A few weekends ago we headed to Brighton, England, from London to have a few days by the beach. If you’re not familiar with Brighton, it is an English seaside resort town and only about an hour south of London by train. Many people visit for a day or weekend! We chose Brighton because we found a great deal on a train to get over there and figured, why not?
After rummaging around for a while, we found a really neat vintage print of the Brighton Pier here.
Walk the City
I mean you can’t really go wrong with walking in sunshine (unless you’re allergic to the sun or something unique like that). Since it is a seaside town, many of the homes are decorated with bright colors.
Artisan Coffee Shops
One of the ways we fueled up for our long days of walking and exploring was through multiple coffee stops. I have no idea if Brighton realizes just how many “artisan” coffee shops there are here, but there are a TON. Good coffee, too!
Obviously you have to check out the pier (it’s from 1823)! You can play arcade games inside the pier or just enjoy the seaside view. We opted for eating funnel cakes and walking around. There were a few cute stores along the side of the pier that you can duck into and just look around if you’re a shopper!
Once the heart of the fishing town of Brighthelmstone, The Lanes is the city’s historic quarter, with a fabulous maze of twisting alleyways. You can find all sorts of goodies here with the independent retailers, small stalls, and unique eateries!
This exotic palace is a must-see, right in the center of the city. It was originally built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV and mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China. If you’re an architecture nerd, you will love this! This was the highlight for my husband, and actually for me too! You can save 10% when you buy your tickets online here.
Oh my goodness, these chips were so darn good. And are we even surprised at all that when hubster and I found a chips shop with more than 100 possible toppings, we chose tikka masala sauce?!
Brighton Open Market
This market is the only closed market in all of Brighton, making it a great choice during the rainy moments. The market boasts over 45 permanent independent retail units, 12 artists’ studios, and an exciting mix of plaza traders. There are also quite a few restaurants on the sides, so you can take a break and carb up!
British Airways i360
British Airways i360 is the world’s first vertical cable car, designed by the London Eye architects. At the foot of the tower is a publicly accessible beach building with The Belle Vue Brighton restaurant, West Pier Tea Room, and beach-side hospitality rooms and shop. This is hard to miss, as it is right next to the pier, but if you’re like me and not the biggest fan of heights, you can relax and soak in the sunshine in the lovely Regency Square park (right across from the cable car).
Delicious Indian Food
Check out next week for my Brighton Eats blog post! Have you ever been to Brighton?
What are your favorite places to venture to there?