BRIGHTON AND HOVE
Located in the middle of a bay in the centre of the Sussex coastline, Brighton and Hove sits, the third largest city, by population, in the south of England, after London and Bristol. It is also Britain’s largest coastal resort with a population of 273000.
It is just 52 miles, and one hour by train, from London, which makes it a popular commuter and weekend break destination.
In the middle ages a sleepy fishing village nestled between the English Channel and the South Downs and was known as Brighthelmstone. It lived a quiet existence but was attacked by the French and burnt down in the middle ages. The village rebuilt itself and was generally located in an area now bounded by East, North and West Streets. The famous Lanes are situated within these boundaries and contain the oldest buildings.
Life continued in this manner until a succession of events, starting at the end of the 18th century, was set in motion.
It began with Dr. Russell, a resident of nearby Lewes, announcing that sea water bathing was good for the health. This made Londoners to start visiting Brighton, as it was now called, to take advantage of this new advice.
The Prince Regent, later King George IV, was one who took up visiting the town. Loving the fairly anonymous life he could live whilst here, he decided to build himself a home here, which eventually turned into the fabulous Royal Pavilion.
With the Industrial Revolution well under way by now, the railways were expanding rapidly. In the early 1840’s a line was constructed from London to Brighton, which released the general public of the capital free to visit the seaside for the first time. These additional visitors needed to be offered services and hotels, shops, entertainments etc. were built. These needed workers to build the infrastructure and to work in the service businesses and so the population expanded rapidly over the next 50 to 100 years.
Due to its favoured location it became a major seaside resort and other industries such as railway engine construction, switch gear manufacturing, clothes factories and other light engineering businesses thrived in the town.
After the second world war the town, like all resorts, initially boomed and then started to decline when the working populations lives improved which meant they could holiday abroad instead of in the UK. Brighton decided to take a major change of direction and built the Brighton Centre to start a boom in attracting conferences, including all the major political parties annual gatherings, and invited and encouraged the University of Sussex to locate in the town.
These two major initiatives allowed the town to thrive and with now two universities keep the town as a young and vibrant place.
With the encouragement of the government, the boroughs of Brighton and neighbour Hove, merged in the 1990’s. Following this, the Queen conferred a Charter of City status in 2002, to celebrate the millennium.
Things to Do
Being a coastal resort city it is expected that there is a great variety of activities to visit and take part in. Among the many attractions are the following:-
Royal Pavilion Estate:
As mentioned above this is the seaside palace built by the Prince Regent, together with the Dome Concert Hall, Pavilion Theatre, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery and Corn Exchange.
The Pavilion, Grade 1 listed, is a fabulous mix of Chinese/Indian/Oriental design and is furnished in period with the time of construction in early 19th century and now with some of the furniture loaned by the Queen.
The Music Room, Banqueting Room and Kitchen are stunning as are all the rooms and there is a tea room and gift shop.
Across the landscaped gardens lie the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery with
areas showing much of local history and interest. There is also a café and gift shop.
The Dome Concert Hall showcases popular artists, middle of the road acts and classical music productions. The Pavilion Theatre is a small venue for local productions. The Corn Exchange is used for exhibitions etc..
Palace (Brighton) Pier:
Sadly, after the demise of the Grade 1 listed West Pier, the city is left with just the one pier. Having said that, this pier is a fun place for children and adults with a varied mix of fun fair, slot machines, children’s rides, gift shops, cafes and bars. Entrance and deck chairs are free and is very pleasant just to stroll along on a fine day.
A mile to the east of the pier lies the Marina, the largest man made marina in Europe. From here various boat rides can be taken to view the city and coast and fishing can be enjoyed from the harbour walls and hired boats.
Also to be enjoyed are the bowling alley, cinemas and casino. Many bars, restaurants and shops are located within the marina complex.
A good number of bus services from across the city terminate at the marina.
The first electric railway in the world connects the Brighton Palace Pier and the Marina.
Sea Life Centre:
A good range of marine creatures are on view in this splendid venue, which is located in the city centre opposite the pier. The building started life as the first aquarium in the world.
Brighton Toy and Model Museum:
A joy for children and their parents. The museum contains a massive range of toys up to the 1960s and some very enjoyable model train layouts. The museum is well located, under Brighton Railway Station. See advert.
In August 2016 the world's tallest vertical cable car opened on Brighton seafront opposite Regency Square. It gives magnificent views of the city, downs and coast.
Just to the east of the pier a new zip wire has been installed for those who seek thrills.
Driving your own car, or taking the service buses, to Devil’s Dyke or Ditchling Beacon, gives fantastic views, from the tops of these hills, of the Weald stretching north towards London.
At Devil’s Dyke there is a pub/restaurant where morning coffee, lunches and dinners can be obtained.
Also very popular with hikers, ramblers and cyclists.
Other places of Interest:
Preston Manor, Booth’s Natural History Museum, Hove Museum and Art Gallery and the village of Rottingdean are also of interest.
can enjoy county cricket, horse racing and greyhound racing, which are all located in the city, and, of course, Premier League football.
From flint cottages in the Lanes area to Regency terraces in Kemp Town and Brunswick Town to Victorian villas to Art Nouveau and Art Deco houses to modern housing and commercial properties, the city has the full spectrum of design. An enormous number of these are Grade 1 or Grade 2 listed.
Brighton and Hove are renowned for their night life with bars and clubs open 24 hours, especially at weekends. West Street, The Lanes and seafront areas are the central points for these venues. Kemp Town is the famous gay area of the city.
The historic Theatre Royal, in New Road, has pre London productions and attracts top stars for their plays and musicals.
The Dome, in Church Street, is an atmospheric concert hall which puts on rock and classical concerts plus ballet and comedy.
The Komedia, located in the North Laines, is a well patronised comedy house, which also contains an art house cinema. Other cinemas are situated on the seafront at bottom of West Street, Brighton Marina and Preston Circus.
The Brighton Centre, on the seafront, attracts top class rock and pop artists and is one of Britain’s major conference centres.
Casinos are located across the city.
The student populations of the two universities in the city add to the vibes.
With a mixed ethnic population, Brighton and Hove has restaurants and cafes that encompasses a very wide range of cuisines. It has establishments to cater for all tastes and price ranges.
The eating locations stretch across the city from Church Road in Hove, Preston Street in west end of Brighton, the Seafront, Lanes, North Laines and the Marina, which has a very concentrated selection of eateries.
The city is a shopping mecca. Department and chain stores are located in Western Road, North Street and Churchill Square Mall.
Independent, boutique and specialist shops can be found in The Lanes, North Laines and East Street in Brighton, and Church Road in Hove.
Throughout the centre of the city are located the top class hotels such as the Grand and Metropole through to budget hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfast establishments. Again, all price ranges from 2 to 4 star accommodations are available. Many pubs also have guest rooms.
The city can be accessed by road, rail and air.
The A23 is the main road into the city from London, Gatwick Airport, the M25 and all points north.
The A27 is the road for entering the city from Lewes, Eastbourne and Hastings in the east and Worthing, Portsmouth, Southampton and Bournemouth from the west.
From the north there is a fast service from London Victoria, London Bridge and Gatwick Airport.
Added to that Thameslink trains operate between Brighton and London St. Pancras (for Eurostar),
Bedford and Cambridge.
On the coast route Brighton is the central focus for trains from Southampton in the west to Ashford, in Kent, in the east. At Ashford a connection to Europe can be made using Eurostar.
Gatwick lies just 30 minutes away from Brighton and Hove by road (A23) and rail and may be an alternative means of transport if travelling from Lancashire, Yorkshire and places further north.
Brighton City and Shoreham airport lies a few miles west of the city but is only viable for private planes.
Brighton & Hove Buses run one of the best and extensive services throughout the city and into the county of Sussex. Stagecoach run a good service along the West Sussex Coast to Portsmouth.
Country wide express coaches operated by National terminate in Pool Valley, in the city centre.
Pick up points are located at Brighton and Hove stations and ranks throughout the city.
Football fans may like to consider Lewes as an alternative location for a base instead of Brighton and Hove. The Amex Stadium is roughly mid way between Brighton and Lewes stations. The town is the County town of East Sussex, has a very historical past and sits on the River Ouse which flows into the sea at Newhaven.
The town is very proud of its Castle, Anne of Cleves House, Architecture, Bon- Fire celebrations on November 5th and the Martyr’s Memorial.
The famous Battle of Lewes saw Simon de Montfort defeat King Henry III which in turn led to the beginning of England’s democracy.
There is a good range of shops, restaurants, pubs and accommodation.
An excellent bus service runs from Brighton and Tunbridge Wells and the station is a junction with lines to and from Gatwick Airport/ London Victoria, Brighton, Eastbourne/Hastings and Newhaven/Seaford.
BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION
Stadium - American Express Community Stadium (The Amex). Falmer.
Year Formed:- 1901
Joined League - 1920
Chairman - Tony Bloom
Manager - Chris Hughton
Current League - Premier League
Phone number - 0844 324 6282
Email address - email@example.com
Fans Forum:- www.northstandchat.com
Brighton and Hove Albion was formed in 1901 and joined the Southern League where they stayed until the Football League, in 1920, formed a 3rd Division. The Southern League clubs relocated to that League. They played their matches at the Goldstone Ground in Hove.
In 1910, Albion being the current Southern League Champions met Aston Villa, the Football League Champions in the Charity Shield, a one of match to establish Champions of England.
Albion did their selves proud by winning 1-0.
From 1920 until 1958 the club remained solely in the Football League Division 3 South. They had varying degrees of success and in the final year of that old Division 3 South they became Champions and were promoted, for the first time in their history, to Division 2. After the 1957/58 season Divisions 3 South and North were re-organised into Third Division and Fourth Division.
The Albion moved back and forth through Division 2 and Division 3 until they were promoted to the top flight, Division 1, in 1979, under the managership of Alan Mullery.
They survived for four seasons in that Division and in 1983 a fairly rare occurrence happened. The club reached the FA Cup Final, for their first and only time, and were relegated in the same season.
The FA Cup Final was against Manchester United at Wembley and the club finished with a creditable 2-2 draw but sadly went on to lose 0-4 in the replay. However, three firsts were achieved in those two matches. Firstly, Albion was the first club to arrive at Wembley by helicopter. Secondly, the aggregate goals of 8 scored is a record for a Cup Final and Thirdly, it was the first time an aggregate crowd of 200,000 attended a Cup Final match.
The drop from the top flight was the start of a steady decline which reached a low point in 1997 when the club was one goal away from relegation out of the League to the Conference. The club survived that scare at the expense of Hereford United.
The backdrop to the decline was bad feeling between directors and fans and in 1997 the Goldstone Ground was sold and the club played their matches at the Priestfield Stadium in Gillingham for two seasons. Eventually the fans wrestled control of the club from the then directors and Dick Knight, a fan, was installed as Chairman.
A very slow recovery began with the club taking over the Withdean Stadium in Brighton and the club clawing themselves out of the Fourth Level, to the Third Level and then straightaway to Second Level. This was a step too far and they returned to the now League 1. In the background the club was seeking a site for a new permanent stadium and eventually a field at Falmer, in the north east of the city, was found.
The chairmanship passed to Tony Bloom, another life long fan, and he funded and got built the award winning American Express Community Stadium, which opened in 2011.
Under the eye of the Uruguayan, Gus Poyet, who was taken on to progress the team forward, the club reached the Championship. Poyet was succeeded by Oscar Garcia, for just one season, when he resigned and Sami Hyypia was appointed. Halfway through Hyppias first season, he was sacked, due to poor results and Chris Hughton was appointed. At the end of season 2015/16, the Seagulls missed out on promotion by 2 goals or 1 point.
After 34 years absence the Seagulls gained promotion to the top flight, Premier League, at end of season 2016/17. They managed to retain that status for season 2018/19.
Charity Shield:- 1910.
No tickets are available at the gate on match days.
Away supporters should purchase from their own club or by contacting BHAFC ticket office.
Home supporters can purchase season tickets or individual match tickets from the ticket office.
Ticket prices vary from match to match so details should be obtained from ticket office.
The ticket office phone number is:- 0844 327 1901
The ticket office email address is:- firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the planning conditions for the new stadium was that the club had to introduce a sustainable transport policy for fans to get to and from the ground on match days.
This resulted in a range of travel options chiefly based on bus Park & Ride and a train Triangle system, together with facilities for cycling and motorcyclists. Limited parking was provided for season ticket holders. Check club's website to ensure this scheme is in operation for your match.
It should be noted that your match day ticket includes the cost of a Park & Ride bus fare, plus service buses 25, 28 and 29.
Three locations for Park & Ride are currently in use. Mill Road, Patcham, which sits adjacent to the crossroads of the A23 and A27, is convenient for those travelling from London or further north, or from West Sussex and beyond. Mithras House, Lewes Road, South Moulsecoomb is suitable for those living in the city centre and those visitors from out of town who are staying in city hotels. Race Course, top of Elm Grove, Brighton is ideal for those living in East Brighton or the East Sussex coastal belt. Check the club's official website to check if there are any time restrictions.
Other than a Park & Ride bus a number of regular service buses can be used to get to
They are route 25 which starts from Palmeira Square in Hove and then via the City Centre, Old Steine, St. Peter’s Church, Lewes Road and Moulsecoomb. This travels to Sussex University and stadium.
Route 23 also goes to the stadium and is useful for those arriving from Whitehawk or Kemp Town to the east of the city centre.
Routes 28/29 take you to the stadium from either Brighton city centre or from Lewes and Tunbridge Wells.
All these routes are also included in your match day ticket from within Brighton & Hove and from Lewes only on the routes 28 and 29.
Home fans also have use of other match day special buses from surrounding areas but those need to be booked and paid for.
A match day ticket also includes the cost of train travel to the stadium within a specific triangle. The boundary for this is Worthing in the west, Haywards Heath in the north and Eastbourne/Seaford in the east. Check the club's official site to check whether any time limits or constraints apply.
Fans travelling by train from North Sussex, Gatwick Airport, Surrey, London and further north can travel to the stadium via Brighton Station and changing to an east coast train to Falmer.
Alternatively a train can be taken via Lewes and changing to a Brighton train for Falmer.
Any train ticket purchased for this route only has to be bought to Haywards Heath. The balance of the train cost is within the match ticket price.
Fans travelling from Worthing, Portsmouth, Southampton and further west can reach the stadium by taking the train to Brighton and changing to an east coast train to Falmer.
Again, a ticket only needs to be purchased to travel to Worthing as the rest of the journey is within match ticket price.
Similarly, travelling from Hastings to Falmer on the east coast you need only to purchase a ticket to Eastbourne as the balance of train ticket cost is in match day ticket price. Seaford to Falmer, via Lewes, is included in match ticket price.
Please note there is no parking for supporters (except season ticket holders) within the environs of the stadium or any adjacent streets for many miles. Those wishing to drive should therefore head for a Park & Ride site described above. Alternatively phone the club to ask if any parking spaces have been made available.
Cycling and Motorcycling:
There are parking facilities at the stadium for these modes of travel.
For further travel enquiries contact the stadium at the phone number and email address under tickets.
The Amex is amongst the newest stadiums in English football and is situated adjacent to Falmer Station and the A27 trunk road in the north east of the city. It opened at the beginning of the 2011/12 season with a winning match against Doncaster Rovers.
The away fans are housed in the South Stand which is the nearest stand to the coach and bus park and furthest from the railway station.
The club have invested to make the experience for visitors most enjoyable. This includes an ale brewed in the visitors own home county, lighting to match away supporters club colours and padded seats. There is a good range of food and drinks, both alcoholic and soft drinks, available at the bars.
Some pre match entertainment is often provided near the club shop.
Public tours are available on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays and last approximately 2 hours. The price is £10 for adults and £5 for juniors and seniors.
At the end of the tour is Dick’s Bar and coffee lounge where drinks and snacks are available.
A visit to the Museum and Superstore can also be incorporated.
For further information contact email@example.com or telephone 0845 8730251.
A new Albion museum is now open in the North Stand and is open on match day mornings and other times during the week. Telephone the club for opening details.
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