Covering over 126 acres (some of the wet) the building of Brighton Marina began in 1971. it was always a contentious project with locals eho were quick to note that very few of them owned yachts or even inflatable dinghies. The project was originally pushed as an project certain to draw visitors, rich boat owners and money to the town and with the slow but certain decline in seaside tourism it seemed like a promising port in a storm. Residents were promised the prospect of free entry into the marina in the hope that the fun of looking at the boats would make up for the £50million cost and the loss of a stretch of beautiful rocky coastline. (Hmm. Am I sounding bitter here?) It opened as the largest marina complex in Europe in 1978 when HM The Queen cut a length of ribbon, seaweed or something similar. However soon afterwards the development of the site started faltering and ex boxing businessman George Walker bought into the project to 'save' it.
In came an Asda Superstore, 1500 space multistorey car park, shops, restaurants, tenpin bowling and lots of expensive flats... oh, and jolly local fishing trips too! They are all still there and growing as we speak but the general ambiance but isn't perhaps as upmarket as first envisaged. Had Marks and Spencer or Waitrose taken the supermarket concession things might have been different!
From Brighton town centre (North Street or Dykes Road) the No. ‘7’ bus runs approx every 15 minutes to the Marina Village.
Walk - or take the Volks Electric Railway - E. from Brighton Pier and keep going alongside the beach until you can go no further. The thing you bump into will be the marina!
PS Don't mention global warming to the Marina residents. Best not upset them eh?
Head down to the marina. It's easily accessible, via bus or car. There's free car parking for up to 4 hours, and pay after if you wish to stay. Cineworld cinemas is there, a casino, ten pin bowling and arcade, wetherspoon pub/restaurant with it's outdoors seating on two levels, looking out over the marina at the £400,000 yachts and cruisers. There's a fantastic Chinese restaurant on a boat. Other places to eat include, Frankie & Benny's, 2 x Indian restaurants, Rehab bar/club, subway, about 8-9 other places and another few pubs. Asda is just over the road too. You can stroll around the marina looking at the boats and walk the perimeter sea wall. If you need to blow off some steam then go to David Lloyds gym onsite too. If you finish your night here and want to go on into the city, you can get the nightbus, or stroll along the beach pathway, which takes about 20 mins and you can carry on the night in various late night bars and clubs in the arches. By day in the warmer months, the likes of the honey club, the beach nightclub, concorde 2, the arc, volks, funky budha, audio etc. will be serving drinks on the beach with chill out patios made up in front of the clubs. At night, you'll find something for everyone in music tastes from banging house/trance, to garage, r n b to rock/indie. Extreme music as UK hip hop, drum n bass, hard house and thrash metal will be found too.
A new development for me, I'm sure it wasn't there last time I was in Brighton. A fifteen minute walk, or ride on the electric railway (later tip) from the Palace pier. Many shops bars and restaurants to keep you amused for some time and plenty of boats coming and going to watch as well. Sadly we chose a misty and wet day to visit so my photos are down to their usual standard.
Walking around the marina is one of my favorite past times, to clear your head, a break from studying, or just a leg stretch. Walking along the break water is the best you can watch the fishermen the sailing boats drift in and out of the marina. A great time and you feel so much more refreshed! OH and not to forget the views of cliffs in the distance or the school on land. Although it is a short stretch u can make it lnoger by continueing on the 'undercliffs' or walk along the top.
The Marina is a place with all kind of boats. Pleasure boats. There are so many different kind of boats. It is a nice place to hang around.