Brighton - The First, Oldest and Tallest
Brighton has long been the seaside resort of choice for holiday makers, but did you know that it was actually Brighton that set the scene for seaside resorts throughout the world? This once little fishing village was transformed when the Prince Regent decided to do his first season here and Brighton continued in popularity during the Victorian era. It was at this time that Brighton’s pioneering seaside architecture became one of Britain’s favourite exports. As you wander around some of Brighton’s favourite attractions, you might be surprised to know that you are amongst some of Britain’s and the world’s first, oldest and tallest visitor attractions.
By far the best way to get between Brighton Pier and Brighton Marina is with a ride on the Volk’s Railway. Volk’s Railway is actually the world’s oldest running electric railway and it’s narrow gauge rails take visitors on a leisurely journey along 400 metres of the seafront. Completed in 1883, the railway is still a firm favourite with children and adults alike.
Duke of York Picturehouse
The Duke of York’s cinema was one of the first, and now the oldest, purpose built cinema that has been continuously running. The Grade II listed building remains largely unchanged from it’s opening in 1910 and can be distinguished by some stripey legs sticking out from the roof! Now showing mainly arty, independent, cult and classic films, the cinema is known for its comfy seats and relaxed style. So treat yourself to a trip to the flicks in the world’s oldest cinema.
Brighton Sea Life Centre
Currently celebrating its 140th anniversary, Brighton Sea Life Centre is the oldest aquarium in the world. Located along Marine Parade, the impressive Victorian architecture is home to an underwater world of more than 1500 species and with over 57 exhibits, including a subsurface tunnel. A magnificent feat of Victorian engineering and a fantastic family day out. Children will especially love the touch and learn experiences.
London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
Run by the Royal Automobile Club during the first weekend in November, the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is the world’s oldest motoring celebration. Featuring some of the oldest cars, the Victorian architecture of Marine Parade is the perfect setting to come and watch as these pre 1905 motor cars arrive after their 60 mile journey from Hyde Park. One of the best events in the international motoring calendar and a great family day out.
Hove Museum & Art Gallery
Believe it or not, Brighton & Hove actually has a strong claim in the creation of movie making. The ‘Brighton School’ of filmmakers was definitely among some of the pioneers when it came to the moving image, making films as early as 1897. Take a journey through the early history of British film making at the Hove Museum & Art Gallery with original films, equipment and interactive activities and decide for yourself.
Sussex Cricket Club
Although Hove Cricket Ground wasn’t built in Eaton Road until 1872, it is home to Sussex Cricket Club which was founded in 1839 and is the oldest county cricket club in the World. Over those two centuries, Hove Cricket Ground has surely seen some great cricket matches. Now also home to Sussex Sharks, make sure you don’t miss out on the action. Secure your seats and head over for a relaxed day of county cricket or an evening of exciting 20/20 action.
Brighton Nudist Beach
In keeping with Brighton’s more broad-mined style, the seafront made history when the United Kingdom’s first naturist beach was opened. The nudist beach which opened in 1979, is a sectioned off part of the main Brighton seafront. Clearly marked by raised pebble banks and just a short walk from Kemptown, it’s location also makes it Britain’s most accessible naturists beach. If you feel like braving the elements and getting back to nature, the beach is located towards Black Rock near Brighton Marina.
St Bartholomew’s Church
Dominating the skyline of the streets around Brighton’s New England Quarter, St Bartholomew’s Church is the tallest parish church in Britain due to its lack of steeple and 135 foot aspect to the roof and the cross adding a further 9 feet. One of the greatest churches of the 19th century, Edmund Scott’s masterpiece can be enjoyed from the inside and out - situated just north of the North Laines, is well worth a visit.
Brighton Marina is a great location for family fun, providing pretty much something for everyone. With shopping, cinema, bowling, eating, children’s activities, casino, fishing trips, power boating and much more it’s hard not to find something to do. Since its completion in 1978, Brighton Marina has grown to become the largest marina complex in Europe. With the marina being so close to Brighton and with easy access, it is a highly recommended place to visit.
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