Living in Brighton & Hove
What is life like in Brighton & HoveBrighton and Hove is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the UK, renowned for its artistic and cosmopolitan atmosphere. From the pebbles of Brighton beach to the lush green countryside of the South Downs, there is no shortage of places to relax and enjoy.
The city by the sea is famous for its popular entertainment and leisure industry. It has the highest concentration of restaurants, bars and hotels outside of London and fabulous boutique shopping in the North Laine area of the city.
Brighton and Hove is also home to large scale key local employers such as American Express, Bupa and Legal and General. It also boasts one of the fastest growing digital industries in the UK and is renowned as one of the most diverse and welcoming communities anywhere in the country.
Regency squares and terraces are a common feature of the city and they line much of a seafront that is the focal point for many of Brighton's four million annual visitors. The beaches are large and clean and among the most popular in the country.
Life in Brighton and Hove can be energetic and enthralling, but there are also plenty of opportunities to unwind away from the hustle and bustle of the city. A number of large parks are found within its boundaries, while the South Downs is the UK's newest national park and
HistoryBrighton began life as a small fishing village called Brighthelmstone, before developing into a health resort popular with the royal family and other members of the rich and famous in the 18thcentury. Its sea water was thought to have healing properties and people travelled from far and wide to bathe there.
The Prince Regent was one of Brighton's greatest fans and he built the Royal Pavilion, which remains the city's most iconic landmark even today. It was commissioned in 1783 and now houses a museum, art gallery and library.
In the 20th century, Brighton continued to grow as a tourist destination, with Londoners among the most frequent visitors. It also rose in popularity with international tourists and is one of the most popular locations in the UK today.
Over the years, Brighton and Hove has been home to a number of famous people from all walks of life. Chart topper Adele is perhaps the city's most high-profile resident currently, while the world of music is has also been represented by The Kooks, Rizzle Kicks, Nick Cave, Fatboy Slim and his wife Zoe Ball.
Robin Cousins and Chris Eubank are the most famous sportsmen to have lived in the city, while glamour model and television star Katie Price is another to have called Brighton home.
Celebrities living in the area include actors Nick Berry, Patsy Palmer and Steve Coogan, as previously did Cate Blanchett and Sir Laurence Olivier. Even Queen Victoria resided in the city, using the Royal Pavilion as her home until her family expanded and she moved on.
Entertainment, sport and days outNobody living in Brighton will ever be stuck for something fun to do, with a packed calendar of events on offer. The Brighton Festival and Fringe takes place each May and includes hundreds of live music shows, theatre productions and other shows. In October, the Brighton Comedy Festival takes place and sees some of the world’s very best comics perform in the city.
The Pride festival in August is another event that attracts thousands of people to Brighton and Hove, with the city the host for the UK's biggest celebration for the LGBT community.
Brighton Marina is a hub of entertainment, containing a multiplex cinema, bowling complex, casino and shops, not to mention a variety of restaurants and bars.
Sports fans will find plenty of recreation grounds and parks around the city on which to play football, rugby and cricket – and there are hundreds of local teams to sign for. Those who prefer to catch a game can head to the Amex Stadium, home of Brighton and Hove Albion, or Sussex CCC's historic County Ground in Eaton Road, Hove. There is also the Brighton Marathon which takes place every April.
When it comes to taking days out from Brighton, there is a plethora of options. A trip to London is one of the most popular choices and allows individuals to enjoy all the major sights of the capital in a day.
Alternatively, Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures are about an hour away by road and will be a hit with adrenaline junkies. Hastings, around 45 miles along the coast to the east of Brighton, is a history hotspot and can be the destination for a great day trip.
Eating, drinking & shopping
Wherever you look in Brighton and Hove, there are places to eat and drink to suit every taste and budget. More than 400 restaurants are found in the city so nobody living there will ever be short of a dining option.
The city centre has a raft of modern establishments offering a worldwide culinary experience, while there are plenty of independent eateries to be found across the city. It goes without saying that fish and chips by the sea is a hugely popular option, particularly with visitors.
If there is one type of venue that Brighton boasts in even greater number than restaurants, it is pubs and bars. There are in excess of 900 pubs in the city, so there is certainly no reason for anyone to ever go thirsty. These range from traditional locals to trendy bars that are popular with clubbers on a night out.
Shopping is centred on the Churchill Square complex and neighbouring Western Road, where almost all of the UK's major high street names are to be found. The Laines provides a unique and vibrant shopping experience, with its boutiques and specialist stores a huge hit with consumers. In particular, those shopping for jewellery, fashion and food will find plenty to choose from.
Brighton MarinaLocated two miles east of central Brighton, Brighton Marina is a cultural and social haven offering people the chance to escape the city and enjoy beautiful waterside surroundings.
The marina is home to an array of shops, restaurants and bars, as well as a selection of residential properties. Many of the houses and apartments offer ocean views, as well as panoramas over the marina itself and the hundreds of moored yachts based there.
People who opt to live at Brighton Marina – as well as those who visit – will benefit from several entertainment venues, including an eight-screen cinema, modern tenpin bowling complex and casino.
There are also opportunities to take boat trips, sailing experiences and a specialist dive centre that offers diving and snorkelling lessons. There truly is something for everybody at Brighton Marina, including ample berthing and mooring spaces for boat owners.
It is therefore not difficult to understand why so many people choose to live in the area, with properties for sale in Brighton Marina typically attracting plenty of interest. Prospective tenants can also choose from a wide range of properties to rent.
Access to central Brighton is via the main coast road, with the journey typically taking about five minutes by road. Another option is to walk or cycle along the promenade, or take a ride on the famous Volk’s Railway, which is the world’s oldest operating electric railway and runs from the marina to the aquarium.
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Schools & healthcare
Schools for children of all ages are located throughout the city, with several local colleges also in operation to help teenagers continue with further education. Among the leading colleges in Brighton are BHASVIC, Varndean, Blatchington Mill and City College.
Parents seeking a private school for their child could consider Brighton and Hove High School or the prestigious Roedean, which is located on the cliffs to the east of the city.
Brighton is also home to two universities – the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex. Both are well respected and hugely successful institutions offering a wide range of courses and expert tuition.
When it comes to health, the Royal Sussex County Hospital in the Kemp Town area gives everyone confidence that they will be treated quickly and effectively. There are also surgeries and clinics dotted around the city in all of the major residential areas.
Brighton's transport infrastructure is excellent, making it easy for residents to travel by road or rail. The city's main central station offers regular services to London, taking less than an hour to reach the capital. There are also excellent rail links to the west and east.
Drivers are similarly well catered for, with the A23 the main route running north to mid-Sussex and London. The A27 is the primary highway for those travelling west or east.
In the city itself, a comprehensive bus service is in operation, with a large fleet and regular services ensuring it is always quick and easy to reach the city centre and other destinations.
Gatwick Airport is located around 28 miles north of central Brighton, providing locals with ample opportunity to head overseas with ease.