Brighton is a popular seaside city not least because of its proximity to London. It is popular for weekend trips or for London commuters who have escaped the high living costs in London and opted instead for a more relaxed lifestyle on the South coast. The city has a lot of character, and there are plenty bars, cafes and stylish shops to explore while wandering along the charming lanes in the centre.
This palace was once the home of Prince Regent (George IV) and is considered one of the true architectural gems on the British Isles. The palace was built in an Indo-Saracenic style with exotic oriental interior. Tour the Pavilion and make sure to pick up your audio guide, as this adds many interesting facts about this unique building. The Pavilion is open daily and an adult ticket costs £11.
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The new wheel is directly on the coastline, meaning that on a clear day, you are able to see some of the most beautiful panoramas of both the city itself, but also the sea. Each pod, which carries up to 6 adults and 2 children, is elegantly designed and glass, to maximize your views. Tickets are £8 per adult and £6.50 per child.
Brighton oozes creativity and culture from every pore. It is actually one of the main reasons why so many people choose to live in Brighton. Whether you love a bit of spontaneous street performance, or prefer a bit of world-class opera, Brighton offers cultural goodies across many genres, as well as wonderful museums and galleries.
This Grade II listed building is an iconic sight. It opened in 1807 with a performance of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and since then West End hits, opera, ballet and plays have wowed audiences at this special venue. If you happen to have a night free during your stay in Brighton, check out which shows are on.
Located in the Royal Pavilion garden this museum has a lot to offer. Learn more about Victorian Brighton, Ancient Egypt, Fine Art and much more. The museum is a beautiful building and a fascinating way to spend an afternoon or even a full day. Entry costs £5 per adult, £2.80 per child.
7 miles north of Brighton is an area of natural beauty. It is looked after by The National Trust, and as the name suggests, it was a site of a warning beacon which was seen for miles around. As well as historical importance, Ditchling Beacon is a site of archeological interest due to the remains of the Iron Age hillfort. Climb up to trig point, which is the highest point in East Sussex, and enjoy the stunning views of the downs below.
Brighton is packed with cafes, bars and pub offering a wide variety of international cuisine. From fine dining to afternoon tea, you are spoilt for choice in Brighton. To help you decide where to enjoy a lovely meal or a few drinks, here are some of our recommendations :
The Lanes is an area known for boutique shops and lively busking. In between the maze of alleyways you will find The House Restaurant. The menu is modern British, with classic dishes, as well as a daily specials board. This fabulous restaurant has a wonderful 70 seater heated terrace, so sit back, relax and enjoy you meal in the outdoors while listening to live jazz music
This restaurant is the flagship location of the Gingerman group and opened its doors in 1998. This location is an intimate eatery, situated close to the seafront, which specialises in uncomplicated food and seasonal produce. Choose from a 2 course meal (£15) or 3 course meal (£18)
Brighton is known for its funky, chic and boutique character, which is apparent from its accommodation. It is a popular destination with excellent B&Bs and hotels. Here are two of our recommendations for a great place to spend a night or two in Brighton:
This 4 star hotel, is an elegant establishment. The location is very special, as it is situated in the heart of the marina. The hotel has spectacular views of the sea, and an excellent restaurant and bar area with a terrace. The rooms are simple but stylish, with all the modern features
This charming boutique hotel encapsulates the trendy spirit of Brighton. The rooms are elegantly decorated and the staff are friendly. The hotel boasts a French-themed restaurant, which often hosts art exhibitions. There is an excellent breakfast menu, which includes vegetarian and vegan selections. In the evening enjoy the cozy lounge and relax with one of the complimentary magazines.