Brighton Introduction


Brighton today is in large part famous for the same reasons it was over 200 years ago: Its seaside location, and artistic culture. Ever since the middle of the 18th century when the royal family began visiting for medical reasons (they believed that bathing in saltwater was therapeutic), the area has thrived on tourism. Before tourists began visiting in large numbers, the town (then known as Brighthelmstone) survived on its fishing industry, and although this is no longer the case, evidence of the past can still be seen throughout the area. In fact, some of the more popular tourist attractions like The Brighton Pier and the Royal Pavilion are remnants of these fishing times.

With nearly 8 million visitors passing through each year, Brighton has a thriving tourist industry. But the allure of its seaside location is not the only reason that people choose to visit. The art and cultural scenes are some of the most famous in all of the UK. The music scene is of world class quality, and the nightlife is energetic and diverse. With tons of shopping opportunities as well as great restaurants throughout the city, Brighton has come a long way since its fishing days of the past.

Brighton is unique in the UK for its diversity. It is at once grubby, sexy, exciting, cultured, brash, refined and sassy.

The beach is rough hard shingle and the sea is cold and grey. Go there instead for the boardwalk bars and cafes, to relax and listen to live music. People drive all the way down from London to enjoy the clubs and nightlife.

Brighton is well-known for its gay scene; it also has a very wide religious spectrum; saffron-robed Buddhist monks live in community in the town, and there are numerous shops serving the pagan community. There is also a large interest in alternative medicine.

Really, if you can’t find what you want in Brighton, you won’t find it anywhere else.

Brighton is summed up by the words ‘tolerance’ and ‘diversity’. Just walk the streets and enjoy the theatre.