If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of London and get to the seaside as quickly as possible then Brighton is the destination for you. A mere 50 minutes by train from London’s Victoria Station, Brighton is a perennial favourite and a great staycation spot for couples, families and groups alike. From fish and chips on the seafront to all the fun of the fair, there’s plenty to keep you entertained during a stay in Brighton.
The Royal Pavilion
Perhaps one of Brighton’s most iconic and distinctive buildings, the Royal Pavilion was famously the bolt hole of the Prince Regent. The pavilion would not be out of place in India with its mock Mughal architecture and minarets while inside it’s a riot of colour with richly gilt rooms, Chinese wallpaper panels and an ornately decorated banqueting hall. While on the outside the gardens are just as splendid as the palace itself.
The sole remaining of Brighton’s original piers the Victorian Palace Pier is one of the country’s finest remaining piers and stretches 1700 feet into the water. With amusement arcades, fair rides, restaurants, shops and more a trip to Brighton’s pier will be popular with kids and adults alike. Don’t forget the obligatory fish and chips on the pier while watching the sunset.
Take a stroll through the Lanes and up to North Laine for charming 17th century cottages which have been transformed into independent shops, boutiques, galleries, cafes and more. Get lost in the narrow, winding passageways and discover some of the most eclectic and wacky independent retailers in the country.
Any visit to Brighton wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the beach and this is one of the key attractions that see’s people flocking to this pretty seaside resort every year. Each of the beaches has its own unique charm. The pebbled beach has been the backdrop for many politicians to pose on and is a great place to spend the day. From beach sports such as volleyball and Frisbee to water sports like kayaking and paddle boarding, there are plenty of things to keep you entertained at the beach.
The newest attraction in town, the British Airways i360 observation tower is the world’s first vertical cable car and takes visitors to a height of 453 feet for unrivalled views of the city. The large circular observation deck provides 360 degree panoramic views and includes a tea room, bar and gift shop as if the views aren’t enough.
Time your visit to Brighton to coincide with the annual three week long Brighton festival to enjoy a huge range of events ranging from church concerts and jazz performances to comedy shows and film screenings. Venues for the festival include the Royal Pavilion, Brighton Dome, the Theatre Royal and the local churches.
Brighton Toy and Model Museum
Keep the children entertained on a rainy day with a trip to this wonderful museum. This unassuming attraction is located underneath Brighton Station and is full of old mechanical toys, stuffed bears, wooden puppets, model ships and antique model trains on a working model railway. The perfect way to keep kids entertained for a couple of hours.