Brighton is one of the UK’s most exciting cities and a must for all South Downs visitors. While it’s best known for its beaches and shopping, it also has plenty to offer for history buffs. Here are four of the best places to step back into Brighton’s fascinating past.
The Royal Pavilion
No trip to Brighton is complete without a visit to the world-famous Royal Pavilion. Originally built in the late 18th Century as a seaside retreat for the royal family, it was sold to the city of Brighton in 1850 and has been a focal point ever since. Today, visitors can enjoy regular local history exhibitions and other cultural events, as well as taking a stroll in the pavilion’s lovingly restored regency-style gardens.
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
One of Europe’s most innovative museums, the Brighton Museum houses a diverse collection of art and historical artefacts. With everything from ancient Egyptian burial objects to portraits of local celebrities, there’s no better place to learn about world and local history under one roof.
Brighton Palace Pier
Rivalling the pavilion as the most iconic structure in the city, Brighton Pier is one of the world’s oldest pleasure piers. Opened in 1899, this grade 2 listed structure is the quintessential symbol of the British seaside. Its rides and attractions are as popular today as they were 120 years ago, with over 4 million visitors flocking to the pier every year. For a real taste of local history, visitors can take the Brighton Palace Pier walking tour, where they can follow in the footsteps of Victorian holidaymakers and learn about the pier’s history from an expert guide.
Brighton Fishing Museum
Fishing plays a huge part in the story of Brighton. Opened in 1994, the Brighton Fishing Museum works hand in hand with the local fishing community to preserve the town’s rich maritime history. Packed full of artefacts showcasing every aspect of sea fishing from the 1800s to the modern day, the museum also holds an annual mackerel fair every May.
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