From left to right: Photo 1 © VisitBritain Brighton Pavilion, Simon Anderson - Photo 4 © Light Trick Photography

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Brighton & Hove

Brighton & Hove is a cosmopolitan, vibrant and energetic city by the sea. One hour from London and surrounded by the South Downs National Park, it is an inspiring place. The city has an internationally recognised cultural offer and is a hotspot for creative talent and innovation. Known for its visitor economy, other sectors include digital, financial and professional services, advanced engineering, health and life sciences.

From the annual Brighton Festival and Fringe, iconic Royal Pavilion and premier league football team to the UNESCO-recognised coast and countryside, high quality food and drink and thriving music scene, Brighton & Hove is a place that can’t be found anywhere else in the UK. There’s elegant 18th and 19th century architecture, museums and galleries, great shopping, stylish cafés, bars and restaurants, glittering nightlife, arts and theatre and all the fun of the seaside. The city’s Royal Pavilion captures the sense of adventurous creativity. With its Indian domes and oriental interiors, King George IV’s seaside fantasy palace is one of the most extraordinary in Europe.

Visitors enjoy the amusements of the Palace Pier, one of the most popular attractions in the south east. They stroll along the vibrant beachfront, the Artists’ and Fishing Quarters framing the sea views. The city is made for walking, with the narrow alleys of 17th century lanes, a maze of smart shops selling antiques and jewellery, and the North Laine, full of unusual independent shops. Parks and gardens thread through the city which is part of The Living Coast Biosphere Region. The nightlife is relaxed with stylish bars, traditional pubs and the biggest selection of restaurants in the UK outside London.

Arts play a major part in city life – every May the Brighton Festival, England’s largest international arts festival, attracts thousands of people to hundreds of events. The city is known for its live music and performing arts culture. The city’s museums are treasure houses of inspiring objects from all eras and cultures. Visitors appreciate the Sea Life where they can marvel as giant turtles and sharks swim above them. A flight on the 162m British Airways i360 observation tower is a must to see stunning views of Brighton & Hove and the beautiful South Downs countryside.

Brighton & Hove is an inspiring place to live, work and visit. With its two universities the city is channelling its youthful curiosity and creative spirit into making a sustainable, safer and fairer future for all.

Cllr Phélim Mac Cafferty Leader of the Council
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Brighton Pier - © Adam Bronkhorst
The Lanes Shopping - © Adam Bronkhorst
Paddle round the Pier
Children Parade
View over the west Sussex downs in sunlight
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