Brighton Electric Railway
Volks Electric railway was built in 1883 and it is Britain’s oldest electric railway. It is running for 1.75 miles along the top of the beach from the Aquarium Station near Brighton Pier to the Marina.
Starting point: Place Pier,next to Brighton Wheel
Finishing point Black Rock, Marina
First train is running at 10:15 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and on Public Holidays and at 11:15 on Tuesday and Friday. Last train is running at 17:00 from Monday to Friday and at 18:00 during the weekend and on public holidays. Trains are going in 15 minutes period.
285 Madeira Drive
Telephone: +44 (0)1273 292718
Fax: +44 (0)1273 292719
Child single fare – £1.00
Adult single fare – £1.90
Family (2+4 or 1+6) – single £4.00
Child return fare – £1.50
Adult return fare – £3.00
Family (2+4 or 1+6) – return £6.70
There is a residents type of single ticket available for £1 first Saturday of each month. Proof of residence is required. There is as well school booking available.
The Railway is open between April and September.
Unfortunately it is now closed for this season (2011) and will be re-open on Easter 2012.
The ‘Wheel of Excellence‘
The newest attraction in Brighton – Brighton Wheel, going 50 metres in height above sea level is already open. Outstanding views over the city from 36 enclosed glass gondolas with air condition including one VIP gondola. Gondola can hold up to 6 adults and 2 children. The wheel is located right on the seafront next to the legendary Brighton Pier.
The ‘Wheel of Excellence‘ will offer breath-taking panoramic views of the sea, surrounding architecture and landmarks. Providing an optional commentary guided tour of the heritage of Brighton & Hove. Attraction is open from 10:00 in the morning seven days a week. Tickets are available in wheel ticket office and they will be available on-line very soon.
Child 4-16 years £6.50
Child 1-3 years £2.00
Infants under 1 year FREE
Family Ticket 2 Adults – 2 Children £25.00
Private Hire Max 6 Adults – 2 Children £45.00
VIP Max 4 Adults £55.00
VIP + Champagne 1/2 bottle £75.00
- The developer of the Brighton Wheel is Paramount Attractions.
- The cost – £6 million.
- It can carry up to 200 visitors.
- There was about 30 part-time and full-time jobs crated.
Truly fantastic experience with excellent views over the city of Brighton. This really is a “must do” on your visit.
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Brighton Pier – History
Brighton Pier is probably the most popular and visited attraction in Brighton. It is as well known as The Place Pier or Brighton Palace Pier.
Built in 1823 Brighton Pier was an Old Chain Pier which was used as a landing stage for passenger boats which sailed from Dieppe, France. The Pier was hit by many storms in a 10 year period causing damage and finally the pier was sold to Marine Palace & Pier Company in 1889.
In December 1889 the pier was destroyed in a storm. Brighton Palace Pier was finally opened in a big ceremony on the 20th May 1899 costing 27,000 to build.
Pier was the first in the country which introduced new vision of gaming and rides.
A concert hall was opened two years later and then this had become a theater. The Palace Pier carried on introducing more entertainment facilities which includes a bandstand. The bandstand was the stage for free concerts in summer.
For national security measures The Palace Pier was closed in May 1940.In 1984 major changes were presented such as free admission, free deck chairs, new food outlets on and a traditional fish & chips restaurant.
At the present there are 67,000 lights on Brighton Pier and most of them have been changed over for long life, energy saving bulbs.