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Brighton Journal | June 25, 2019

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Must do things in Brighton

Must do things in Brighton
Hannah Midgley

Brighton is one of the best places in the United Kingdom for a weekend away. It is a vibrant, friendly, and historic place to travel to or live.

Along with having beautiful sea-side scenery and friendly people, there is an array of activities that people who are visiting should partake in while they are visiting the city.

Brighton Palace Pier

Widely considered as the best pier that has ever been built; it first opened to the public in 1823. When the pier first opened its primary use was for passenger ships from Dieppe, France. People who wished to walk along the pier needed to pay a concession fee of 2 pence, and from here the visitors could walk along the pier and purchase souvenirs, food and drink. However, the original structure of the pier was destroyed in 1834 but was officially re-opened in 1899.

In 1907 the concert hall on the pier opened before the structure was awarded status as a Grade II building in 1971. Nowadays there are various amusements along the pier, a big well and a massive 67,000 lights to illuminate the pier; making is visible even in the gloomiest of winter days.

Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

The museum first opened its doors for visitors in November 1861, by Richard Owen who was the founder of the Natural History Museum. The very first displays on show here revolved around natural history, the town’s art collection, and various worldwide artefacts found by residents of Brighton. The success of the museum was unexpected, and the location of the building was required to move for a more significant museum. In 1873 the building where the museum stands to this day was opened, along with a public library. In doing so, it also became the first purpose-built museum in the country.

Most recently, the museum undertook a £10 million makeover. The entrance was moved to the Royal Pavilion, while the galleries were designed to provide a new interpretation. Along with this, there was better accessibility for disabled visitors and a classroom built for educational purposes. The most popular exhibition currently at the museum is ‘Queer Looks’. The exhibit truly embraces the relationship between Brighton and the LGBT community.

Rendezvous Brighton Casino

Ideally situated on the seafront you will find one of the most extensive casinos in the region. The Rendezvous Casino offers two floors of professional gaming with a uniquely friendly atmosphere. There is every base covered in terms of gaming entertainment; with slot machines, table games and poker on offer to cover all tastes.

The casino is open 24/7 every day of the year- excluding Christman- and also boast one of the best restaurants in the city, in the form of the Waterside. The eloquent bar also offers fantastic offers, such as special prices on multiple bottles of beers and champagne between noon and midnight on Fridays. Meanwhile, if you prefer to stay in and enjoy your online gaming in the comfort of your own home, you should discover NoviBet. You can try them here.

British Airways i360

The best way to see any significant city is from the sky. Brighton offers the eccentric BAi360 to allow visitors to see the skyline of the beautiful city from 450ft in the air. This is done through jumping on board a giant glass viewing pod, which gently rises to the sky. You can see the coast stretching out across the horizon, and experience all the majestic artwork on the tops of roofs.

Once on board, you can buy beverages such as local beer from Harvey’s Brewery, or a famous Brighton Gin. It is the perfect opportunity to get any touristy pictures of the city while feeling like a VIP. The flights last for around 25 minutes and depart every 30 minutes.

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