Things to Do in Brighton
This seaside palace of Prince Regent (George IV) was transformed from a converted farm house by John Nash between 1815 and 1822, into one of the most stunning and original pieces of architecture in Britain. Many of the pieces that were removed by Queen Victoria have been returned or replaced and some of the furniture and original art works have been lent by Her majesty the Queen. The Royal Pavilion is home to some of the finest collections and examples of the chinoiserie style in Britain. The splendour of the banqueting room hits you the moment you walk through the door with its 1 ton chandelier hanging from the jaw of a massive dragon cowering in a plantain tree dominating the room. The music room, which reduced George to tears when he first saw it, has a dome lined with more than 26,000 gilded scales. In contrast you can climb the stair case with its bamboo-look banisters and enter the sober and rarely used bedroom of Queen Victoria. Look out for the carpet that appears to be strewn with flowers too! The palace is open daily, all year.
Volks Electric Railway
Opened in 1883, this is the world’s oldest operating electric railway. Invented by Magnus Volk, the Volks Electric Railway is a narrow gauge railway that runs for just over a mile along the seafront, between the Aquarium station (near the Pier) and the Marina, at 15 minute intervals. The railway does not run in winter or in bad weather.
Brighton pier, originally was an Old Chain Pier and was used as a landing stage for both commercial and passenger ships. The owners, realising its potential started charging and entry fee and introduced some kiosks selling souvenirs and confectionery along side fortune tellers and entertainment stalls. It has been hit by many storms, the worst in 1889 destroyed it, after which it was re built in its entirety. Today there are 67,000 lights illuminating the pier (mostly long life energy saver bulbs) and the latest video games, rides, and retail shops keep the pier as much a popular attraction as it ever has been.