Brighton's History

300 years of history

Brighton is full of history to explore, and over the past 300 years has become one of the UK’s most interesting and dynamic small cities.

Brighton’s modern history began in the mid 1700′s when it gradually changed from a simple fishing village into a newly-established health resort. Its new status was confirmed in 1783 when the Prince Regent came to the town to ‘take the waters’. The Prince, who became King George IV, chose to spend much of his time in the town and built the world-famous Royal Pavilion palace over the next 20 years.

This made Brighton very fashionable and the town developed its distinctive architectural style over the next decades. Brighton became one of England’s most popular seaside resorts and remains so today.

In 1841 the railway arrived in the town bringing tourists from London. Brighton continued to develop as a tourist destination, with grand hotels, restaurants and shops. The city’s two piers were built in the late 1800′s.

Fact File

  • Royal Heritage Brighton's modern history begins with the building of our Royal Palace

  • 'Regency' Brighton In the 1700s and early 1800s Brighton became a high-class seaside resort

  • Modern Brighton Brighton is now a cosmopolitan city less than an hour from London