Holidays in Brighton are popular with not only people in the United Kingdom but those visitors from around the world also. Perched on the south coast of England, this town is one of the biggest of all the settlements to be located by the sea in the UK.
The town originally known as Brighthelmston dates back to well before the Domesday Book of 1086. That said, the town’s significance as a health spa only came to the fore in the 18th Century. It became even more popular with visitors thinking about spending a day by the seaside as the railway came to it in 1841. This is a place where many of the aristocracy of the 18th and 19th Centuries would spend time together.
Actually, when you look back in history during the 1500’s Brighton was only a tiny fishing village and only had 1,500 inhabitants in small cottages. There are still examples of these buildings which you can find in The Lanes. The 1600’s saw quite a large change because Dr Richard Russell from the nearby town of Lewes started to extol the virtues of using seawater for treating glandular diseases.
After 1750 the town started to fill with visitors who wanted to test the sea water to see if it really could help them. The town also became popular after members of the Royal Family decided to try the waters and also bathe in the sea.
Nowadays, Brighton sees over eight million people a year visit and they enjoy everything that this coastal town has to offer. Hotels in Brighton itself ranges from luxury (expensive) hotels to mid priced ones. Plus there are plenty of great little guest houses and bed & breakfasts which offer you a much more friendly and personal touch.
Once in Brighton there is plenty for you to see and do from wandering the local streets. Plus a walk along the promenade and the unmissable Palace Pier and Royal Pavilion both of which normally end up on your tourist agenda. Certainly, the Royal Pavilion is something that should not be missed.
Called a folly this building was created by the Prince of Wales who was later crowned George IV. He was well known for his flamboyancy and eccentric ways but the building that he created is still standing as a memory of a bygone era although Brighton has long since surrendered to the influx of tourists.
Along with the more traditional attractions, you’d expect to see in a prestigious UK seaside resort, Brighton is also host to a myriad of cultural events each year as well. Of course, you’ll still find the amusement arcades plus souvenir shops but look further and you’re bound to find all sorts of other delights that help people come back to this town.
When it comes to holidays in Brighton you’ll be pleasantly surprised at all the different things to see and do here.
Check out this list of Brighton accommodation.