In the UK, seaside towns are a nostalgic destination for many people. Ice cream, fish and chips, and fun fairs were (and still are!) the essentials for a memorable Summer holiday. Whilst some seaside towns remain a relic of the past, others have adapted and kept up with the times — like Brighton!
Brighton is one of the UK’s most popular seaside towns; however, it is also known for its trendy art scene, quirky independent boutiques, and vibrant nightlife. Only an hour from London to visit by train, Brighton is an ideal day trip to escape the hustle and bustle of the UK’s capital city. There are many things to do in Brighton even if you are on a tight budget, you just need to know where to look! If you’re stuck for inspiration, then add these purse friendly options to your itinerary.
Admire the scenic views from Brighton Pier
No visit to Brighton is complete unless you visit its most iconic attraction, Brighton Pier. Opened in 1899 (and today recognized as a Grade 2 listed structure) Brighton Pier combines a wonderful blend of old historic charm alongside modern attractions. Whether you choose to just absorb the scenic views, tuck into a plate of fish and chips or fancy your luck at the arcades, there is something to cater for all.
Admission is free to walk around the pier; however, there is an option to purchase a wristband for 15 GBP (approximately 18 USD) for unlimited rides. For those interested in photography, the best time to visit Brighton Pier is at sunset, the views are incredible and will certainly leave a lasting memory. And for those walking around with food, be mindful of the seagulls — they’ll take any chance to pinch your food for themselves!
Wander around the Quirky Laines
North Laine has got it all — style, substance, and authenticity! An eclectic maze of lanes offer almost anything you can think of, and with over 400 independent shops to choose from, you are most definitely spoiled for choice here.
Your visit to North Laine can be as cheap or expensive as you make it, which makes this such a versatile option! As there are plenty of unique establishments to admire and wander through, it is impossible to cover everything in one visit. However, I recommend planning your visit beforehand if there is something you would like to purchase or experience — whether it be a delicious meal, finding a vintage collectible, or even getting a tattoo!
Marvel At The Majestic Royal Pavilion
Exotic, decadent … and even a tad flamboyant! Just a few words to sum up this majestic palace, otherwise known as the Royal Pavilion. Originally built for King George IV in the 1800s, this stunning palace leaves a grandeur presence of King George IV’s legacy for fine art, culture, and architecture that visitors can experience today.
Admission into the Royal Pavilion is 12.30 GBP per person (approximately 15 USD); however, if you are short on time then a quick visit to see the grounds is still worthwhile. The architecture is a stunning combination of Indian, Chinese, and British influences — a unique sight indeed!
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Go snap happy for street art
With the wealth of creativity that Brighton has, it is no surprise that there is an abundance of street art to search, marvel at, and take a snap of!
Vibrant, daring, thought provoking, or just plain cute — there are plenty of colourful eye catching pieces that will grab your attention as you wander through the maze of streets. Popular spots to find street art include Banksy’s replica ‘Kissing Policeman’ at the Prince Albert Pub, and around North Laine. Whether your prefer to admire the street art or take a photo, the choice is yours. This activity is fun, free, and can be done whilst you explore the ideas above!
Love chocolate? Of course you do!
So … you’ve wandered around Brighton and absorbed the sights, but now you fancy somewhere to sit down to relax and enjoy a cup of tea. Maybe you decide to go for a treat, say a hot chocolate with a delicious side of cake?
Fear not as Brighton has got you covered yet again! Choccywoccydoodah is as fun as the name suggests — this famous chocolatier is renowned for their outrageous and extravagant masterpiece cakes, carved out of chocolate. Their creations are delightful to the eye and delicious for the tummy! The shop is split into two floors, upstairs you will find the café where you can sit down and order drinks/cakes; downstairs you can purchase sweet treats and marvel at yet more stunning cakes. Choccywoccydoodah is fun, quirky, and a great experience to end your day visiting Brighton.
Brighton is energetic, creative, and a joy to experience. Whether you decide to visit for the day or stay for longer, there is guaranteed to be something in this popular seaside town that will catch your attention. I hope my tips will help you to maximise the most out of your trip to Brighton!
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