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Brighton was a little fishing village until the Regent Prince built his exotic Royal Pavilion here in 1852. Then the Regency town took off. The prince must have instilled his mark on the town because today it still has a mixture of elegance, eccentricity and a heady wildness. It has a fascinating maze of little streets called THE LANES which are full of antique shops and curiosity shops. There are hundreds of good cafes and restaurants.

It has a long wide promenade, most of which retains the original Regency railings. The pier stretches several hundred feet into the sea which has a funfair, restaurants and dance venues. It has hotels to suit every budget t and good conference facilities. Parking is by voucher or multi storey car park only - TIP: Park in the outskirts or in nearby Hove where parking is generally free.

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Europe's most unusual palace SEE ROYAL PAVILION

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