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Brighton, England

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Brighton Wheel

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Brighton Carousel

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For more than 200 years, Brighton has been England's most interesting seaside city, and today it’s more vibrant, eccentric, and cosmopolitan than ever. A rich cultural mix—Regency architecture, specialty shops, sidewalk cafés, lively arts, and a flourishing gay scene—makes it unique and unpredictable.In 1750 physician Richard Russell published a book recommending seawater treatment for glandular diseases. The fashionable world flocked to Brighton to take Dr. Russell's "cure," and sea bathing became a popular pastime. Few places in the south of England were better for it, since Brighton's broad beach of smooth pebbles stretches as far as the eye can see. It’s been popular with sunbathers ever since.The next windfall for the town was the arrival of the Prince of Wales (later George IV). "Prinny," as he was called, created the Royal Pavilion, a mock-Asian pleasure palace that attracted London society. This triggered a wave of villa building, and today the elegant terraces of Regency houses are among the town's greatest attractions. The coming of the railway set the seal on Brighton's popularity: the Brighton Belle brought Londoners to the coast in an hour.Londoners still flock to Brighton. Add them to the many local university students, and you have a trendy, young, laid-back city that does, occasionally, burst at its own seams. Property values have skyrocketed, but all visitors may notice is the good shopping and restaurants, attractive (if pebbly) beach, and wild nightlife. Brighton is also the place to go if you're looking for hotels with offbeat design and party nights.

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Far From the Madding Crowds
Far From the Madding Crowds

Hike or saunter the South Downs and Devil’s Dyke valley, enjoying peace and panoramic vistas. Take a break at the Devil’s Dyke pub/hotel.

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Raj Meets Regency
Raj Meets Regency

Brits call the domed ceilings and India-style minarets of the Royal Pavilion OTT (over the top). The pleasure palace was built for King George IV.

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Toy Trains and Teddy Bears
Toy Trains and Teddy Bears

Working model railways and 10,000-plus vintage stuffed animals and other playthings delight kids of all ages at the Brighton Toy and Model Museum.

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Grand and Historic Castles Around the Globe

From Scotland to Japan, 10 beautiful residences fit for a king and queen.

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Carnival by the Sea
Carnival by the Sea

Arcade games. Fish ’n’ chips. Thrill rides. Cheesy T-shirts. Once-glam Brighton Pier is a gaudy, lively landmark seen in movies ("Mona Lisa" for one).

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