Brighton & Hove

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Sandwiched between the South Downs and the sea and just 50 minutes from London,
Brighton & Hove has long been a magnet for hip young families.

From the bright lights of the pier to the eclectic shops and street cafés of the North Laines, there's more to this seaside city than carousels and candy floss.

The Royal Pavilion brings a touch of Regency glamour, while the residential pockets of the city, with their annual street parties and local festivals, offer a real sense of community.

Queen's Park and Preston Park are both popular with youngsters, while the curious Booth Museum will enthrall all ages. Learn to windsurf or wakeboard on Hove Lagoon and get a birds-eye view along the coast from the new Brighton Wheel. And if you want to get out of town, in just ten minutes you're in the heart of the South Downs National Park.

So come and say hello to the turtles at the Sealife Centre, eat fish and chips on the pier and paddle in the cool waters of the English Channel. When the sun shines there's no nicer place to be.

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