Saturday, 19 July 2014

#132: Visit Brighton Pier

According to VisitEngland, Brighton is one of England's most attractive cities, some eight million annual visitors come for the liberal, funky and welcoming vibe, sea air, and sweet sticks of rock. The English seaside town has long been associated with quirky, funny and sometimes saucy weekend visits and none come more risqué, entertaining or as juicy as East Sussex’s veritable melting pot of fun.
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History and Heritage
Prince Regent George (later King George IV) put the sleepy, fishing village of Brighton on the map when he commissioned the Indian-inspired Royal Pavilion as the ultimate weekend pad in the late 1700s. But it was the Victorian period when the town really boomed, helped in 1851 by the train link to London. Queen Victoria herself shunned the town (preferring the quieter Isle of Wight), but her subjects couldn't get enough of the fresh air and quirky goings on, and the Palace Pier , Regency squares & Georgian terraces (and some B&Bs) have changed little since.
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Must See Attractions
Fish and chips and a few goes on the amusement stalls of the Palace Pier are usually top of the list for day-trippers, followed closely by a meander around The Lanes or the North Laine area. Thousands of starlings (and as many photographers) flock to the iconic, but sadly decrepit West Pier, for some of the best sunset views in Britain. 

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