Brighton Pier and some Moore…

It’s famous because of the Brighton pier. That’s about all people know about Brighton, this seaside town on the south coast of Great Britain. Are you on your way to visit Brighton, then check this list of five things you don’t want to miss. But there’s Moore. No I don’t mean ‘more’, I really mean ‘Moore’.

The Royal Pavilion Brighton

The Royal Pavilion in Brighton

Let’s start with some things you really ought to see when in Brighton.

1.    Brighton Pier – Palace Pier

Yes, this is the only pier Brighton has. And you are right, there has been another one: The West Pier. This was closed in 1975 and later destroyed by a fire. Historically, this burned down Suspension Chain Pier was the first pier structure built in Brighton.

Now there is the “Brighton Marine Palace and Pier”, the Brighton Pier or Palace Pier for short. The Palace Pier dates back to 1891 and it has a very impressive history. During WW II the pier was closed and during a storm in 1973 a 70-ton ship broke loose and damaged the pier’s head. The pier appears in movies on a regular basis.

2.    Royal Pavilion

The Royal Pavilion is a small palace built by the Prince of Wales as a place to unwind, but also to serve as a love-nest in which he could meet his mistress Maria Fitzherbert. The building itself seems to come right out of a fairytale. The design is a mixture of Arab, Chinese, Hindu and Gothic influences. During WW II it served as a hospital for the wounded from overseas battlegrounds.

3.    TOM – The Old Market

The Old Market is a historic building that once served various functions, but now revives a multifunctional and multicultural performance centre under the name “TOM – The Old Market”. The main auditorium can only serve a maximum of 500 visitors, but the atmosphere is absolutely great. If you are looking for performing arts, gigs, theatre and dance: be sure to visit this place.

4.    The Sea Life Centre

Not too far from the Palace Pier you will find The Sea Life Centre. It’s the worlds oldest operating sea life aquarium. It has everything you would expect in a sea aquarium including sharks and a place were you can touch crabs and starfish. And don´t forget to say hello to Lulu the giant sea turtle.

5.    North Laine

North Laine is a great place to end your first day in Brighton. In fact, it´s a great place to end every day if you like. North Laine is a shopping district that used to be a slum district with pour housing and overall decay. Nowadays it is a great place to wander around, discover interesting small shops and visit one of the many cafés, theatres and museums. If you are a bohemian, you´ll fit right in.

And then some Moore…

So, with that list being taken care of, let’s have a look at some of the less known sides of this city.

Not generally known, but very important nevertheless is music. Bands like The Levellers, Blood Red Shoes and guitar virtuoso Gary Moore, are from Brighton. Every year Brighton is host to The Great Escape, a 3-day festival where 300 musicians perform on more then 30 stages in town.

And talking about music: the final clash between de mods and the rockers in the movie Quadrophenia, took place on the beach of Brighton. The movie was based on the rockopera “Quadrophenia” by The Who.

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