Flights to Brighton
The city of Brighton and Hove was formed in the year 2000 when the two neighbouring towns of Brighton, and Hove decided to merge together to form one city. Brighton was already one of the UK’s most popular seaside towns, and now together they offer plenty of different attractions for the visitor.
The closest airport for flights to Brighton and Hove is the Shoreham Airport (airport code: ESH) but they only handle general aviation. So international flights to Brighton and Hove should arrive at London’s Gatwick Airport (code: LGW). It’s only about an hour’s drive from London to Brighton and Hove, or you can catch a train. To Gatwick, you can get a 1-stop flight from South Africa with a connection in Dubai with either Emirates Airlines or with South African Airways. Your other option is with KLM, and that makes a transfer in Amsterdam.
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The Tourist Attractions of Brighton:
Located in the county of East Sussex on the south coast of England, Brighton and Hove is a typical British seaside town that features beaches, piers, amusements, plenty of shopping, and culture. Brighton and Hove is one of the most popular seaside resort towns in the UK and over the past decades it’s become a very youthful place, attracting the young and quite a bohemian crowd, adding to its reputation as a fun place to visit.
Aside from the obvious beaches, which can get very packed especially on hot weekends in the summer, there are numerous things to see and do in Brighton and Hove. Here are just a few of the most popular attractions:
The Brighton Royal Pavilion
One of the best known landmarks in Brighton and Hove is the Royal Pavilion. This was formerly a royal residence and construction began in 1787 as a seaside home for George, Prince of Wales. The beautiful building features Indo-Saracenic architecture giving it an almost Taj Mahal-like appearance and very exquisite internal decorations too.
The Royal Pavilion was bought from Queen Victoria in 1850 and has been owned by the town ever since. It’s Brighton and Hove’s main tourist attraction today as it’s visited by about 400,000 people every year.
Officially named the Brighton Marine Palace and Pier, Brighton Pier is another of the city’s top attractions. It was opened in 1899 and spans a length of 524 metres. It’s always been a popular attraction whether simply for walking, amusements or entertainment.
Close by to the pier is Brighton and Hove’s Sea Life Centre, which is said to be the oldest working aquarium in the world.
The Lanes and North Laine
Brighton and Hove is a great place for shopping as there are all sorts of different shopping opportunities here. The Lanes is one of the older parts of the city. This aptly named area is made up of a maze of narrow lanes that are lined with shops including jewellers, antiques and more.
Sometimes wrongly thought of as part of The Lanes, North Laine is actually separate and has become famous as the most bohemian part of Brighton and Hove and the city’s cultural quarter. As such it’s lined with many cafés, pubs and restaurants, as well as theatres and museums.
When Should You Visit?:
Being on the southern coast of England, Brighton and Hove experiences some of the UK’s best weather. During the summer you can expect warm temperatures and generally dry and sunny weather with rainy spells. There’s usually a breeze coming off the sea so this stops it from getting overly hot. Winters are mild and wetter.