The FEZA 2020 host city, Brighton, is the largest and most well-known seaside resort in the south of England. It stretches for about five miles along the shoreline of the South Downs and is blessed with beautiful pebbled beaches. Brighton was a small fishing village until the 18th century, when it experienced a period of extraordinary development and become one of the country’s most elegant and desired vacation spots for England’s elite and upper classes. Many people came to Brighton to relax in one of its many spas and enjoy the restorative sea air. Visitors today can still see many reminders of this golden period in the city’s architecture: the world-famous Palace Pier, the Regency terraces and the Royal Pavilion, the exotic summer home of King George IV.
The city today has blossomed into one of the UK’s most culturally vibrant destinations, home to modern attractions (such as the new British Airways i360) and a fantastic location for sports enthusiasts, particularly those with a passion for water sports such as sailing, kite surfing, and diving. Don’t forget to bring your appetite with you to Brighton as the city is famous for its fantastic seafood, from the classic fish and chips to champagne and oysters, and was recently named as one of the UK’s top destination for restaurants.
Travelling to Brighton is very easy as the city is just a 60 minute train journey from London and only a 30 minute train ride from Gatwick Airport, making it your London airport of choice for attending FEZA 2020. If you are travelling from elsewhere in the UK, Brighton is well connected by train and the city’s train station is located right in the heart of the city centre. You also don’t have to worry about getting around town as Brighton is a compact city that is easy to explore on foot or by public transport.
Top 10 Things To Do in Brighton:
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A stunning example of a Victorian pleasure pier, whether you call it Brighton or Palace Pier, this is traditional seaside fun at its very best. Fish and chips, candy floss, rides for thrill seekers and the infamous stripy deckchairs!
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The Prince Regent’s original pleasure palace, you don’t get much more bonkers than this. Transformed by John Nash in the early 1800s, the Pavilion is one of the most dazzling and exotic buildings in the British Isles.
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The country's newest attraction glides visitors 162 metres high for breathtaking 360 degree views of Brighton and Hove - the city, coast and countryside. The i360 was officially named the Most Slender Tower by Guinness World Records in January 2016.
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Once a thriving centre of seaside entertainment, all that is left of the West Pier is its architectural remains. Still a breathtaking sight and arguably the most photographed building in Brighton and Hove. The area is also now home to the independent traders of the West Pier Arches.
Brighton and Hove boasts some of the finest Regency architecture in England. From the stunning squares and crescents in Hove to the elegance of Sussex Square, Brighton’s Regency heritage blends seamlessly with the more modern aspects of the city.
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Named one of the Top 10 ‘cities with brilliant beaches’ by Lonely Planet, Brighton beach is famous for its pebbles (there are an estimated 614,600,000!) and attracts people to its shores all year round.
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Don't miss Brighton Museum and Art Gallery's range of dynamic and innovative galleries, including fashion and style, 20th century art and design and fine art. Also features exciting interactive displays suitable for all ages, plus changing exhibitions.
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Dive into a fascinating journey through the original Victorian architecture of the oldest operating aquarium in the world. From the coastline to the depths of the ocean, discover everything from sharks to a hands-on rock pool experience...
Hove Beach Huts
Discover Hove's iconic beach huts with their colourful and vibrant facades and enjoy the leisurely feel of Hove seafront, with its plush seafront lawns overlooked by the beautiful Regency architecture of Brunswick Square, Hove and the stunning Adelaide Crescent.