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Seaside City of Brighton

An August 2006 trip to Brighton by kristin5683

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Seaside City of Brighton

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The Royal Pavilion in the center of town is a must-see for any Brighton visitor, day or night.Heading down to the beach is, of course, a necessity.The nightlife in Brighton is always popping with a range of music for any taste, from cheesy pop to indie rock.Take a wander through the Lanes and the North Laines for the best, most unique shopping in Brighton.Quick Tips: Get fish-and-chips to take-away from one of the many chip shops along the seafront and eat it on the beach. There's no better experience on the English seaside!Check "whatson.brighton.co.uk" for up-to-date listings for cinemas, clubs, theatres, and gigs.Brighton is known, among other things, as the Gay Ca...Read More

Brighton Pride

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While not gay myself, there was still much to enjoy during the Gay Pride Parade in Brighton. The parade started on the seafront and wound its way through the streets of Brighton to Preston Park, near the center of the city. Floats with booming music, dancers dressed in chaps and pink cowboy hats, and kids holding rainbow flags are just a few of the features of the parade. Many people were dressed in outrageous and revealing outfits with pink, sparkles, hot pants, and platform heels everywhere.There was a fun fair in Preston Park with rides, food stands, and dance tents. It's a once-a-year experience not for the faint-hearted or modest! Gay or straight, everyone is welcome as long as you're open-m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 14, 2006

Brighton Pride

Brighton, England
+44 (1273) 775939

Brighton Pier

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Brighton Pier Photo, Brighton, England
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During the summer, Brighton beach is generally packed with people.Always a favorite, Brighton pier was attracting the usual cast of tourists and families. On the pier there are fun fair rides, like bumper cars, a small roller coaster, and various other rides. There are also carnival games and slot machines, along with booths to buy cheap trinkets and souvenirs. You can buy "American donuts," ice cream, and other snacks on the pier, but watch out for the seagulls! I had one steal a donut right out of my hand!Farther down the beach is the now-decrepit West Pier: a victim of arson, it is now slowly crumbling into the sea. On clear evenings, it makes a good photo opportunity, since starlings roo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 14, 2006

Brighton Pier
Madeira Drive.
Brighton, England
+44 (1273) 609361

Royal Pavilion and Museums

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Arguably the most famous landmark in Brighton, the Royal Pavilion was the playhouse of George IV. He helped make Brighton the popular seaside resort it is today.The entrance fee is around 7 pounds, though there are discounts for students. Well worth the money is the hand-held audio tour guide. It gives interesting history about the building.Built in a combination of quasi-Indian and Chinese style architecture, the Pavilion has onion domes and spires outside and dozens of golden dragons inside the building. The most impressive room is the dining room that seats over 100 and features a massive chandelier.3/4 of the way through the tour is the Queen Adelaide tearooms, where cakes, food, an...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 14, 2006

Royal Pavilion and Museums
Pavilion Gardens
Brighton, England BN1 1EE
+44 (1273) 290900

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

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In the center of town and right next to the Pavilion Gardens, the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery has free entry and is well worth a visit! I go about once every 2 months when I'm in the area. My favorite part are the photos of modern Brighton.There is a wide variety of permanent exhibits including 20th century art and design with a couch shaped like Mae West's lips, world art, and body and style which. There are also major exhibits on Brighton history and Images of Brighton. In these exhibits, you can listen to recordings of fishermen talking about their days on Brighton beach and those who came to Brighton for a "Dirty Weekend" and see images of Brighton's past and present.The mu...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 15, 2006

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
Church Street
Brighton, England BN1 1NB
+44 1273 290900

Odeon

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A fairly standard movie theater, the Odeon shows major Hollywood films on 8 different screens. Open from around noon on weekends, there is always a variety of films to watch.The snacks/food are overpriced, as they often are at movie theatres, and they aren't particularly good. I generally bring in my own snacks in my bag if I think I'm going to get hungry.The lines can be long for the ticket booth at popular times for popular films and it's possible to book tickets online at Odeon.com. There's not a lot of charm or ambience to the building. It's spread over 4 different floors and some of the screens require climbing several flights of stairs.Ticket prices range from aroun...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 15, 2006

Odeon
King's Road
Brighton, England BN1 2RE
0870 505 0007

Duke of York's Cinema

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A beautiful, old cinema that's at the bottom of my road - I see films there as often as I can! It's not hard to find, a sculpture of woman's stockinged legs are kicking up from the roof of the building. Much more ambience and more enjoyable then watching films at the Odeon in town.I've seen the French film Lemming, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Capote, and Thank You For Smoking, among other films, at the Duke of York's. Many of the films they feature don't play at the major cinemas: art films, foreign films, independent films. It's a chance to see films that come from somewhere else then Hollywood. Though they do cater to mainstream audiences as well, screening blockbuster hits. They just...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 15, 2006

Duke of York's Cinema
Preston Circus
Brighton, England BN1 4NA
+44 1273 602503