Facts about Brighton

• Brighton attracts over 8 million tourists from around the globe per year
• £400 million spent by tourists alone per year
• Currently number 6 of top UK cities to visit
• There are over 400 pubs in Brighton
• Brighton has the only Green Party member of parliament
• According to YouGov in 2006 Brighton was voted as the UKs coolest city
• Has been voted as one of the happiest cities in the UK
• Brighton Pier is 1722 feet long
• Brighton is the home to the oldest electric railway in the UK (Volks)
• Home to one of the oldest rugby clubs in the UK
• Brighton has the world’s oldest aquarium, The Sealife Centre
• The Brighton and Hove chess club is the oldest in the UK
• Brighton is often referred to as the gay capitol of the UK
• If there is a full distance race at the Brighton racecourse they have to close a public road and lay turf on the tarmac
• In the doomsday book Brighton was known as Bristelmestune and a rent of 4,000 herring was introduced
• Because of the high density of new media companies in Brighton it is sometimes called silicone beach
• Many ‘celebrities’ live here including, Noel Gallagher, Ralph Brown, Nick Cave, Chris Eubank, Jordan, and Kate Blanchett
• On 28th March 2003 the West Pier built in 1866 burnt down
• In 2009 the London to Brighton Mini rally broke the world record for the longest convoy of Minis with a Guinness-verified total of 1450 cars
• An ultramarathon has been run since 1899 from London Bridge to the Level in Brighton a distance of 54 miles, 198 yards (87.085 km)  (Most finish in under 6 hours).
• Since 1980 £40 million and 650,000 people have taken part in the London to Brighton Bike ride
• There is a half marathon and full distance marathon in Brighton every year
• The Fringe Festival (comedy event) has over 200 venues with over 600 acts
• Churchill Square was built in 1998 and has 85 shop spaces over 3 floors
• The Lanes in Brighton were completed and fully laid out in 1792