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Quaint narrow alleys and cobbled streets is this historic part of Brighton. The Lanes is a popular visit for locals and visitors alike. You can wander, window-shop and watch the buskers, enjoy a meal in one of the many bistros, cafes and restaurants, or have a drink in one of the excellent pubs in the area. It is also famous for its antiques and jewelry shops, as well as a number of fashionable clothes shops.
With a history as vibrant as its structure itself, the Royal Pavilion is a breathtaking site exuding opulence, and is one of England's most prized possessions. Having once been a leisure palace which housed George IV, the Pavilion is a magnificent canopy of Regency style fused with marvellous influences of Asian architecture. It boasts a striking facade complete with gleaming domes and minarets which give way to highly-decorated rooms adorned with luminescent chandeliers, plush furnishings, and decorative art. Having undergone a major facelift, the palace and its interiors now shine proudly in all their resplendent glory. Further augmented by a tearoom and a lovely expanse of gardens crafted in Regency style, the Royal Pavilion offers a glimpse of the architectural legacy of Asia, right in the heart of Brighton.
This unique tribute to the days when the town was a small fishing village known as Brighthelmstone brings the history of Brighton's oldest industry alive. The center-piece is a full-size clinker-built fishing boat, built in Sussex following traditional methods used for many generations. Fishing Museum also features the history of the Skylark, the first pleasure boat ever to use the name, sounds of the sea and historic recordings and films of Brighton's past. A great insight into a bygone era and admission is free.
Opened in 1873, the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery houses collections of local and national importance, including Art Nouveau and Art Deco collections of furniture, glass and ceramics, and arts and crafts worldwide. The Willett Collection contains more than 2000 pieces of pottery and porcelain from the 1700s to the 1900s. Other displays include fine art, local history, costumes and toys.
Known as Brighton's Bohemian quarter, North Laine is home to some of the best shops, pubs and cafes in the area. Local cafe culture thrives during the summer, with tables spreading out into the middle of the road in Gardener Street and fashions and sub-cultures competing in a vibrant atmosphere. There is an eclectic mix of antique warehouses, second-hand shops, glitzy boutiques and buskers. Snooper's Paradise in Kensington Gardens is the city's largest indoor flea market. There is also a Saturday morning market in Upper Gardner Street.
Madeira Drive, formerly known as Madeira Terrace, was initially built as a promenade to protect the land of the East Cliff. Overlooking the beach, on the sea-side road of this drive is what can be Britain's first electric railway, Volks Electric Railway. This drive is an important location for many, as this serves as a finish line for a variety of races, including the annual London to Brighton Cycle Ride. Plenty of traditional sea-side entertainments can be found throughout the year, apart from regular races. One can expect to sight cars of veteran era, Lamborghini and motorcycles of all varieties. Operating only from Easter to mid-September, 9:45a to 7:15p daily, a lift connects the Madeira Drive to Madeira Parade. Seafront offers a variety of shops to purchase souvenirs like Brighton Rock
Bristling with activity day and night, Kemptown epitomizes the spirit of Brighton: lively, colorful and slightly seedy. This area of town is full of good pubs, bric a brac and antiques shops, B&Bs and interesting churches. At the eastern end are Sussex Square and Lewes Crescent, stunning white Regency town houses which have been the home to, among others, Lewis Carroll and Ozzy Osbourne. Kemptown is also the spiritual home of the city's large gay and lesbian community.
Find over half a million insects and animals, 50,000 fossils, minerals and rocks, 30,000 plants and 11,000 books and maps dating back over three centuries at the Booth Museum of Natural History. The creation of ornithologist Edward Booth, it houses his collection of British birds displayed in recreated natural settings, together with butterflies and beetles, fossil fish and dinosaur bones. A must for the whole family. There is a small shop selling books and small gifts.
Walk westwards along the seafront from Brighton and before you realize it you will be in Hove. Although often incorporated into Brighton, Hove insists on maintaining an identity and status of its own. Once a notorious smuggling village, Hove is now home to the fine regency squares of Brunswick and Palmeira and also to the neat seafront Hove Lawns. The beach is always emptier, the promenade wider and life is just that little bit quieter than in loud and lively Brighton. St Georges Street has a range of everyday shops whilst Church Road has antiques and restaurants galore.
The UK's biggest marina incorporates harborside bars, cafes and restaurants including the Brighton Pagoda, Bowlplex, a 26-lane bowling alley, UGC Cinema with eight screens, an Asda hypermarket, factory outlet shopping and boat trips. There are regular weekend events here throughout the summer, including French markets, craft fairs and street theater. The Brighton Marina is home to many impressive and expensive yachts. The Undercliff Path begins here, which takes you along the bottom of the chalk cliffs to Saltdean.
Devil's Dyke offers outstanding views over the colossal South Downs, the western Weald to the north and the English Channel to the south. This National Trust landmark is a favorite of Brighton families looking to spend a fun day out. Legend has it that the dyke, i.e., a deep valley, was created by the devil in an attempt to flood the Weald but he was disturbed when an old woman lighted candle in her window. An open-topped bus from Brighton Pier serves as one of the best transport options to reach the dyke.
This magnificent castle, built by the Earl of Arundel at the end of the 11th Century, is situated in the lovely town of Arundel. Surrounded by well-kept grounds, it contains a collection of 16th-century furniture and artworks by Gainsborough and Van Dyck, among others. The castle has a fascinating history and has links with Mary, Queen of Scots and Henry VIII. There is also a restaurant and a shop.