A weekend by the sea in Brighton
For a slice of the real British seaside it doesn’t come much better than Brighton. Once a sleepy fishing village some 300 years ago, it became a haven for aristocrats and day-trippers alike, famed for its sea air’s healing properties. These days it’s famous for its bars, night clubs, pebble beaches and thriving gay scene. Here’s our top questions people always ask.
Is it easy to get to Brighton?
Jump on a train to the south coast! People have been doing it since the 1850s and it’s still the quickest way to get to the beach. Just 1 hour from Victoria station or London Bridge Station, 30 minutes from Gatwick airport or an easy drive down the M23. It’s easy to see why Brighton is so popular, especially with Londoners.
Where should I stay in Brighton?
One thing you’re never short of in Brighton is hotels. The seafront and nearby roads are filled with hotels of all shapes and sizes. From the Grand, Hilton and Holiday Inn on the promenade, to the hostels in the North Laine and Old Steine areas. There’s something for every budget. It’s also a popular place for Couch Surfing and short-term rentals. Be sure to stay somewhere just a short walk from the beach so you can maximise your time while you’re there.
What are the must-dos in Brighton?
Too many to mention them all but here’s our favourites. Go for a stroll on the pier and enjoy it’s very own radio station! Win a giant purple shark at the Dolphin Derby, probably the best fair-ground game every invented. Get fish and chips on the beach and people watch as you sit on the pebbles. Visit the Royal Pavilion and see it’s, quite frankly, mental interior! Go Shopping in the Lanes, buy some fudge! It’s delicious! Avoid the bars on the main strip down to the beach the best bars are always in the side-streets. Walk along the sea front to Hove Lawns and beyond! Have breakfast at Tiffany’s (the best greasy spoon café in the world). Take a tour of the Victorian sewers. We could go on! Try here for more ideas.
When is the best time to visit Brighton?
Any time is a good time as there’s so much to see and do. The weather in the summer months draws tens of thousands throughout the week but out of season is still a great time to visit. There’s also the Great Escape music festival in May and the Comedy Festival in October. The first weekend of August is always great too with the Gay Pride parade.
Check out VisitBrighton.com for the latest events and attractions