Seafront Pay And Display
Seafront outer zone
The Madeira Drive hillside is open when conditions permit, usually from 1 November until around 28 or 29 February. From the top of the Madeira lift the hillside falls away towards the sea, with a steep grassy slope strewn with rocks and boulders beyond the lower Granite run. Follow the crowds to Madeira Drive for some seriously good viewing. The best thing about this vantage point is the towering lighthouse perched at the end of the headland.
It’s a magnet during peak season as its beam of light sends voices up and down the line, more about plumbing with Brighton and Hove Life (brightonandhovelife.co.uk). We had a brief chat with the owner, Ivan, who mentioned that they were trying to build a dune between the two drives so that their clients along Madeira Drive, east of the Madeira Lift, could be taxed. All-terrain vehicles and off-road motorcycles . Outer zone access from the Jones Creek Road intersection (1November to 15May) and west of the intersection (1November to28 February).
The three lifts - the Modern Express, Madeira and the Post Office will operate from 8:30 am to 3 pm Tuesday through Friday, and from 8:30am to 2 pm on Saturday. There are fees for parking and riding the tram to Engine House 39 along with a separate fee to ride the lift up Mt. Mulinare to Rendezvous Lodge. These are outlined below. The daily ski pass costs 65 euros from 20 November to 28 February and 55 euros from 16 March to 31 October.
Seafront inner zone
The first houses of distinctive character were built in the promontory zone west of Ferry Road on the northern "Seven Dials" estate (c. mid-19th century) and on the eastern slopes of Black's Hill. The small development of villas called "Royal Terrace" was built in 1845, followed by larger detached housing and terraces (the "Dials", former "Blacksnewtown") around 1850-60. The major centre for development was the tract of land between Kingsway and Western Road (new road from 1856), christened "New Steine".
It is important to remember that at that time much of the area was still open grassland: Victoria Gardens were established at the entrance to Western. New Steine. This early Victorian seafront development is the delight of all visitors to Brighton and a valued historic feature of the town. The New Steine was laid out in the 1830s and many of its buildings have survived, together with some elegant little streets leading off it, and the tall Adelphi Terrace which overlooks the beach and pier.
You want to get a bite to eat? Then Seafront Inner Zone is the spot for you. This is where you can see stalls offering fresh fruits, pastries, and even seafood delicacies. It’s great that this is located right by the boardwalk in Victoria and Albert Cresc. , so you can enjoy your food while taking in the bright sea view. This neighbourhood conserves many aspects of its history and yet, being in the heart of Brighton, it is also a place of change.
Seafront outer zone
If you have never been to Brighton before the chances are that your mental image of it is either what you’ve seen in the movies or perhaps a faded black and white photograph in an old family photo album. Well, that photograph exists and it’s currently hanging in a shop window on the Kingsway just down from the Golden Lion pub. The photo was taken some 30 years ago and shows promenading families enjoying themselves by the seafront.
A small section of the seafront, on a sunny day, would look like any other upmarket resort: shoppers sitting outside cafes, children feeding the swans on the pier. But just two minutes’ walk east underneath the railway line, and there is a different world: a rough council estate where burglaries are commonplace and drug dealing is rife. The seafront outer zone starts not far to the west of Hove Street, where the busy main thoroughfare of Eastbourne BN3 ends.
There is a row of shops here and eventually, beyond that, a short detached residential street that finishes at the West Pier, which is the quaint name given to the pier at the westernmost end of this seafront area. Sandwiched between the town centre and the seafront, this area is home to Hove’s finest restaurants, clubs and pubs. With its central location, it’s a great place to stay in Brighton for quick trips into town.
I was asked to do a fly-on-the-wall documentary on the Brighton and Hove bus company. I decided to take my camera on the number 45 bus, travelling west along the seafront from Brighton to Hove. The locals are mainly young families and students with a bohemian spirit. The neighbourhood is roughly defined north by west from Queens Road to the sea. Seafront outer zone (south). Peak lift-served skiing is from about mid-December to late March or early April.