Brighton is located on the South Coast of England and Great Britain. Brighton & Hove is a City and unitary authority formed from the surrounding towns of Brighton, Hove, Portslade, Rottingdean, Ovingdean, Brighton Marina Village, Aldrington, Hangleton, and other village. Remaining part of the ceremonial county of East Sussex, Brighon and Hove was formerly part of the non-metropolitan county of East Sussex.
“Brighthelmstone” as historically recorded dates back to before the Domesday Book of 1086.
In the 18th century Brighton rose in popularity as a bathing town. The sea baths were attractions of the times as an early health resort.The Prince Regent favoured Brighton as a seaside holiday home. Day-trippers flocked to Brighton from London when the railway way completed in 1841.
As a result of this popularity, tourism and accompanying economic growth the population of Brighton exceeded 160,000 by 1961. Since 1961 Brighton had continued to grow and the surrounding town have so too. Approximately half a million people now inhabit the seaside towns of Sussex which stretch from Brighton through Worthing and down to Littlehampton.
Brighton continues to enjoy popularity amongst tourists, both domestic and international. Each year the Pier receives over 4.5 million visits and “Brighton Rock” is sold for miles along the seafront. Lovingly referred to as London’s beach the cold water and shingle beach do not deter tourists who year after year rank Brighton in the top 10 of places in Britain to visit. Other attractions in Brighton are the Big wheel that over looks the pier, the beautiful Royal Pavilion, The ever popular football team and their new ground and of course the shops. Brighton also boasts large club scene and is reknowned for its night life. Throughout the summer there are many festivals in Preston Park.
Brighton has a large gay community and closes streets throughout the city once a year to celebrate Gay Pride.