31 Facts About Brighton


Brighton is a seaside resort and one of the two main areas of the City of Brighton and Hove in the county of East Sussex, England.

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Brighton joined Hove to form the unitary authority of Brighton and Hove in 1997, which was granted city status in 2000.

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Brighton has been described as "the happiest place to live in the UK", and the "unofficial gay capital of the UK".

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Brighton sent many patients to "take the cure" in the sea at Brighton, published a popular treatise on the subject, and moved to the town soon afterwards.

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Brighton spent much of his leisure time in the town and constructed the Royal Pavilion during the early part of his Regency.

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On 19 January 2017, Brighton council announced they were looking at certain initiatives to try to alleviate some of the increasing homelessness seen on Brighton's streets and were hoping to open the first in-house temporary housing for homeless people in the city.

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The Sussex coast forms a wide, shallow bay between the headlands of Selsey Bill and Beachy Head; Brighton developed near the centre of this bay around a seasonal river, the Wellesbourne, which flowed from the South Downs above Patcham.

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Nevertheless, the descriptions "Port of Brighthelmston" or "Port of Brighton" were sometimes used between the 14th and 19th centuries, as for example in 1766 when its notional limits were defined for customs purposes.

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Brighton has a temperate climate: its Koppen climate classification is Cfb.

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Newly created Borough of Brighton consisted of six wards in 1854: St Nicholas, St Peter, Pier, Park, Pavilion and West.

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Brighton has been an important centre for commerce and employment since the 18th century.

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Brighton is a popular destination for conferences, exhibitions and trade fairs, and has had a purpose-built conference centre—the Brighton Centre—since 1977.

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Brighton has a high density of businesses involved in the media sector, particularly digital or "new media", and since the 1990s has been referred to as "Silicon Beach".

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Brighton is well known for the great shopping, with a high number of independent shops, which add to the character of the city.

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Brighton's Quakers run the Friends Meeting House in the Lanes.

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Brighton has six listed Roman Catholic churches; St John the Baptist's Church in Kemptown is the earliest surviving Roman Catholic church in the city.

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Brighton is characterised by small dining establishments and independent coffeehouses.

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Brighton featured in a number of popular movies including Carry on at Your Convenience, Quadrophenia (1979), The End of the Affair (1999), Wimbledon (2004), MirrorMask (2005), Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008), The Young Victoria (2009), Brighton Rock (2010 and 1947) and The Boat that Rocked (2009).

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Brighton now occupies the upstairs of Komedia, situated on Gardner Street, central Brighton.

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Disability Pride Brighton promotes acceptance and visibility for area residents who are disabled.

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Brighton is the terminus of a number of London-to-Brighton rides and runs, such as the veteran car run and bike ride.

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Brighton is the home of the UK's first Walk of Fame which celebrates the many rich and famous people associated with the city.

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community in Brighton is one of the largest and most prominent in the UK, and Brighton has been named the "gay capital of the UK".

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Brighton has many night-life hotspots and is associated with popular musicians including Fatboy Slim, Omar, Kirk Brandon, Tim Booth, Nick Cave, David Van Day from Dollar, Adam Freeland, Orbital and Robert Smith.

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Brighton has been ranked a top 10 student city in the UK, by QS rankings.

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Brighton was chosen as one of the 13 Rugby World Cup 2015 host cities, with two games being played at the 30, 750 capacity Falmer Stadium.

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Brighton has a horse-racing course, Brighton Racecourse, with the unusual feature that when the full length of the course is to be used, some of the grass turf of the track has to be laid over the tar at the top of Wilson Avenue, a public road, which therefore has to be closed for the races.

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Casual sea swimming is a popular activity in Brighton, rising in popularity since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Brighton has several railway stations, many bus routes, coach services and taxis.

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Brighton is connected to the trunk road network by the A23 northwards, and by two east–west routes: the A259 along the coast and the A27 trunk route inland which joins the M27 motorway near Portsmouth.

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Additionally, Brighton is easily accessible via Gatwick, which is a 20-minute train journey to the north of Brighton.

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