So much more than a traditional English seaside resort, Brighton is a modern, vibrant, diverse city which offers a warm welcome to day trippers, shoppers, food lovers and partygoers alike. Set on the South Coast of England, Brighton is only an hour by train from London, and combines eccentric Regency architecture with Victorian splendour to create an exciting cosmopolitan destination.
A trip to Brighton wouldn’t be complete without a bracing walk along the seafront, and a visit to the world famous Pier for some traditional British seaside fun. Ride the Turbo coaster, or check into the Palace of Fun with well known arcade games and high tech simulator rides. For more sporty beachfront activities there are plenty of opportunities for sailing, kayaking and canoeing with tuition and equipment hire readily available.
For those who prefer dry land, cycling is a great way of discovering the local area. Bikes and equipment are easy to hire and there are safe, cycle lanes across the city. If you want to explore Brighton on foot, how about a guided history tour around some of the city’s iconic landmarks or discover a different type if history with an after dark ghost walk. A visit to the Royal Pavilion is a must on any itinerary. This former royal residence, built in exotic eastern style complete with domes and minarets, houses the Brighton Museum and art Gallery which includes a permanent exhibition of fashion from the Eighteenth Century to the present day.
For a spot of retail therapy, the main shopping areas in Brighton are Churchill Square and Western Road, where you will find all of the big high street names and department stores. For something a little bit different, head to Kemptown, which has been a popular centre for artists and craftsmen since the Eighteenth Century. Enjoy wandering through its unique mix of independent shops and boutiques, and experience the bohemian side of life. Kemptown is also known as Brighton’s Gay Village with many LGBT clubs, bars and shops centred around the St James’ Street area and the Old Steine.
In such a cosmopolitan town, it is not surprising that the accommodation on offer caters for all tastes and budgets. For a luxury break, choose a Seafront hotel with spa, or for boutique hotels with a difference try the Kemptown area with its bohemian, laid back vibe. For those on a budget, cosy bed and breakfast and smart self catering apartments provide an ideal base from which to explore this exciting, intriguing city.
When it comes to eating out in Brighton, you will be spoilt for choice as the city is a diner’s paradise with a food scene as diverse, eccentric and vibrant as the architecture itself. For top quality restaurants try the award winning Restaurant at Drakes or the Bistro du Vin, or for a more informal experience, the area around North Laine offers relaxed dining with the accent on fresh, locally sourced produce. For lighter bites there are numerous smart bistros and beachside cafes. For a traditional treat, visit the Pavilions Gardens cafe for afternoon tea, or try out the quirky and quintessentially British Tea Cosy tea rooms.
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