7 Reasons to Visit Brighton, UK
Often referred to as London-by-sea, Brighton is a charming seaside city by the South Coast of England. The city is famous for its buzzing nightlife, amazing beach, bright and colourful culture – in my opinion, it is the coolest, quirkiest, hippest city in the UK.
Here are my top 7 reasons why you should plan a visit to Brighton:
- Brighton Beach
Without a doubt, Brighton is famous for its beach. The long, pebbly beach with considerably shallow water is the perfect place to enjoy a sunny day and traditional fish & chips in a striped beach deckchair. Along the coast, you will also find local artists, and lots of pubs where you can enjoy a refreshing pint and the iconic West Pier that burnt down 15 years ago. I recommend visiting the recently opened British Airways i360 with its stunning panoramic view over the city and the coast from 450ft (137m) high. My favourite drink while enjoying the view is a locally brewed ‘Brighton Gin & Tonic’ at Nyetimber Sky Bar.
Brighton is also home to the world’s oldest electric railway, built in 1883. Over just a mile long on the coast from Brighton Pier, the tiny narrow gauge train will fly you back in time – I highly recommend taking a ride.
- Brighton Pier
The Brighton Palace Pier has a fun fairground and amusement park, perfect for everyone looking for endless fun. Buy cotton candy and go with the flow: trampolines, mega slides, dodgem, and so much more will keep you entertained. My personal favourite is the Turbo Coaster – the speed demon on the edge of the pier.
- The Royal Pavilion
In the centre of Brighton, not far from the pier, the Royal Pavilion is definitely worth a visit. It was originally built as a seaside palace for the Royal Family of King George IV in 1823. Today it operates as a museum with an interesting 200 year old history. During the day the garden is a very popular hangout spot amongst young people – grab a sandwich for lunch while you relax and enjoy the street musicians.
When it comes to nightlife, Brighton has a lot of bars, old-fashioned pubs, and clubs. Chill with live music or jump into the party. My favourite club is Concorde 2; they have a great place on the beach with a brilliant atmosphere for live music and clubbing. The city is well known for its strict bouncers; make sure you have your ID with you before heading out for the night! If you don’t fancy these buzzing places, then I suggest taking a night stroll along the coast.
- Flea Markets & Street Arts
Experience the local culture and take a walk on Queens Road towards the Brighton train station. Wander down small alleys which feature many local shops and the North Laine Flea Market where you can find many antique, handcrafted, and vintage items. The city also features a lot of street art, graffiti, and even the infamous Banksy made his trademark at Trafalgar Street.
- Year-Round Festivals
No matter what time of the year you visit there is sure to be a fun festival going on. My personal favourite is the Sussex Beer Festival where you can taste a variety of beers made by small, local breweries in the region. If you are keen to taste some local beer or food, visit between March and June. Brighton offers festivals for everyone like the annual Brighton Pride Festival, Fiery Foods Festival, Brighton’s Chocolate Festival, and many, many more.
- There is a Dish for All Tastes
From local street foods to top restaurants, you are guaranteed to find something good to eat. While you are enjoying the beach you can please your taste buds at my personal favourite American style restaurant further up on the Waterfront (Kingsway) near the Pier, called JBS American Diner. The restaurant features a 1950’s design with Elvis, red booths, and Harley Davidson Motorcycles. It offers a decent sea view – and it is the best place in town to get a proper burger or a peanut butter milkshake.
Brighton is only about an hour from London, catch the train from London Victoria or the London Bridge and make your way to Brighton. Whether for a day or a long weekend, I am positive you will enjoy this destination and you will be back to explore more.
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