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Brighton, England: Sun, Sea, and Scones!

I'm not going to lie... Brighton surprised me! It came highly recommended, but I guess I didn't have high expectations for some reason - boy, was I wrong! It is such a vibrant and fun coastal town. Known for its pebbly beaches, quirky charm, and iconic pier, Brighton offers a delightful mix of history, culture (great food!), and a buzzing atmosphere. So, grab your sunglasses, and let's uncover the gems this seaside haven has to offer!

A clock tower in the middle of a city

Things to Do in Brighton:

  1. Stroll Along the Promenade: Start your Brighton adventure with a leisurely walk along the promenade. Stop in at one of the beachside cafes and grab a coffee or fresh green smoothie before soaking up the lively atmosphere. There are a ton of street performers, and you can get into some entertaining people-watching. Don't forget to snap a photo of the colorful beach huts that dot the shoreline!

  2. Brighton Palace Pier: No trip to Brighton is complete without a visit to the legendary Brighton Palace Pier. Relive your childhood memories by riding the vintage fairground attractions, trying your luck at the arcade games, or satisfying your sweet tooth with some traditional seaside treats like fish and chips or candy floss. Ryan and I grabbed some fresh fruit before strolling along the pier - yeah it was a bit overpriced but it was worth it!

  3. The Royal Pavilion: Prepare to be awestruck by the majestic Royal Pavilion, an exotic palace with a distinct Indian-inspired architectural style. Explore its opulent interiors, adorned with exquisite chandeliers and beautifully furnished rooms. The surrounding gardens provide a tranquil oasis to relax and unwind.

  4. North Laine: Get lost in the eclectic charm of North Laine, Brighton's bohemian heart. Wander through the maze of narrow streets lined with independent shops, quirky boutiques, vintage stores, and trendy cafés. Uncover unique treasures, from vintage clothing to handmade crafts, and enjoy the vibrant street art that adorns the walls. We loved put-sing around and window shopping!

  5. Brighton Museum and Art Gallery: Art enthusiasts will be captivated by the diverse collection housed in the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. From ancient artifacts to contemporary artworks, this museum offers a fascinating journey through time and culture.

A long pier in the sea

Where to Stay:

Brighton offers a wide range of accommodation options, catering to every budget and preference. We stayed in a Trusted House Sitters home (more on this here) right on the water for most of our time in Brighton. We also stayed at the Old Ship Hotel, which we would honestly not recommend. So, here is what we WOULD recommend based on our research:

  1. The Grand Brighton: For a touch of elegance, indulge in a stay at The Grand Brighton. This iconic Victorian hotel boasts stunning sea views, luxurious rooms, and excellent service. Treat yourself to afternoon tea in their magnificent lounge, overlooking the promenade.

  2. Artist Residence: For a more boutique experience, check out the Artist Residence. Each room in this stylish hotel is uniquely designed by a local artist, creating a truly immersive and creative atmosphere. The hotel also houses an excellent restaurant and cocktail bar.

  3. YHA Brighton: If you're a budget traveler or prefer a more laid-back vibe, YHA Brighton is a fantastic option. Situated close to the beach and the city center, this youth hostel offers comfortable dormitories and private rooms at an affordable price.


Where to Eat:

The food in Brighton is FABULOUS! Especially if you are vegetarian or vegan - the options are endless!

  1. The Coal Shed: Meat lovers rejoice! The Coal Shed is a meat-focused restaurant that serves up delicious, succulent steaks and locally sourced seafood. With its stylish industrial decor and relaxed atmosphere, it's the perfect place to savor a hearty meal.

  2. The Chilli Pickle: Craving some Indian cuisine? Look no further than The Chilli Pickle. Known for its vibrant flavors and inventive dishes, this award-winning restaurant offers a modern take on classic Indian recipes, using locally sourced ingredients.

  3. The Flour Pot Bakery: Start your day with a visit to The Flour Pot Bakery. This beloved local bakery is known for its freshly baked bread, pastries, and cakes. Grab a delectable treat and a cup of coffee to enjoy as you explore the town.

  4. Food for Friends: Vegetarians and vegans, rejoice! Food for Friends is a must-visit spot for delicious plant-based dishes.

Beaches in England. Brighton Beaches

Whether you're seeking historical landmarks, artistic inspiration, or simply a delightful getaway by the sea, Brighton has it all. So, pack your bags, explore the winding streets, taste the local flavors, and let Brighton's quirky spirit leave an indelible mark on your heart. Happy adventuring!

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