Brighton Station - Hove - Seafront - Whitehawk Hill - Woodvale Cemetery - The Level

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Brighton began life over 800 years ago as a fishing port; but its size remained modest, with a population of not more than 2,000, until the 18th century.

It was not until Dr. Richard Russell opined on the health-giving properties of the sea air that the town started to become a popular leisure resort, a trend that was accelerated under the patronage of the Prince Regent who visited towards the end of the 18th century and constructed the Brighton Pavilion as a place for escape and indulgence. Its popularity grew again with the arrival of the train in 1841 which brought mass tourism from London.

Today, Brighton remains a much visited resort and is a forward-looking city in terms of its employment and culture. It was granted city status in 2000 and now has a population of 273,400.

Geographically, it sits slightly squashed in a bowl, with the South Downs directly behind it and the sea in front; and two valleys (down which the London Rd & the Lewes Rd run) converging on the Steine at the heart of the old town. The result is a pleasing mix of contours and vistas which gives the city its character and interest.

England - South England - West Sussex - Town or city

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Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Museum, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Sea, Tea Shop, Toilets

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