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Brighton is the major part of the unitary authority of Brighton and Hove. It began to grow during the 18th century, when Londoners sought the restorative powers of bathing in the sea.
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Brighton is the major part of the unitary authority of Brighton and Hove. It began to grow during the 18th century, when Londoners sought the restorative powers of bathing in the sea. It grew even more once a rail line was installed, making it possible to take day trips from London.

Now, Brighton is much more than a health resort on the English Channel. Many people in new and digital media have moved from London to Brighton, preferring the laid-back atmosphere by the sea to the frantic pace of the capital. American Express's European headquarters is in Brighton, and it is the largest private employer in Brighton.


In 2011, Brighton and Hove had about 273,000 people living there. About 88% of the population are white, 4% are Asian, almost 4% are of a mixed ethnic origin, about 1.5% are black and 1.5% have another ethnic background.

There are more children aged 15 and younger is Brighton and Hove than there are those aged 65 and over. Those aged 15 and under make up 16.3% of the population, while those aged 65 and over make up 13.1%. Those percentages are both lower than the proportions across England. The population of those aged 18-44 in Brighton is higher than in England as a whole (46.3% compared to 36.9%, respectively), suggesting the city is more attractive to university students and young adults than to retirees.


Brighton has a great selection of primary schools, most of which are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted. St Paul's Church of England Primary School and Nursery is rated outstanding as is Downs Junior School.

As for secondary schools, Dorothy Stringer School is rated outstanding, whilst independent schools like Brighton College and Bellerbys College Brighton also have great exam performances.

Brighton also has two universities, the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton, which run a medical school jointly.


Brighton has excellent transport links throughout the south of the country. The A23 and A259 are the two major arteries out of the city. The A23 connects Brighton to London, and the A259 runs across the southern coastline from Hampshire to Kent via Brighton.

Many train lines terminate in Brighton railway station. Lines run to London Victoria, Gatwick and Luton airports, Bristol, Wales and local stations like Shoreham-by-Sea and Lewes.

Buses run regular services throughout the city and the surrounding areas, and all-night and late night services run in areas popular with night owls.

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Sometimes called London-on-the-sea, Brighton has a plethora of things to do and see.

Museums and galleries

The Brighton Museum and Art Gallery features artworks and historical artefacts from the surrounding area. These include the Hove amber cup, an important Bronze Age artefact, the mummified body of an ancient Roman and a Kinemacolour camera made sometime around 1910. The Booth Museum of Natural History and the Brighton Toy and Model Museum entertain children of all ages, and the Royal Pavilion is dedicated to the Regency period.

Venues and theatres

Brighton seems to have a theatre or a music venue in every corner of the city. The Brighton Centre, Brighton Dome and the Concorde2 are some of the biggest venues in the city. The Old Market, also known as TOM, is a venue that hosts cabaret, theatre, music and more. Latest Musicbar is a music venue a few steps from the beach. Komedia is a theatre hosting plays, comedy, jazz and world music and cabaret, with a restaurant serving meals before the entertainment. The Basement puts on experimental performances and innovative theatre.


Brighton hosts festivals throughout the year. The Brighton Festival features an artists' open house, the Children's Parade and special exhibitions and theatre programmes. Running alongside the Brighton Festival is the Brighton Festival Fringe. It was set up to promote local talent and can include anything from concerts to street performances. The Great Escape is a live music festival, and the Soundwaves Festival highlights music composed in the 21st century. Burning the Clocks is a winter solstice festival, and Brighton Pride celebrates the LGBT community.

LGBT community

Brighton is often considered the gay capital of the UK. Over 3% of legal relationships in Brighton are civil partnerships, the highest proportion in the country. Its Pride celebration attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Many equality organisations are based in Brighton, including Gender Trust, which helps transgendered people and the Allsorts Youth Project, which supports young people who are gay, bisexual, transgendered or unsure of their sexuality, and the Brighton Ourstory Project, aiming to preserve the history of the gay community in Brighton and Hove.


Brighton and Hove Albion F.C. historically played in the city, but the team is now based just to the east of Brighton in Falmer. The Sussex County Cricket Club plays in Hove. The Brighton Football Club plays rugby union league in Brighton.

Brighton loves a good race. The Brighton Speed Trials, one of the world's oldest motor races, takes place on the seafront. There's Brighton Racecourse for horse racing and a greyhound racetrack at Hove.

There are plenty of sports taking advantage of Brighton's proximity to the sea, too. There are yachting clubs, a diving centre and sailing organisations plus two competitive swimming clubs, the Brighton SC and the Dolphin SC.


The shopping in Brighton upholds the fiercely independent vibe of the city itself. The Lanes are the series of narrow alleyways by the sea that are stuffed with jewellery shops, clothing boutiques, antiques stores, restaurants and pubs. Just to the north of these is the North Laine which mostly has independent, avant-garde shops, cafes and theatres.

Churchill Square is the indoor shopping centre in the city centre. It has 80 shops, including Apple, Ernest Jones, Debenhams and Zara.

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