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ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM - SELF-CATERING / HOLIDAY RENTALS:
A Brief History of Brighton
Brighton is perhaps one of
the nation's favourite seaside towns and has a special place in the hearts
of many. It's famous for its pier, pebbly beaches and naughty comedy postcards.
|Brighton's humble beginnings
however started when the Saxons conquered Sussex in the 5th century AD.
One of them was called Beorthelm and it is thought that the name Brighton
evolved from this Saxon name. Brighton developed throughout the middle
ages despite suffering from coastal erosion which swallowed a great deal
The town was also burned
down by the French in the 17th century however was subsequently rebuilt
thanks to the wooden construction of many of its buildings and began to
flourish afterwards with a thriving fishing industry. The 18th century
really saw Brighton take off and in 1787 the most famous building in Brighton,
the Pavillion, was built for the first time.
|The 19th century saw further
rapid expansion and in 1841 a railway to London opened which made it much
easier for visitors to reach Brighton. By 1848 it was estimated that 250,000
people visited Brighton each year. It was during this period that West
Pier was built in 1866 and Palace Pier in 1899. Brighton saw extensive
damage during the Second World War with 56 air raids causing over 5,000
houses to be damaged or destroyed.
Brighton and Hove was made
a city in 2000 and in December 2002 West Pier partly collapsed when severe
weather hit Brighton. Unfortunately Brighton's other pier, the Palace Pier
was damaged by fire in February 2003 although it has subsequently reopened.
Brighton is thriving today however and has an active scene for clubbers
and party goers. Brighton also sees regular gay pride events due to its
cosmopolitan and diverse culture.
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SELF-CATERING OPTIONS IN EASTBOURNE, SUSSEX, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM:
What To Do When You Visit Eastbourne by Simon Haughtone
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The seaside resort of Eastbourne
has been popular with locals and tourists alike since the Stone Age. It
is close to the famous Beachy Head chalk cliffs, which rise a dramatic
530 feet above the sea level. You may recognize them if you've seen the
film Quadrophenia. Or more recently they were the backdrop to a sketch
in "Little Britain". The cliffs themselves are marked by a prominent lighthouse
to make sure that ships on the busy English Channel keep their distance.
|The main focus of Eastbourne
nowadays is to keep tourists happy. There are four miles of beach, which
is comprised mainly of shingle, and the sea front itself is lined with
a wide range of hotels and guest houses - be sure to book a sea view room
if you want to ensure that you will be able to watch the ocean from your
room when you stay in a hotel in Eastbourne.
As you wander around the
town and surrounding South Downs, you may well recognize areas made famous
by authors such as Lewis Carroll and Charles Dickens, who have made Eastbourne
their home over the years.
Fans of "Little Britain"
may recognize the promenade in the town - the character Emily Howard strolled
along it during various appearances.
The Eastbourne Pier stretches
1,000 feet out to sea and features a camera obscura (a much larger version
of a pinhole camera), which has been on site since Victorian times and
has been fully restored in recent years. Whilst there are no longer any
theatres on the pier - although there are several in the town itself -
the pier caters for a younger crowd with a nightclub and bar instead. The
pier also regularly holds the International Birdman competition as well
as a local raft race where rafters have to get round the pier whilst avoiding
the water cannon that is aiming at them.
|Other events in Eastbourne
include a 4 day international air show - be sure to book your room early
if you stay when this is on. The show normally features the famous Red
Arrows display team as well as holding other flights to commemorate the
Battle of Britain.
History buffs will want to
visit the Redoubt Fortress, which was built to support the Martello Towers
and defend England against Napoleon. More recently, in World War II, the
fortress was used to house Canadian troops before the D-Day landings. Nowadays
the site houses a museum where you can trace its history and see reconstructions
of how it would have looked.
Whenever you decide to visit
Eastbourne, there is a multitude of places to stay. These range from small,
family run hotels and guest houses - often on the seafront, for some quite
spectacular sea views - through to larger hotels. If you are visiting the
town for a specific event, it pays to make sure that your chosen lodging
is close to where the main event is being held if there is still space
available there. That said, there are always regular buses running around
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Located in the prime position
on Eastbourne's seafront, this luxury apartment overlooks The Wish Tower
and Western Lawns making it a spectacular location for the annual Airbourne
display and many other exhibitions such as the Classic Car event or It's
A Knockout. Cross the road and your are on the main promenade with the
Victorian Bandstand where there are open air concerts throughout the year
to suit all tastes from Abba to Military Bands. Further along there is
the Victorian Pier with all the traditional delights for the family including
one of the few Camera Obscuras still in existence. Luxuriously
furnished in a contemporary style with 40 inch LCD television and recordable
DVD player in the open plan lounge. Sleeps 4