As the major railway station in Brighton and Hove, Brighton Station is one of the main destinations for passengers travelling to the south coast from London or surrounding areas. Brighton Station dates back to 1840, initially linking Brighton to Shoreham-by-Sea along the coast and before long it connected to the nearby town of Lewes. In September 1841, trains began travelling between Brighton Station and London Bridge station. Today Brighton Station is one of the busier railway stations in the UK, with over 16 million recorded entries and exits between April 2011 and March 2012. It is particularly popular with tourists, day-trippers and weekend holiday makers wanting to spend some time in the unique, liberal and multicultural town of Brighton.
The original passenger station was built by London and Brighton Railway, designed by David Mocatta in 1839–40. The building is still there today, but more recent developments now dominate the site. One of the notable features of the station is the glass and iron roof covering the platforms, providing an overall protective shelter from wind and rain.
The front of Brighton Station is served by a taxi rank and multiple bus connections to within and beyond the Brighton and Hove conurbation. There is a tunnel leading on to Trafalgar street, parallel to the front of the station and the large Queen's road leads down towards the seafront. Passengers intending to visit the beach need only walk a short way (less than 10 mins) from Brighton Station.
Live departure boards and live arrival boards are provided near the train platforms. These can also conveniently be checked above. For quick access, simply bookmark this page.
There are many reasons for visiting Brighton by train from nearby towns and cities. Brighton offers an active seafront environment, with many sporting options including kite-surfing, volleyball, sailing and table-tennis (ping-pong). There are many fish and chip stalls, ice cream shops and stands, perfect for enjoying sunny weather in the summer. Also not far from Brighton Station is the famous Brighton Pier.
The pier boasts a range of entertainments including two large arcade halls, food outlets and a small fun fair at the very end of the pier. You can ride the dodgems, take a tour of the haunted house, take a ride on the roller coaster or be shot high into the air and flip upside down on the Booster!
Another attraction you can visit after arriving at Brighton Station is the famous Brighton Wheel. Riding the wheel gives you a stunning view of Brighton's most noted landmarks and a panoramic view of the coastline.
Once night falls, there is a fantastic range of pubs, bars and clubs on and around the seafront and throughout the town. Whatever your musical taste you can find something that suits your taste.
So what are you waiting for, get your train tickets down to Brighton Station now!
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