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You could be forgiven for thinking that you were in India when staring at the Royal Pavilion until the cool British weather reminds you that you are actually on holiday in Brighton. It has to be said that the Royal Pavilion is one of the major sights to see when on a tour of Brighton because it looks like a Maharajah's Palace with an exterior that resembles India's Taj Mahal. The Pavilion is where King George IV used to stay when he visited the resort but it's not just Royalty who have fallen in love with Brighton, visitors from all over the world descend upon this seaside city throughout the year due to the multitude of things to do and places to visit.
The main attraction is Brighton Seafront where you can prop up a deckchair and watch the world go by or go for a brisk walk along the promenade. Brighton has a pebble beach but if you have children desperate to unleash their buckets and spades, just wait until the tide goes out then the sand will appear ready for sandcastles to be built. Visitors of all ages will love Brighton Pier as it is full of amusements to entertain including the popular funfair located at the piers far end. Near to the entrance of the Pier you will find the Brighton Sealife Centre which is perfect for a rainy day.
There's nothing quite like shopping in Brighton and you shouldn't leave the city without visiting The Lanes. Here you'll find a maze of alleyways filled with boutiques, antique shops and places to buy that holiday souvenir for loved ones at home. You could get a tattoo, buy a one of a kind vintage t-shirt or even your first ever pair of vegetarian shoes! Fabulous cafes, bars and bistros can be found in The Lanes where you can fine dine with oysters and champers or nip to the takeaway for fish n' chips on the beach and a bottle of fizzy pop! Add to this a vibrant nightlife, fabulous gardens and top class venues for the arts and music and you've got one resort that you'll want to visit again and again!
Our if heights are more your thing, you can ascend the new British Airways i360 to see wonderful views across the City and off out into the distance.
Tours to Brighton start from £99 per person and typically include; return coach travel, transportation whilst in the resort, accommodation in good standard hotels, meals and a variety of included or optional excursions so you can explore further should you wish to.
Things to do
Brighton is so big, it could actually rival London with regards to the sheer number of places to visit and things to do. Take a look at this for starters:
The Royal Pavilion
You'd be forgiven for thinking the Taj Mahal was actually located in the centre of Brighton. In fact, it's the Royal Pavilion, recognisable for its appearance both inside and out and a stunning display of architecture that has become one of Brighton's most iconic buildings. Built in 1787, it was designed by Henry Holland as a seaside retreat for the Prince Regent.
Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum
Set in the beautiful Sussex estate, Bentley is unique and offers a wide variety of things to do including a museum with a superb collection of vintage and classic cars, a wildfowl reserve, gardens, a beautifully furnished Palladian Mansion and not forgetting a collection of re-constructed prehistoric buildings amidst a woodland area.
Sheffield Park Garden
This is one of the country's finest historic gardens. 'Capability' Brown, Humphrey Repton, the Earl of Sheffield and Arthur G Soames developed this garden to what visitors enjoy today. This 120 acre landscaped garden, with its centrepiece of four large lakes, provides amazing reflections of colour and structure of all types of planting – perfect location for simply watching the world go by!
Once called the old fishing town of Brighthelmstone, The Lanes, is Brighton's historic quarter and is a maze of twisting alleyways, offering an eclectic mix of history and heritage amidst the antique, boutique fashion and jewellery shops. Four hundred year-old fishermen's cottages and flint stone exteriors sit alongside cosy pubs and brick-paved twittens. Wander through Black Lion Lane, allegedly the escape route of King Charles II, or meander into Quadrophenia Alley - a nod to the Mods and Rockers of the 60s and a key scene in the cult film 'Quadrophenia'.
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Tips & Advice
To help you have an enjoyable holiday in Brighton, take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):
Health and Travel Insurance
British Citizens are advised by some of our tour operators to have travel insurance before going on a tour or holiday, even if it happens to be in your country of residence. As a British citizen you will be entitled to free emergency health care on the NHS.
If you are visiting England from outside the United Kingdom and fall ill or are involved in an accident and are from any member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you can obtain free or reduced cost treatment with The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Comprehensive travel insurance is advised for all other nationals planning on visiting England.
If you need to contact the emergency services whilst in England simply dial 999 or 112 to ask for an ambulance.
Most destinations are generally trouble-free, however as with all places that you are not familiar with, keep an eye on your belongings and if necessary lock them away somewhere safe back at your hotel if possible. Keep an eye on everyone in your party and do not go off with people you do not know. Buy your own drinks and keep sight of them at all times. Be aware of your surroundings and don't venture off on your own.
Local Laws and Customs
Queuing is a British Institution - jump a queue at your own risk!
Drug offences will carry penalties in the UK, so avoid getting involved with anything whilst in England. Please note the narcotic plant Khat/Qat is legal in the UK, but is not in a majority of other countries so never try to export this when leaving the UK.
If you are visiting from outside of the United Kingdom, it is wise to check customs requirements before you travel. If you are planning to bring alcohol, tobacco or souvenirs into the country, you need to be familiar with the UK's custom laws. For those people coming to the UK from the EU, you are allowed to bring an unlimited amount of most goods for your own use without paying tax or duty.
However, if you are travelling to the UK from outside of the EU, you are given an allowance of how much alcohol, tobacco, perfume, souvenirs and other goods. If you go above this allowance you may have to pay tax or duty. It is worth checking the HM Revenues and Customs website before you travel.
When travelling between the UK, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man in most cases an official form of identification such as a Driver's License will be ok. However, some airlines will insist you show a passport so check before you travel.
If you are travelling to England from Australia, Canada or the USA, you must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the length of your stay. EU nationals need to have either a valid passport or identity card.
Visas for the UK are not required by those travelling from Australia, Canada, USA or EU for stays of up to six months.
Any other nationality looking to visit the UK must contact the local embassy to check visa requirements.
For further information about Brighton you can visit the official tourist website at visitbrighton.com