Gardner Arts Center
Offers over 300 performances a year from music, exhibitions, theatrical plays, comedy and children's theater.
Location: University of Sussex, Brighton
Telephone: 01273 68 58 61

Theatre Royal
Here you can enjoy star entertainment at Brighton's premier pre-West End theatre.
Location: New Road, Brighton
Telephone: 01273 32 84 88

The Brighton Dome
At this central arts venue you can enjoy a mix of events.
Location: 29 New Road, Brighton
Telephone: 01273 70 97 09

The Komedia
This vibrant arts venue offers comedy, cabaret, theater, also brasserie and bars.
Location: Gardner Street, Brighton
Telephone: 01273 64 71 01

Hove Museum and Art Gallery
Location: New Church Road, Hove
Telephone: 01273 29 02 00

Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
Location: Church Street, Brighton
Telephone: 01273 29 09 00

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 Attractions

Sea Life
Experience over 100 marine species as you walk through a tunnel right through the heart of this 800,000-liter tank, and see the natural habitat of shark's seahorses and stingrays.
Opening times: Open daily - 10am-5pm
Location: Marine Parade (Opposite the Palace Pier).
Telephone: 01273 60 42 33

Brighton Palace Pier
Take a stroll down the pier, enjoy the fun-fair, side-stalls, amusements, 3 licensed Bars, Fish & Chips, Free admission and Free Deck Chairs to sit on will you enjoy the sea air.
Opening times: Open every day of the year.
Location: Madeira Drive
Telephone: 01273 60 93 61.

Preston Manor
Explore this manor house for a fun day out.
Opening times: All Year except Good Friday, 25th - 26th of December, and Monday mornings
Location: Preston Drove
Telephone: 01273 29 09 00

Herstmonceux Castle Gardens and Grounds
This 15th Century moated Castle is surrounded by Elizabethan Gardens and 550 acres of woodland. An ideal setting for peace and tranquility.
Opening times: Please telephone to find out opening times.
Location: Take the A27 to Polegate, turn left to Hailsham on the A22, then right onto A271, to Herstmonceux were the Castle is sign posted off.
Telephone: 01323 83 38 16

Regency Town House
Here you can arrange a tour of this superbly restored Regency townhouse in a garden square.
Opening times: Please telephone to find out opening times.
Location: 13 Brunswick Square
Telephone: 01273 20 63 06

Lewes Castle and Barbican House Museum
Enjoy the superb views of the Lewes downlands from this medieval castle, while in the museum learn about Sussex Archaeological discoveries.
Location: 169 High Street, Lewes. Take the A27 from Brighton to Lewes (only 6 miles away).
Telephone: 01273 48 62 90

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 Clubs

The Hungry Years Bar, Nightclub & Restaurant
This is a lively venue offering various rock/international, student nights, and pool tables.
Location: 8-9 Marine Parade
Telephone: 01273 57 00 66

Brighton Boogie Bus
On this bus tour with a difference, you will visit 5 of Brightons top party venues in one night.
Location: Head office- Southpoint House, Paston Place.
Telephone: 01273 67 11 77

The Brighton Nightclub Tour
On this tour you will board a sound system bus with balloons and streamers, visit 4 of Brightons top venues in one night (being transferred between venues). Plus gain VIP entrance to all venues.
Telephone: 01273 69 36 22

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 History

Since regency times Brighton has had a reputation for its fun loving atmosphere as a holiday town. But its rich history pre dates this by far. In the surrounding area you will find many examples of this from the 15th century moated castles, 13th century Abbeys to the 1066 battlefield at Battle Abbey were you can relive one of the most famous days in English history.

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 Leisure

In Brighton you can enjoy a wide variety of activities from kites to watersports.Air Born Kites
Location: 42 Gardner Street
Telephone: 01273 67 67 40Burgess Hill Golf Academy
Location: Cuckfield Road, Burgess Hill
Telephone: 01444 2225 85 85East Brighton Golf Club
Offers a warm welcome to visitors.
Location: Roedean Road
Telephone: 01273 60 48 38Hove Lagoon Watersports
Location: Kingsway, Hove
Telephone: 01273 42 48 42Prince Regent Swimming Complex
Location: Church Street
Telephone: 01273 68 56 92Sunhire Watersports Rental
Location: Church Street
Telephone: 01273 32 31 60

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 Pubs

The George
This pub offers the best Vegan, and Vegetarian food at very competitive prices.
Location: 5 Trafalgar Street
Telephone: 01273 68 10 55

Lands End
This is a delightful modern café bar with an excellent drink and food menu.
Location: 55 Meeting House Lane
Telephone: 01273 729 729

Yates Wine Lodge
Location: Academy House, 59 West Street
Telephone: 01273 73 11 17

The Lion and Lobster
Location: 24 Sillwood Street
Telephone: 01273 77 69 61

Hand in Hand Kemp Town Brewery
This traditional English pub has its own brewery with a selection of fine ales to sample, it also serves hot food.
Location: 33 Upper St James Street
Telephone: 01273 60 25 21

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 Restaurants


Chinese

Sun Bo Seng Chinese Restaurant
Location: 70 East Street
Telephone: 01273 323 108


Italian

La Piazza
Location: 70 Church Road
Telephone: 01273 771 739

Piccolo
Location: 56 Ship Street
Telephone: 01273 203 701

Leonardo
Location: 55 Church Street
Telephone: 01273 328 888

Mamma Mia
Location: 68 Preston Street
Telephone: 01273 326 823


Japanese

Sapporo
Location: 40 Preston Street
Telephone: 01273 777 880


Mexican

Los Amigo's
Location: 60 Church Road
Telephone: 01273 778 777


Seafood

Regency Restaurant
Location: 131 Kings Road
Telephone: 01273 325 014

The Mosaic Restaurant
Location: 122 Kings Road
Telephone: 01273 326 037

Wheelers of St James
Location: 16 Market Street
Telephone: 01273 325 135


Thai

Thai Bycee Restaurant
Location: 73a Western Road
Telephone: 01273 324 878

Thai Spice Market
Location: 13 Boyces Street
Telephone: 01273 325 195


Vegetarian

Terre a Terre
Highly recommended, award winning food and organic wine.
Location: 71 East Street
Telephone: 01273 729 051

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 Shopping

There is so much to see and do in Brighton when shopping, here you can get anything from high street names, major stores, one of shops, boutiques, hand made crafts, tribal textiles. There is everything from the modern Brighton Marina Village to Dickensian bustling criss-cross streets, to Nepalese slippers to Vegetarian shoes.

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 Transport


Air

There are direct rail links between Brighton and Heathrow Airport (90 minutes by train) and Gatwick Airport (30 minutes by train). There is also direct coach service to both the airports.


Bicycle

There are cycle routs along the seafront Victoria Gardens and Lewes Road. There are more cycle routs being built throughout the city to form a network of cycle lanes. There are cycle racks situated throughout the city. It is also possible to hire bikes all year round.


Bus

There is a good local bus service with plenty of stops and easy color - coded for different routs. There is only one fare whatever the distance. With special bus lanes, this is an effective way to move around the town.
Telephone: 01273 88 62 00


Car

Brighton offers a fast and Frequent Park and Ride. This is the best way to arrive at the town center if you have journeyed to it by car. This facilities allows you to park your car for free, then take the short journey right into the heart of Brighton at a small cost. This is a hassle free way to travel to the center, without the stress of finding places to park. (There is free parking for Disabled yellow badge holders in these City Council car parks, and on-street pay and display areas). The buses run every 12 minutes, Monday - Saturday. The return fare is only 1.20 with up to two children free.
Location: The Park & Ride is sign posted from the A23 and A27, and is situated on the outskirts at Withdean Stadium.
Telephone: 01273 29 24 80


Coach

National Express Coach services have a wide U.K. service. For pick up points and destinations, and run regularly from London Victoria to Brighton.
Telephone: National Express - 0990 80 80 80


Rail

Brighton and Hove have four railway stations, Brighton Railway Station, Hove Railway Station, London Road Railway Station, and Preston Park Railway Station the last two being situated just outside the center. There are direct train services to Brighton and Hove from all over the U.K. with good connections if there is no direct train.
National Rail Enquiery Telephone: 0345 48 49 50

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