Brighton is the ideal destination for a city break. Part of the seaside city of Brighton and Hove on the south coast of England, it is easily accessible by train, plane, ferry or even car. It is a popular destination for expats from the whole world and English citizens who want to avoid the cost of living in London. Among the best attractions, there is the beach, monuments, the night-life, loads of alternative shops and restaurants and particularly sunny weather. Here are our must-sees if you happen to spend 2 days or more in this beautiful city!
Why is Brighton so special?
The best word to describe Brighton is probably “quirky”. The city is charming and unique in its own way. Not only the architecture, but it is also, above everything, the inhabitants who make this place so special. Very open-minded, a lot of expats and artists live there. It is also the gay capital of the UK. Every year, in August, thousands of visitors come from all around the country to enjoy the Pride. It is usual to see people with odd clothes, hair color, or even gait. Indeed, Brighton is a dynamic multi-language ethical mix, famous for its artistic atmosphere. So, you won’t be bored! There is always a festival or an exhibition to visit, or music to listen to in the streets or the pubs. Cinemas, theatres, countless museums, and big event venues…
Brighton is also very green: the protection of the environment is an important matter, and it is one of the most vegan-friendly cities in Europe.
What are the must-sees?
In the heart of the city, North Laine is without the shadow of a doubt the most alternative part of Brighton. You will find loads of quirky independent shops, vegan cafés, and restaurants, second-hand vintage shops, vinyl collections… The oldest pub in the city is there, the King and Queen. Established in 1779, besides its unique decoration, it is the best place for a cold beer, a nice British meal, and a football game!
Brighton Beach and the Pier
The pebble beach is endless and full of people from the first sunshine rays in spring! The Marina, on the eastern extremity of the city, is a nice place to watch the boats and have lunch or a bowling game. On the other extremity, you’ll find the lagoon, with watersports such as kitesurf and canoe. Right in the middle is the Pier. Open almost 24/365 (unless the weather is terrible and the access is dangerous), it is a family or friends’ meeting point to play some fairground games or enjoy sunbathing.
The Royal Pavilion is a very unusual monument to observe in a modern city like Brighton. Indeed, it is an Indo-Chinese architecture monument, built in 1787 as a seaside retreat for king Henry IV. You can visit the inside or just gaze around the lawns to enjoy the spectacular view.
There is too much about Brighton for just one blog article. The best is obviously for you to go and see by yourself! I promise you will not be disappointed!