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Royal Pavillion, Brighton

A step in any direction from your Brighton hotel and you’re close to the shingly beach, the winding shopping lanes and the glorious mock-Indian Royal Pavilion.

Historic Brighton

You can snatch glimpses of Brighton’s emblematic Pavilion as you trot down North Street, warming you up for Prince George’s lavish interior of chinoiserie decor. The ravaged beauty of the Grade I-listed West Pier glitters at sunset when the starlings swoop between its defunct ironwork. Explore Preston Manor whose 20 renovated rooms evoke a gentler Edwardian age.

Art and museums in Brighton

Peruse fashions from the Regency period to the 21st century at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery within the Pavilion estate or take the kids to the Wizard’s Attic at Hove Museum and Art Gallery, a treasure trove of old teddies, dolls and games.

Quirky things to do in Brighton

At Stanmer on the outskirts, the Earthship Brighton showcases cutting-edge eco-friendly methods and looks like a Star Trek starter home in Tellytubby Land. Visits inspire green living, supposedly.

Events in Brighton

If you’re blinded by ostrich feathers and pink satin sequinned outfits, it’s Gay Pride weekend. Every August, Brighton hotels fill up for the parade which winds its way to Preston Park for the mother of all carnivals. The Children’s Parade kicks off the Brighton Festival in May, when bucketloads of artistes deluge the city.

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Attractions in Brighton:

A view of the croquet lawn at Preston Manor, Brighton. Courtesy of Royal Pavilion, Libraries and Museums
Preston Manor

Opening times:
Tue-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 2pm-5pm Apr - Sep 2013; not Mon (annual)

Groombridge Place Gardens & Enchanted Forest, Tunbridge Wells. Courtesy of Heart of Kent/
Groombridge Place Gardens & Enchanted Forest

Opening times:
Daily 10am-5.30pm/dusk Mar - Nov 2013 (annual)

Pashley Manor Gardens; courtesy of Pashley Manor Gardens
Pashley Manor Gardens

Opening times:
Apr-Sep: Tue-Thu & Sat 11am-5pm
Oct: Mon-Fri 10am-3pm Apr - Sep 2013; Tue, Wed, Thu, and Sat only (various dates)

Chiddingstone Castle, Tonbridge. Courtesy of Darryl Curcher/Pennington PR
Chiddingstone Castle

Opening times:
Sun-Wed 11am-5pm (last entry 4.15pm) Apr - Sep 2013; Mon, Tue, Wed, and Sun only (annual)

Penshurst Place and Gardens, Kent. Courtesy of Heart of Kent/
Penshurst Place and Gardens

Opening times:
28 Feb-27 Mar: Sat & Sun 10.30am-6pm (house 12pm-4pm)
28 Mar-1 Nov: daily 10.30am-6pm (house 12pm-4pm) Feb - Mar 2013; Weekends only (various dates)

What's on in Brighton:

Brighton Comedy Festival

Dates Open:
07/10/2014 to 22/10/2014

Brighton Comedy Fringe

Dates Open:
11/10/2014 to 07/11/2014

Fiery Food UK

Dates Open:
17/09/2014 to 17/09/2014

Tina C

Dates Open:
28/06/2015 to 28/06/2015
28/12/2014 to 28/12/2014
25/01/2015 to 25/01/2015
29/03/2015 to 29/03/2015
26/10/2014 to 26/10/2014
28/09/2014 to 28/09/2014
26/07/2015 to 26/07/2015
26/04/2015 to 26/04/2015
30/11/2014 to 30/11/2014
30/08/2015 to 30/08/2015
31/05/2015 to 31/05/2015
22/02/2015 to 22/02/2015

Courtesy of Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival
Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival

Dates Open:
07/09/2014 to 16/09/2014

Sheet music. Photo by Bree Hogg, © Whatsonwhen
Brighton Early Music Festival

Dates Open:
17/10/2014 to 02/11/2014

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