It is no surprise that so many people come to Brighton to improve their English. Brighton is a seaside town situated 80km from London with good rail links to the capital. The train journey takes one hour with trains running regularly. London Gatwick airport is also very convenient with trains taking approximately 20 minutes. Brighton has a population of 275,000 people, with the number of elderly being less than the national average. There is an eclectic mix of people who live in Brighton and make the city the exciting, cosmopolitan place it is. On one side the city is surrounded by the sea and on the other side there is the beautiful South Downs National Park. The Park consists of 627 square miles of hills, forests, valleys and open grassland. It spreads from Eastbourne to Winchester and is perfect for walking and cycling. The Park is easy accessible from Brighton by car or bus.
A brief History of Brighton
Brighton is a vibrant, colourful, creative city full of exciting things to see and do and amazing places to eat and drink, but it wasn’t always like this. The city started life as a small fishing village called Brighthelmstone. People started visiting the city in the 1700’s to drink and bathe in seawater, a supposed cure for illness which was promoted by Dr Richard Russell. The beautiful Georgian terraces on the seafront began to be built in the 1780’s as Brighton became a more attractive place to visit. The Prince Regent, who later became George IV, gave the town his seal of approval when he had the Royal Pavilion built. During his life he spent much of his time enjoying an extravagant lifestyle in Brighton and there are many stories about his decadent behaviour. Other fashionable people followed him to Brighton and laid the foundations for making it the city it is today. Following the development of the railway in the 1840’s Brighton became a popular holiday destination for Londoners and has continued to attract visitors ever since.