Just to see the waves and walk along the sea... Oh...What a lovely feeling it was. If someone comes to Brighton, it is a must that you visit the beach and sea. For lovers it is a very nice atmosphere...Just to sit on the stones and watch the sea and waves together with your lovedone...it is so romantic. Just a walk away is a very good restaurant. There you have to try Hot Chocolate with mashwallows. So delicious.
If you'd like to have a great overview of Brighton & Hove, this is the best attraction for your trip! The Brighton Wheel is a big carrusel at the Brighton beach. It's open from 10am till 11pm on weekends. On the wheel, you're able to see the whole city and its beautiful beach and of course the Brighton Pier. Try to book it at a dry day with sun. For about 8£, the wheel turns 4 times around. The capsules have aircon and an audible guide.
The Victoria Fountain in the Old Steine was inaugurated on 25 May 1846 for the 27th birthday of Queen Victoria. It was cast locally in Brighton and consists of 2 shallow basins supported by 3 cast iron dolphins over the large pool of water below. The base of the fountain is made of sarsen stones which were found in the Steine by workmen in 1823.
The brighton Museum is set in the Royal Pavilion Gardens and contains an interesting collection of exhibits on local history, a small section on ancient Egypt and some art exhibitions. It's free entry but donations are, as always, welcomed.
The main hall of the ground floor is occupied by the 20th century art and design section - which is essentially a collection of slightly quirky furnishings. Not really my thing, but very interesting to some I'm sure. The best thing I found in this area was the building itself. Look up at the roof and balconies.
Also on the ground floor is the local history collection which is very interesting if you want to know something about how Brighton developed and became the special place it is today.
The World Art section is the only place where I have seen Buddhas displayed alongside a table football game. Typically Brighton quirky...
Upstairs is the space for tempoary exhibitions and the last few parts of the permanent collection. The area entitled 'Performance' has some interesting ceremonial costumes from around the world, and being Brighton...a Punch and Judy to go with them!
Still looking spruce after it's £10 million refurbishment Brighton Museum and Art Gallery has an interesting assortment of exhibits, ranging from a wonderful Dali sofa based on Mae West's lips to tribal ethnic art, paintings, historical costumes and local history galleries. It is also the base for the Brighton History Centre where you can access all the local genealogical records as well as many other national birth marriage and deaths records via microfiche. Like so many museums nowadays it can lay claim to a rather nice café selling sandwiches, soups , salads, cakes and other delights and a small but perfectly formed trendy shop. Definitely worth a visit as it is absolutely free. (some special exhibitions might apply an entry fee)
Closed Mondays, except public holidays 10am-5pm
"o contemporary is one of the UK's top contemporary art spaces, showcasing a compelling and diverse selection of national and international artists' work"
Located in Trafalgar St in the north lanes, there is always something of interest to see at this gallery. Fast moving exhibitions have included artists such as Damien Hurst, Tracey Emin and the like.
Current Exhibition (10th Nov - 9th Dec '07) is "cor da rua" (street colour) a 2 month, 10-artist celebration of the best in Brazilian urban art, considered by many to be the most significant genre in the global urban art movement.
Tuesd - Frid 10 - 5.30 pm
Sat - 10 - 6 pm
Sund - 12 - 5 pm
A somewhat ecelctic mix of stalls can be found in the Ship Street market. It all had a rather bohemian and hippy feel to it, much in keeping with studenty feel of much of the town
Most of it was the usual collections of perfumes clothes furniture and trinkets imported from the developing world. One stall didi seem to stand out to me. The 'Twisted Tinkerbell' ( the fairy taylor (sic)) produced some truely outrageous clothes that were cobbled together from previously worn garments. Wonderfully green and funky, but probably not a great idea to wear one of her creations to a job interview.
Took my Mum for a very posh afternoon tea at the Grand Hotel.
Lots of cucumber, egg mayo and salmon sandwiches, all without crusts and all tasting very yummy - followed by an enormous amount of daintily decorated little cakes and the traditional British cream tea.
You can drink as much of a great assortment of teas as you like, or be even more decadent and order champagne.
Dress code is relaxed and you can sit and people watch in the comfy chairs after which you can recover from the huge amount of fat you have just devoured!
Take your Mum, she'll love it!
Recently took the Small Person for a half term treat and she loved it too. Amazingly, there were just too many cakes to manage at the time, we had to get a cake box to take the rest home before we popped !
Recently re-opened after a multi-million pound restoration this museum would be a lovely place to visit on a wet afternoon. Luckily for me it was sunny and warm! (But I would give it a visit another time!!!)
This bus brings makes a round through Brighton. There are 11 stops during this ride:
- Grand Junction Road (opposite Coach Station): Palace Pier, Pool Valley Coach Station, Sea Life Centre, Tourist Information Centre.
- King's Road: West Pier (not open to the public), Regency Square, Bandstand.
- Western Road: Churchill Square Shopping Centre.
- Brighton Station: Railway Station.
- North Road: North Laine (Antiques, Bric-a-brac & Bookshops).
- Madeira Drive: Sea Life Centre.
- Madeira Drive: Volks Electric Railway.
- Madeira Drive: Peter Pan Amusements.
- Roedan Road: Golf Course, Roedean School.
- Brighton Marina: Shopping Outlet.
- New Road: Royal Pavilion, The Dome, Art Gallery & Musuem.
The buses are going daily. You can buy your ticket by the busdriver. The price for a ticket was GBP 6,50 on 25 August 2003.
For general inquiries: +44-(0)1789-294466
For private hires: +44-(0)1273-540893
Mechanical memories is a cute little museum of Victorian penny arcade games. You buy some Victorian pennies at the desk then put the pennies in various contraptions to make them work. Although it is very dated now these amusements must have seemed wonderful to the Victorians.
It was really a great time watching them dancing and joking on the stage. Well, let me explain-this is a troupe of 16 exotic girls... but in fact they are boys. Watching them made me feel like I am really an ugly woman. Those boys were so beautiful, dressed in female clothes, with make-up and hair-styles.
They were performing songs and sketches, sometimes they were vulgar, but really nice people:) Well, if you are a conservative person-just don't waste your time to look at them.
They were a part of the Brighton Festival.
Saltdean is a predominantly residential suburb built around a valley and oval park. Traditionally it has had something of a blue-rinse image but this is no longer entirely justified. Architecturally Saltdean is dominated by two fine Art Deco buildings designed by R.W.H. Jones: the former Ocean Hotel (currently being redeveloped as flats) and Saltdean Lido, the only one of Brighton's three open-air lidos to survive.
The pool at the Lido is only open in the summer and recent alterations have somewhat compromised the integrity of the original design: the original paddling pool is now full of stones, and the main pool is now divided into smaller areas for paddling and swimming; also, the original diving facilities have been removed. But it is something of a miracle that the Lido survives at all, and it is well worth a look.
There is access by tunnel from the car park areas to the main beach and an undercliff walk, constructed in the 1930s, that leads all the way to Brighton. Although the beach is mostly shingle (more so since 'improvements' that were made in the 1990s), it is a popular destination with lifeguards on duty in summer. In winter, if you don't mind getting soaked occasionally, the Undercliff Walk is a dramatic place to view huge waves crashing ashore.
There is ample free parking, playground facilities in the oval park, a café above the beach tunnel, and several pubs just inland.
I ummed and ahhed about whether this should go into the shopping section but ultimately came to the conclusion that a stroll through an open market is rather more than that. And as the market in question is situated either side of the main beach walk it is pretty well unavoidable for those seeking to stroll along and by the side of the prom'. What can you find here? Well the main theme would have to be ethnic jewellery, with a scattering of local paintings, photos and paperbacks thrown in for good measure...but it's mainly clothing accessories and jewellery. Whether 'ethnic' is a byword for affordable, cheap, stylish or grungy I'll let you decide; but even I can find things I like here! Obviously of you're looking for a tiara you'd do better heading for the jewellers in Tunbridge Wells or Lewes but if you want something that is silver, plastic, resin based, bead bound or simply quirky then this is the place for you.
The market takes place on Sundays, is set up in the morning (although I've never been there at the off to see exactly what time that might be) and carries on into the afternoon. I imagine that the better the weather and the greater the crowds the longer they stay open. Bear in mind that you cannot always count on exactly the same stalls being there each week or even in exactly the same place. If it's chucking it down with rain, think again! Suffice to say that a mid morning stroll on a sunny day should be just right.
There comes a point when certain old terms and descriptions don't really do things justice. I feel very strongly about graffiti for example. Within the confines of your own house, your own living room, your own personal space what you choose to display as 'art' is your business. However I don't like public areas defaced by tags/scrawl which I didn't choose to see, and worse still creating damage which cannot easily be removed. But there are artists whose work can enhance the areas in which we live and as long as they have the approval of those living in and around the area where their work is sited then I have no problem with it. This transcends graffiti and is, through it's sheer quality, street art.
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