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  • 1 Royal Pavilion Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This incredible, Oriental confection in stucco and stone reflects the brilliant personality of George, Prince of Wales (1762-1811), later to become King George IV. A year after his clandestine marriage to the young Roman Catholic commoner, Mrs. Fitzh..

  • 2 Sea Front Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Madeira Drive

    Of the architectural compositions along the seafront, Brunswick Square (1825-1827) is the most distinguished, with its stucco, bow-windows, Classical details and elegantly worked ironwork; the oldest is Royal Crescent and the grandest, Lewes Crescent..

  • 3 The North Lanes Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    40 Upper Gardner St

    A true fleamarket composed of shops selling all manner of items. Some of the window displays are works of art in their own right. Shoppers and market stalls give these streets a light and cheerful bohemian air.

  • 4 The Lanes Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Brighton Square

    A veritable maze of tiny, busy streets in the old part of the town, lined with numerous boutiques and antique shops, the heart of which is Brighton Square.

  • 5 St Bartholomew's Interesting

    Religious buildings

    st. Ann

    Of Brighton's many Victorian churches, this large edifice (1872-1874) is outstanding. The sublime simplicity of the patterned brick walls supporting a nave 41 m high contrasts with the rich interior decoration (Lady Altar, main altarpiece, giant cand..

  • 6 Preston Manor

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Preston Drove

    The Stanford family had extensive landholdings around Preston Manor which they refused to relinquish, blocking the expansion of Brighton in the 19C. The original manor was remodelled, furnished and decorated in the early 20C in the style preferred by..

  • 7 Booth Museum of Natural History

    Museums and art

    194 rd. Dyke

    The Booth Museum of Natural History was founded in 1874 to display pioneering dioramas of stuffed birds in naturalistic settings. Today, with over 600,000 specimens (zoological, geological and botanical) in its collections, it is the country's larges..

  • 8 Devil's Dyke

    Nature and gardens

    rd. Devil's Dyke

    The steep north-facing scarp of the South Downs is followed by a hiking trail, the South Downs Way, which is pleasant and peaceful after the bustle of Brighton. It affords magnificent views of the surrounding woods and villages. Devil's Dyke is a dee..

  • 9 Art Gallery and Museum

    Museums and art

    Royal Pavilion Gardens

    In addition to its local history collection, the museum has Dutch and English paintings, china, pottery and a gallery devoted to ethnography and fashion. Once the Royal Pavilion stables, the building also has a well-presented display of 20C decorativ..

  • 10 The Piers

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Madeira Drive

    The sea front promenade is supported by huge brick arches and a series of ramps and steps lead down to the beach. A wealth of light-hearted detail, from splendid decorative ironwork to delightful bandstands and shelters, sets the holiday mood which e..

  • 11 Sea Life Centre

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Marine Parade

    An original Victorian arched aquarium, the world's largest when it was inaugurated in 1872, the centre offers a variety of ways to observe marine life at close quarters: tropical and freshwater fish, rays that will feed from your hand and the "K..

  • 12 Volks Railway

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The pioneering electric Volks Railway built in 1833 runs eastward along the foot of the chalk cliffs to the somewhat remote modern marina which, with its 2 000 moorings, is one of the largest pleasure-boat harbours in Europe.

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