I’ve been to Brighton more times than I can count now, having stayed in a seafront hotel on my 18th birthday and enjoyed nights out on the promenade clubs, I think I’ve seen a lot of what this city-on-the-sea has to offer. It is my go to beach town for a day trip.
So let me break it down to you if you want to get the most out of a one day visit.
Firs things first, you’ve got:
- The Pier
The famous Brighton Pier, have you really been to the seaside if you don’t go for a walk on the pier? There’s the arcade, rides, souvenir shops and food all beckoning you. It’s an absolute must!
- Beach & Promenade
In my opinion, the best bits of the seafront are all bunched together to the right of the pier: LOADS of bars and places to eat (I’d recommend Lucky Beach Cafe, they do the nicest food, it’s expensive in comparison to your standard fish and chips but well worth it). Also don’t fortget to pick up some traditionally British cockles and mussels, maybe even treat yo self to some oysters. Even though it’s a pebble beach, there’s still lots of fun to be had. Go dip your toes in the sea, grab a few beers and fill your lungs with fresh sea air. A sunset here in summer is something not to be missed.
- The Lanes
Ahh my favourite part of Brighton. An eclectic hub of pretty much… everything. Clothing, okay let me stop right there and say it is THE BEST place for vintage and retro clothing, which btw if you’re into that, you must check out Dirty Harry. (Don’t let the name put you off.)
You’ll also find jewellery, crystals, homeware, stationary, art and books with pubs, cafes, and restaurants generously dotted in between. Whatever your palet, you will find something you adore in the lanes. Heck even get a spontaneous tattoo or peircing.
Whether I’m after something specific or just fancy a browse of the immense variety of things, the lanes are my happy place. It’s the very few destinations I’ve encountered I can happily spend an afternoon window shopping, getting lost, getting tipsy and enjoying the atmosphere before wandering back up to the train station to head back home.
- The Royal Brighton Pavilion
You really can’t miss it, it sits right in the belly of the town, just before you get a glimpse of that glistening sea. The Pavilion is a pride and joy of Brighton. An exotic palace, inspired by the Middle East and China. Built in the 18th century for nothing more than the pleasure of King George IV (weren’t expecting a history lesson today were you?!). It’s truly a building to marvel at. (You can get a tour of the inside, just click the links above for more info.)
Surrounded by beautiful gardens with a museum and cafe nearby. I like to waste an hour or two sat on the grass, soaking in the sounds of the bustling town while enjoying an ice cream.
BUT, I’m afraid that brings us to the end of our tour today guys. There is so much more to this happy place of mine. But if you’re on borrowed time, visiting for the day, be sure to check out everything on this list the next time your in B-town to have an unforgettable and well rounded experience.