It’s easy to see why Brighton is becoming one of the most popular destinations in the UK. With a unique bohemian chic, incredible architecture and a fun-loving beach side atmosphere, you’ll fall in love with everything it has to offer. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life in London then look no further than Brighton.
Being only an hour and a half from London, Brighton is perfect for a day trip. I arrived before lunch to what seemed to be typical English weather; dreary skies and a chance of showers. However that didn’t take the appeal from this seaside town. Brighton has such a unique charm, that it doesn’t really matter what the skies are saying, it’s an enjoyable experience whether there’s sun or cloud (unless you plan on swimming…).
One of Brighton’s main drawcards is the famous Palace Pier. With a bit of a Venice Beach feel, the pier is home to many rides and attractions. Not only that, but it also offers some pretty sweet views of the seafront and the beach.
The pier juts out across Brighton Beach, one of the most popular and well known beaches in all of England. What makes this beach different to your typical beach is that this one has smooth pebbles rather than sand. There’s also the iconic coloured deck chairs which add to its marvel.
With easily one of the most iconic water fronts in the country, you would think that’d be it for Brighton but there is so much more. Inland is the Royal Pavilion, an incredible architectural attraction that looks like it’d be more at home in the Middle East rather than the English seaside. However, it gels perfectly with the quirky nature of Brighton and fits right in. No trip would be complete without wandering the grounds of the pavilion.
From the Royal Pavilion I ventured out into the surrounding streets. Here you can explore colourful houses and boutique shops that add to the bohemian chic of the town. Be sure to check out The Lanes, a bunch of narrow lanes lined with shops and eateries that are perfect for lunch.
If you’d rather something a little more English, grab some fish and chips and head back down to the beach. Nothing is more iconic than fish and chips in a an English seaside town. Perfect for both lunch and for watching the sunset over Brighton.
This town is without a doubt one of my favourite towns in all of England. If you are ever in London and are looking for an escape for the day, look no further than Brighton. National Express offer multiple return trips daily from as low as £5.
Have you been to Brighton? Where are your favourite seaside towns? Tell me in the comments below!