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Brighton is well known for its beaches, pier and nightlife, but did you know….
1. The UK’s Jedis love Brighton.
The 2001 census revealed that the majority of Jedis in the United Kingdom live in the Brighton and Hove area. They may not have lightsabers or be able to use the Force, but they do try and live by the moral codes that the Jedi from Star Wars followed. Don’t be surprised if you come across a few robed figures roaming the streets of Brighton!
2. The Dark Side of the Moon made its debut in Brighton.
In 1972, one of the most iconic and influential albums in the world was debuted in Brighton. The Dark Side of the Moon, which is arguably Pink Floyd’s most famous album, was premiered at The Dome in Brighton. Even today, the albums artwork is instantly recognisable.
3. The elm trees in Preston Park are incredibly old.
The elm trees that reside in Brighton’s Preston Park are the oldest of their kind in Europe (and possibly even the world!). Estimates have placed the trees at around 400 years old.
4. Brighton is the food capital of Britain.
Foodies love Brighton. This comes as no surprise considering the fact that the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival was rated by the New York Post as one of the best food festivals in the world in 2012. Yum!
5. Britain’s first nude beach was in Brighton.
Fancy a spot of skinny dipping? Well, if you venture to Brighton you will be in luck! The first ever naturist beach in Britain was opened in Brighton in 1979, and is officially known as the Cliff Bathing Beach.