Brighton has always been a beautiful town I have always wanted to not only explore but travel. Having some spare holiday to use at work I booked 2 days off. Some of you might wonder where actually is Brighton. For those of you who don’t know, Brighton is a seaside resort on the south coast of England. Also in which is part of the city of Brighton & Hove located approximately 47 miles from London. So what brought me here? I’ve always wanted to road trip everywhere when passing my driving my test it gave me some great freedom to create some amazing journeys, and take some time out of life. me and Lydia decided this would be the place to chill and have good memories.
After a long tiring weekend of working after finishing work on Monday 26th February we packed up the car with our bags and travel journals and filled up and the road trip started! ☺ We had a few places in mind in which we wanted to visit but we figured the rest out as we went along. In the Saxon times Brighton was originally named by ‘Brighthelmston’ this was just a speck on the map in which was home for a few families of both fishermen and farmers. However in 1750 things took a change after Richard Russell who is a physician from Lewes, began expounding the health benefits of sea water. This then saw visitors from London flooding in and since then the popularity flood has never stopped.
Brightons buildings and history
The aquarium Brighton.
This photo was taken in the late 1920’s of the aquarium, Brighton. This was the world’s oldest operating aquaruim. Although, being the first recreational aquaruim anywhere in the country costing approximately £133,000 to build, today that would be £5.5 million. When this opened it was credited recognition for its outstanding piece of architecture as it was constructed under the ground. Morethough, the original design was meant to include towers and turrets but these weren’t built or put in place because it was felt that they’d spoil the sea views.
The photo above is what the sea life centre looks like today. The interior today is still beautiful and amazing. SEA LIFE Brighton was built in 1872 and features 3,500 mesmerising creatures including inquisitive rays and intelligent octopus. Here at SEA LIFE Brighton you can see them all – from the curious and the rescued to the rare and the enigmatic. And you’ll be able to get closer to them than ever before.
The Bedford hotel/Holiday Inn.
The Bedford Hotel was one of the finest on Brighton seafront. It was designed by Thomas Cooper, who also planned the Town Hall, and opened in 1829. It was patronised by many celebrities including Charles Dickens and a plaque to him was unveiled there last year to emark the 200th anniversary of his birth.Sadly and suspiciously, the hotel was destroyed by fire in 1964 and two people were killed. A preservation order was being discussed at the time. It was replaced by an ugly building, half hotel and half apartments. Once a Hilton, it later became a Holiday Inn.
This was brightons first large hotel for more than 50 years when it was built by the AVP group, owned by post- war business tycoon Harold Poster. Who is Harold Poster? He is a controversial business man in which had a past within Brighton. However, with him having the ability to not only invest and redevelop hotels within Brighton he was of a big help, achieving Brighton to become a fashionable destination for both the rich and famous.
Today below in these photos this is what the Holiday inn previously called the Hilton West pier and the stakis Bedford looks like today. I was so impressed at the price I paid for this the room was immaculate beautiful balcony view looking straight across to the pier and seafront. Couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful hotel to stay at and I’d definitely recommend this to anyone thinking of travelling to Brighton.
This is the most beautiful and unique vanstsnf in which is locared directly on the vibrant seafront of Brighton. Built in 1884, not only is this the oldest bandstand still surviving within sussex, there were thirty-six bandstands now only 9 remain.
Brighton & Hove’s historic seafront bandstand re-opened in summer 2009, having undergone a major restoration project to return the building to its Victorian splendour. The deck of the bandstand is used for regular concerts, whilst the base of the building has been converted into a café with an al fresco area. A programme of Sunday afternoon concerts, featuring a wide range of musical entertainment is lined up every summer, running from August to September. The bandstand is also licensed for marriages and civil partnerships.
Brighton palace pier.
Brighton Palace Pier is a 1,722ft long Victorian pier, located in the heart of Brighton and Hove’s 8 miles of coastline. Furthermore, this is the last existing pier within Brighton in total previously there was five. This one in particular has survived numerous seaside shocks and is the world’s most recognisable pier. This was built between 1891 and 1899, to replace the chain pier, the old pier near enough ruined it’s replacement when it collapsed during a horrendous storm in 1896 and it’s debris collided into the new pier. Although parts of the chain pier that deliberately ended up on the palace pier.
The palace pier was first lit up on its opening day of 3,000 lights in 1899. In 1914 a shocking discovery was noticed, the Palace pier risked being lit by a different type of light as the surrounding area was defensively mined, the German navy then tried to invade. It was then mined again during the second world war where drastic explosions caused extensive damage to it’s land. By the 1940’s the Palace pier had become the second home of the aquarium clock tower, moved in 1929 where it remains at the entrance of the Pier today. Below shows the ghost train fire on the pier which occurred in 2003. And a picture of what it looks like today.
The Royal Pavillon
The Royal Pavilion has a colourful history stretching back to over 200 years. Built as the seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, it has also served as a civic building, First World War hospital, and has become a true icon of Brighton and the community.
Some of you may ask who is George IV? He was one of Britain’s most fascinating monarchs. George, at the age of 21, had started to suffer from ill-health (no doubt as a result of his extravagant lifestyle). He was advised by his physicians to take to Brighton and benefit from the therapeutic properties of the sea. Brighton was fast becoming a fashionable seaside resort and with George’s arrival, together with accompanying royal entourage and London society followers, the quiet seaside town quickly grew and was soon nicknamed ‘London by the sea’.
On the other hand,In 1787 the House of Commons agreed to clear his debts and increase his income. George then began to transform his Brighton lodging house into an elegant modest villa, the Marine Pavilion, with the help of architect Henry Holland. George had a passion for visual arts and architecture. He was an avid collector of French decorative arts. In architecture he enjoyed oriental styles as well as French neo-classicism and Gothic. From 1802 the Marine Pavilion was exquisitely furnished and decorated with Chinese wallpapers, furniture and objets d’art’.During the First World War, the Royal Pavilion was converted into a hospital for wounded soldiers. It became one of the most famous military hospitals in Britain.
The Pavilion Indian Hospital, 1915
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