Major Landmarks of Brighton
Brighton is situated on the south coast of England and a major destination for day trippers from the London area. The London to Brighton bike ride is a popular charity cycle ride which has taken place for decades and the route is based on the veteran car race which started in 1927.
Visitors to Brighton and Hove will find the bracing sea air and beauty of this Regency gem of a town appealing. It’s a city they will want to visit again and again, which is hardly surprising given the thriving retail sector and plethora of dining and cultural activities available in the city centre, coupled with the beauty of some of the Regency buildings and landmarks of Brighton.
Visits to Brighton became popular with the British aristocratic society and middle classes from around 1815, when George IV, the Prince Regent, began renovating his unique seaside palace in the town. The Royal Pavilion was transformed into a lavish Oriental-style palace and has become one of the most recognizable features of Brighton, renowned around the world. This unique building is stark white in colour and features a variety of turrets and minarets. The Pavilion is now a popular tourist attraction and museum, with extensive manicured grounds which are also popular with visitors to the Brighton and Hove area. Brighton Dome is a popular entertainments’ venue which is part of the Royal Pavilion and now dedicated to hosting live music and theatrical entertainments and conferences.
The Prince Regent’s patronage had a tremendous effect on Brighton, the small town became wealthy and grew in size considerably from the 1780s, when he first took up residence. The elegant Regency villas and homes of the town date back to this period and are a charming landmark and feature of Brighton’s place in history. Two large estates featuring the kind of Regency homes characteristic of this period are Kemp Town and Brunswick in Hove.
Brighton Marina is also popular with sightseers and tourists to Brighton. This scenic attraction is home to a number of amazing yachts and boats, while featuring an array of specialist waterfront shops, restaurants and entertainments venues.
The Victorian pier in Brighton features a typical array of seaside attractions including funfair rides and fairground attractions and a gaming outlet. Visitors will enjoy sitting on Brighton Pier on a sunny day, relaxing in sea breezes while looking around at the Victorian decor and extravagances on display in this location.
Brighton Wheel is the town’s equivalent of the London Eye and situated close to the Pier on the seafront. The Wheel is 45 meters in diameter and voyagers enjoy a ride lasting three turns of the wheel which takes around 12 minutes. Voyagers will enjoy spectacular views of the coastline and all the scenic landmarks and features of the beautiful Brighton architecture. The Wheel features 36 glass pods which hold up to six adults and two kids. The glass pods are fully enclosed and a commentary detailing some of the history of Brighton is included.