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Situated between the sea and the beautiful South Downs, Brighton & Hove is one of the most vibrant and unique cities on the South Coast.
Brighton & Hove is dynamic, cosmopolitan and attracts many musical, artistic and cultural events to suit everyone's tastes. With more restaurants than anywhere outside London, it's a food lover's paradise, with summer evenings spent dining al fresco and watching the world go by or being entertained by some of the wackiest street performers you've ever come across.
The city attracts eight million visitors each year for both business and leisure, giving us much in common with Edinburgh, Berlin, Amsterdam, Barcelona and London. It's a tolerant city; the people here are as diverse as the place itself.
From its outstanding architecture, including the famous Royal Pavilion, to its piers, specialist shops, pavement cafés and vibrant nightlife, everything is in walking distance, or a short bus ride away.
Each May, the three week Brighton Festival, the biggest arts festival in England, takes place offering theatre, dance, music and comedy entertainment.
There are excellent road and rail links, with London City, Gatwick and Heathrow Airports all within easy reach. The nearby ports of Newhaven and Folkestone offer easy access to France. As well as an extensive bus network, Brighton & Hove also promotes healthy and environmentally friendly travel including cycle lanes across the city.
With 75 schools, three colleges of further education, two universities and 30 language schools, the city has a reputation as an educational powerhouse. It's also a shopper's paradise, from the quirky shops in the bohemian North Laine to antiques and jewellery in the Lanes and the modern Churchill Square shopping centre with its popular high street stores.
Find out more about Brighton; go to our VisitBrighton website