Romantic Venues in Brighton

Brighton's strong sense of history combined with its trappings of royalty and great style produces a powerful aphrodisiac that is heady and intoxicating. It is no coincidence that Brighton's most popular places are also its most celebrated romantic spots.

Who has not entertained the notion of being in another time and living another life, especially when your adventure is shared with someone special? Imagine strolling hand in hand through the magnificent castles of Brighton, soaking in their rich history and the sweet glow of royalty. To this romantic fantasy, Brighton's romantic venues add vivid detail.

The Royal Pavilion, Brighton's most popular attraction and winner of Europe's tourist attraction of the year award in 1995, is one of the most beautiful and romantic buildings in the UK. Formerly the home of King George IV, the Royal Pavilion's Oriental interiors and Indian architecture are pleasing to the eye and exude a certain charm and sensuality. All the rooms are elegantly decorated but the most amazing room on the premises is the exquisite Music Room whose ceiling consists of over 26,000 scallop-shaped shells that are lit by nine chandeliers in the form of lotus.

The Arundel Castle, located in the small but lovely town of Arundel, is another great historical building that reeks of romance. It is a fabulous stately manor whose rich history has links to both Mary, Queen of Scots, and Henry VIII. Built by the Earl of Arundel during the latter part of the 11th century, the castle now contains a magnificent collection of furniture from the 16th century as well as artworks by Van Dyck and Gainsborough. There are also a restaurant and a gift shop on the premises.

How does your significant other feel about clocks? The Clock Tower at central Brighton, located between Queens Road and West Street, is another famous landmark that couples like to explore. Built in 1888 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria, the Clock Tower is another of Brighton's historic structures that has links to royalty. On the inside, visitors will be impressed by the exquisite portraits of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, their son Edward VII and his wife.

Perhaps there is no building in Brighton that is more romantic than its churches. Brighton has many churches and religious buildings as well as one of Europe's premier synagogues.

The upper-class Lanes district is home to the Brighton and Hove Jewish Congregation, a spectacular structure with a Romanesque facade with round arched windows. The interior of the church is dazzling and includes artworks elevated on marble columns and depicting Old Testament stories. The Brighton and Hove Jewish Congregation was built in 1874 based on a design by local architect Thomas Lainson.

Constructed in the 11th century, St Helen's Church on Hangleton Way in Hove is Brighton's oldest building that is still being used. Its huge walls feature ancient religious paintings. The churchyard is noteworthy for its interesting headstones, including that of the parents of actress Dame Flora Robson.

St. Peter's Church in York Place, the parish church of Brighton, is another magnificent religious structure. The church represents one of the UK's earliest Gothic Revival churches. Its tower is mesmerizing and its interiors impressive. The building was constructed from 1824 to 1828 based on a design of Sir Charles Barry, who would later gain great fame for designing the Houses of Parliament.

Unlike many places, Brighton's piers are fun and happy places that are ideal for an enjoyable weekend with your date. Known as the City on the Sea, Brighton has two famous piers: Brighton Pier and West Pier. It is the former that would make a good venue for a date.

The popular Brighton Pier is the biggest funfair on the south coast and a year-round entertainment venue that attracts countless couples whatever the season. It houses a wide array of amusement arcades, three bars and a very famous fish and chip restaurant. Brighton Pier is open 364 days a year. On the other hand, the West Pier has been closed to the public since 1975. This once elegant Victorian structure is literally falling apart and continues to fight for survival against nature's harsh elements. The West Pier has been accorded Grade I status as a historically listed building, reflecting its innate importance to English history and heritage.

Since you're on Brighton Pier, make sure you pay a visit to the Seasick Doughnut, a large and controversial round sculpture that is officially known as The Big Green Bagel. The statue was a gift of the Mayor of Naples to Brighton, but the city folk are split about how they feel for the sculpture: they either love it or hate it.

The ladies will especially like visiting the Peace Statue on Kings Road, on the Brighton and Hove boundary. The statue depicts an angel holding an olive branch and an orb. Although it was created in 1912 to honour King Edward VII's reign, it has become a well-loved symbol of peace among local residents.

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