Although today Brighton has plenty of attractions for tourists, the visitors started going there in 1730 when all there was, was a fishing village and 8 miles of pebble beaches. At that time visitors would go there because the beaches afforded them easy access to the sea which they believed bathing in could heal them of many illnesses. Later it also received visitors that were on their way to the continent as some boats would leave from there to go to France. It wasn’t until the Prince Regent, who later became King George IV, took a liking to Brighton and so built the Royal Pavilion there; that people started to visit Brighton for breaks from the city. The fishing village started to grow with rows of Georgian style houses appearing and this trend continued into the Victorian era when the West pier and the Brighton Palace Pier were built along with the Grand Hotel to accommodate the increasing numbers of visitors. The Pavilion, Piers and Grand Hotel remain attractions today but of course, with today’s 8 million visitors each year, many more have been added and those include amusements, parks and of course a great number of restaurants and bars. Visitors today can also make the most of a professional Brighton chauffeur and take drives into the beautiful Sussex countryside to not just enjoy the scenery but also to visit one of the many castles, forts or country houses that are scattered around southern England. These chauffeurs, a luxury alternative to a cab, can also provide comfort whilst transferring from one of London’s airports to your accommodations in Brighton at surprisingly cheap rates.
Although Brighton has been popular with day trippers from London since the introduction of the railway to Brighton in 1841, more recently it is foreign tourists that are swelling the number of visitors and it has now become Britain’s most popular seaside destination for foreign tourists. Just as Brighton is popular with Londoners because it is easily accessible, foreign tourists probably like its easy accessibility from London’s International airports but apart from that Brighton has enough attractions to keep all visitors happy for either a day trip or a vacation.
Brighton continues to grow in size and in 1997 it joined with nearby Hove to become known as Brighton and Hove which increased the population from Brighton’s 273,000 to Brighton and Hove’s over 400,000. This paved the way for Queen Elizabeth II, in 2000, to officially make Brighton and Hove a city. Over Brighton’s history it has had several claims to fame and one of them was the controversial Cliff’s Beach becoming Britain’s first naturist’s beaches and although it may have been controversial at the time, it is still a nudist beach to this day. More recently still, Brighton decided to demolish its Black Rock Beach to make room for a marina. Although this may not have been a popular decision to everybody, it is certain to bring still more visitors to Brighton as it will be one of the largest marinas in Europe.