Be it tourist magnet London, the not-so-frequented Newcastle, or the capital of Scotland, there’s a slice of history that everyone can devour when in the UK, and Brighton – venue of the IHBC’s June 2020 Brighton School conference on ‘OLD TOWNS: NEW FUTURES’ – is up there with the best!
‘What is a city, but the people; true, the people are the city.’
The country is enchanting and not to be missed, but the cities in the United Kingdom hold a whole world within them. Art, music, literature, culture, architecture, colourful markets, green open spaces, and a cosmopolitan vibe…there’s all this and much more.
According to the UK Office of National Statistics, London and Edinburgh are the cities most commonly visited by travellers. But there are some others that you should put on your list when planning your next holiday.
… Life’s a beach at bohemian Brighton, one of the most vibrant and creative cities in the United Kingdom. Nestled between the South Downs and the sea on south coast, Brighton has a mix of iconic attractions, adventure activities and arts and culture. Walk by the gorgeous Brighton Marina. At the beach, you can opt to have traditional fun (swimming, snoozing, sandcastle building) or take a guided MP3 Brighton walk.
You can also go sailing, orbing, play basketball and volleyball, or go extreme mountain boarding. Check out the Royal Pavilion (a former royal palace built as a home for the Prince Regent and renowned for its Indo-Saracenic architecture and Oriental interior), the Regency architecture and Victorian aquariums. The Brighton Pier has a funfair, restaurants and arcade halls. The seafront is abuzz with bars, restaurants, nightclubs and amusement areas.
Step into the Brighton Artists Quarter (on the beach, between the two piers) where you can view and buy artworks. If in the city in May, check out the Brighton Festival, an arts festival. Visit the 11th century St. Nicholas Church (the oldest building in Brighton), St. Bartholomew’s, the Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue, and Friends’ Meeting House (a place of worship for the Quaker Community). Stop off at the Hove Museum and Art Gallery for a dose of culture. Nearby lies the beautiful Sussex countryside, complete with castles, forts, country houses, parks, and gardens. Explore at will…
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