There are so many great places to see in Brighton that tourists will never drain of places to visit. Spend a whole day or two may not tour all the fascinating places. Here are some of the biggest attractions you should not miss.
The Royal Pavilion
This is truly Brighton's most popular attraction and one of the premier royal palaces in Europe. It is no surprise why the Royal Pavilion was celebrated as the year's tourist attraction in 1995. Every year thousands of tourists put their eyes on the Royal Pavilion for the first time and can only starve for it in awe. Once at George IV, the Royal Pavilion is truly one of the most beautiful buildings in Britain.
All rooms at the Royal Pavilion are decorated with exquisite patterns that fit royalty. The music room is the jewel in the crown. There are nine impressive lotus-shaped chandeliers hanging from that ceiling. The roof itself is a masterpiece of 26,000 scalloped shells.
The Arundel Castle
Arundel Castle is one of the major historical buildings in the south. Situated at the small but beautiful town of Arundel, Arundel Castle is a stunning state-owned mansion whose rich history has links to both Mary, Queen of Scots and Henry VIII.
Earl of Arundel traveled the castle in the latter part of the 1100s. It now contains a magnificent collection of furniture from the 16th century as well as artwork by Van Dyck and Gainsborough. There is also a restaurant and a gift shop on site.
The clock tower in central Brighton, located between Queens Road and West Street, is another famous landmark that has historical links to royalty. The bell tower was built in 1888 to celebrate the golden anniversary of Queen Victoria. Visitors to the bell tower often wonder the exquisite portraits, showing Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, their son Edward VII and his wife.
Brighton is home to many churches and religious buildings as well as one of Europe's leading synagogues.
The Upper Lanes District is home to Brighton and Hove Jewish Congregation, a spectacular structure with a Romanesque facade with round vaulted windows. The interior of the church is dazzling and contains artwork elevated on marble columns and depicting stories from the Old Testament. The Brighton and Hove Jewish Assembly was built in 1874 based on a design by local architect Thomas Lainson.
St Helens Church on the Hangleton Way in Hove was built in the 1100s and is Brighton's oldest building still in use. Its huge walls have ancient religious paintings. The cemetery is remarkable for its interesting tombstones, including the parents of actress Dame Flora Robson.
St. Peter's Church in York Place, the Parish Church of Brighton, is another magnificent religious structure. The church represents one of Britain's earliest Gothic revival churches. The tower is fascinating and its interiors are impressive. The building was built from 1824 to 1828, based on a design by Sir Charles Barry, who would later receive great fame for designing Parliament's house.
The so-called City on the Sea has two famous bridges: Brighton Pier and West Pier. Both have experienced contrasting fate.
Brighton Pier is as popular as ever and serves as a year-round entertainment venue with the largest funfair on the south coast. It has a wide variety of entertainment slots, three bars and a very famous fish and chips restaurant. Brighton Pier is open 364 days a year.
Although an essential part of Brighton's history, the West Pier has been closed to the public since 1975. This once elegant Victorian structure falls up and continues to struggle to survive against the hard elements of nature. West Pier has been granted status I as a historically noted building, reflecting its significance for English history and heritage.
Brighton's statues and monuments
Right next to Brighton Pier is a large and controversial round sculpture that locals fondly refer to as the Seasick Donut. Officially known as The Big Green Bagel, this unique statue was a gift from the mayor of Naples to Brighton. The inhabitants of the city are divided in their regard to the sculpture: they love either it or hate it. The only safest thing is that such a unique sculpture can not be missed.
On the other hand, the locals unanimously take a high regard to the Peace Statue on Kings Road, on Brighton and Hove. The statue shows an angel holding an olive branch and an orb. Although created in 1912 to honor King Edward VII's reign, it has become a well-loved symbol of peace among local residents.
Brighton's two other famous landmarks are Devils Dyke and Body Shop International headquarters.