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Anyone who visits Brighton is in for a treat. This is a completely unique seaside destination that promises a great time, no matter what your interests are. Whether you love history and heritage or just want to have as much fun as you possibly can, just head to Brighton!

Brighton is renowned for its tolerance and is welcoming to people no matter what their background or sexuality. Indeed, Brighton has gained a very good reputation amongst the gay, lesbian and transgender community for being a very friendly resort with plenty of places that specifically cater for them.

There are a numerous gay pubs and clubs and these tend to be located towards the east of the main railway station and down to the seafront. The very popular Charles Street club is located opposite Brighton Pier and is arguably the most well known gay venue in this bohemian city. Brighton Dome is also popular if you’d like to make a pilgrimage to the place where Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974.

All of Brighton’s hotels are happy to accommodate visitors, regardless of orientation. However, if you prefer to stay in a gay-owned establishment, there are plenty to be found within Kemp Town, which is locally known as ‘Brighton’s Gay Quarter’.

Shoppers are spoiled for choice in this bustling city. There are all the main High Street chains that you would expect to find, but if you are looking for something different, Brighton is hard to beat. There are many independent shops that sell everything from flags and banners to designer clothes and shoes. There are plenty of vintage outlets here too, so that you are guaranteed to find something completely unique.

Brighton is very proud of its reputation for being an inclusive city. The annual Pride event grows and grows each year, attracting people from both the gay and straight community. Pride takes the form of a huge, energetic parade, followed by a party that runs late into the evening. It really is a memorable occasion that you will want to return to year after year.

Many couples are now choosing Brighton as their preferred setting for their Civil Partnership. There are so many registered venues for the happy event that you will be spoiled for choice. Anything from the height of culture to whacky and fun is an option. Brighton is guaranteed to make your Civil Partnership perfectly glorious.

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