30 Aug A Tourist’s guide to… Brighton
A Tourist’s guide to… Brighton
Start to believe the hype. Brighton is without much doubt one of the most exciting cities in the UK and for any group or individual that wants to experience unfiltered energy on their holiday, this place needs to be at the top of your wish list.
The seaside city of Brighton is found in East Sussex and is easily accessible by road or train, with excellent links to the centre of London and the rest of coastal Sussex. Despite it’s chic image, the city has bags of historical character, never more evident than in the image of the Royal Pavilion, an Asian-inspired palace that played as home to Prince Regent in the 19th Century.
With all the vitality and diversity that city life can present, Brighton has long been referred to as ‘London-by-the-Sea’ and it’s not too difficult to see why. Just like the capital, Brighton’s a city with a hugely multi-cultural and liberal balance and has recently enjoyed giant economic growth – becoming a hotbed for emerging digital industries. Pop this together with a whole host of attractions for tourists; it’s got the very same appeal as London – just with much better weather!
To take advantage of Brighton’s glowing sunshine, you really need to get yourself down to the ocean and pitch-up base along the decadent seafront. The promenade is rammed with a pack of the freshest bars and clubs in the country, and it’s not too hard to find somewhere that offers plush, outside seating where you can take in the costal air. With a nautical theme that just fits the entire city, ‘The Fortune of War’ is a particular hotspot.
Elsewhere on the seafront, you really can’t help but be drawn to Palace Pier. While the infamous West Pier was burnt beyond repair in 2003, Palace Pier is on fire – but for all the right reasons. With rollercoasters, great food and enticing independent trade, the bright lights of Palace Pier will open your eyes to the fun that Brighton can offer. Always busy and for very good reason.
Brighton is all about chic. This is personified no-where better than in the city’s North Laines; a series of gorgeous, winding streets where Brighton’s weird and wonderful dwell. No matter what you’re in hope of, there really is something for absolutely everyone. Mouth-watering food (Nia), pubs with bags of character (The White Rabbit) and high-end fashion stores (Profile) all work in perfect unison to create one of the most dynamic stretches of urban life that Britain has to show.
Sports fan? Brighton & Hove Albion FC is potentially the UK’s next big Premier League side. They opened the American Express Community Stadium in 2011 and it deserves a visit. Located a mere 10-minute drive from the city centre, the beautiful new ground offers tours three times a day. If you’re a football fan, it’s worth the time.
With regards to accommodation, keeping yourself in and around Brighton’s town centre is a must. Seafront hotels will provide the best of everything but may set you back up to £70 per night, while B&B’s within 10 minutes walk of the promenade can fall £30 cheaper.
Why would you try any other seaside resort?
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