Brighton is by far one of the most popular day trips to take from London, and for good reason. Even when the weather’s bad (as it so often is in the UK), Brighton is absolutely beautiful. The laid back vibe can provide a much needed break for stressed out Londoners. For tourists based in London it’s a great, easy option to see a little bit more of the country outside of the capitol.
I absolutely fell in love with Brighton when I visited it this October, and I hope to get a chance to go there again soon. While I’m just reminiscing, though, I thought I’d take a chance to share some of my tips with you so that you, too, can have an amazing day in Brighton.
Getting to Brighton
The train is by far the easiest way to get to Brighton from London. Depending on where you’re staying you can hop on a train at London Victoria, London Bridge, London St. Pancreas, East Croydon, or Clapham Junction and get to Brighton in under an hour and a half. Best of all? If you travel on an off-peak ticket you can generally do it for under £15! How’s that for a great travel deal?
If you have access to a car, you can also drive from London to Brighton in approximately an hour and a half.
Thankfully, Brighton is a relatively small town. Most of the main attractions are within walking distance from the train station. There’s also a relatively well-developed bus system, but I highly suggest walking everywhere if you’re up for it! Not only will it save you some money, but you never know what you might discover on your journey from point A to B. Brighton is a town full of quirks and charm, and you definitely get the best feeling of that walking around everywhere.
Where to Go First
Brighton is best known for its seaside, but if you get in in the morning you might not want to head straight there. Instead, head to the Royal Pavilion! Built by Prince George in 1787 as a party palace, this impressive piece of architecture is certainly a sight to behold. If you got an early start to your day and have the time, make sure to head inside. Although the admission charge is a bit steep, the rooms are absolutely beautiful.
Go For a Shop
Extremely close by to the Royal Pavilion are The Lanes, a collection of narrow pedestrian-only streets filled with shops. They may be no Oxford Street, but the Lanes are an incredible jumble of shops oozing with charm. They completely embody the quirkiness that Brighton is all about. While you make your way down to the sea side take a slight detour and pop your head into a few of the stores. You’re sure to find something that you’ll fall in love with.
Grab Some Fish and Chips for Lunch
As a town on the seaside, Brighton is known for its fish and chips. While I was there, though, I wanted to be able to get the best of the best. So, obviously, I did a little research. A few names popped up, and I decided to take my chances with a restaurant called The Regency. I ordered the fish and chips and was absolutely blown away when I was presented with a ginormous plate a little while later. Seriously, the portion was huge! For only £7.50, it was an absolute steal, and the fish was seriously amazing. The beautiful seaside view and the absolutely fantastic staff (our lovely waiter offered to take a picture of us before I could even ask) only added to the charm, and firmly cemented The Regency as the place that I will always recommend for people to go.
Let’s Go to the Beach
Finally, after stuffing yourself silly with some great fish a chips, head down to the beach. There, you can take a stroll along the boardwalk to burn off some calories. Or, if you’re feeling a bit lazy, just pop a squat on one of the picnic tables scattered around the area and enjoy the view (over-priced beer completely optional, but definitely recommended). There’s also a lot of great little arts and craft stores along the boardwalk for you to peruse if you please.
The Grand Finale
Brighton is best known for its pier. So it was obvious that we had to set foot on it while we were there. We did this last, and I have to say that it actually wasn’t the highlight of my trip. The pier offered some great views of the shore and provided me with some pretty fantastic gelato. But for the most part the pier was overpriced and rather loud. Definitely not a place I would want to spend much time. It’s more of a place to visit for just a few minutes just to say you’ve been.
Despite the pier being a bit of a let down, though, I have to say that my trip to Brighton was one of the highlights of my year. It’s definitely something that I hope to repeat again soon. If you have the chance, I highly recommend that you take your own trip to Brighton and discover what it’s all about!
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