A Weekend Guide To Brighton, England
I’m forever being told by people how much they love Brighton.
Well, I hadn’t been in years. The last time I went was over 10 years ago to watch a Scissor Sisters concert! Remember them?! That’s a throwback for you, hey?
It was about time I went back to enjoy this city that everyone loves with a pair of fresh eyes, so we packed an overnight bag and headed to the English coast.
As usual, I packed in a load of exploring and I have combined my favourite finds with my top tips into this handy blog post, in case you are planning a weekend in Brighton!
Where is Brighton?
Brighton is a seaside resort situated on the South Coast of England.
How do I get to Brighton?
Brighton is well linked to London and the South East of England by train.Alternatively, you can drive, but parking once you’re there can be tricky.
Once you’re in Brighton itself, everything is within easy walking distance so you won’t need a car to get around.
If you’re in a hotel, AirBnb or staying at a friends, be sure to check the parking situation and whether you have a space allocated. Otherwise it’s a little like London: tricky or expensive. Parking can cost up to £20 a day, which can be a bulky expense on top of your trip.
The train station is right in the centre and walking distance from the centre and the beach front. A great option to avoid car hassles, and more environmentally friendly too!
If you’re coming from further afield, it’s easiest to fly into London Gatwick. But, you can get to Brighton from most London airports and from Southampton Airport fairly easily by public transport.
Where should you stay in Brighton?
If the price is right then grab a hotel in the centre or even on the beach front.
- Queens Hotel – queenshotelbrighton.com
- Thistle Brighton Hotel – thistle.com
- Umi – umihotelbrighton.co.uk
- The Grand – grandbrighton.co.uk
- Hilton – placeshilton.com
- The Kings Hotel – kingshotelbrighton.co.uk
We stayed at The Kings Hotel on the Seafront. The location was perfect and it was clean with great service.
If prices are looking too much then try Air Bnb consider heading a little outside for more of a countryside experience. See pictures below of the Shepherds hut we stayed in!
Things to do in Brighton…
- Walk along the seafront, mooch around in the seafront shops & have a drink or some lunch looking out to sea.
- Walk along the pier and release your inner child in the arcades / fair ground.
- Grab some fish and chips or fresh doughnuts and walk down the pier.
- Browse in gorgeous homeware stores e.g. England at Home (my fav!).
- Explore & shop in ‘The Lanes’ (including lots of alternative boutiques and art shops, and the new ‘Lucy and Yak’ store).
- See whats on at The Brighton centre or The Brighton Dome.
- Visit the Royal Pavillion.
- Take a trip to Brighton Museum.
- Find a coffee shop on The Lanes (not difficult) and enjoy an afternoon of coffee and cake.
- Watch Fudge being made in Roly’s Fudge Pantry & choose your favourite from the numerous flavours. Just make sure you take some home for souvenirs!
- Book onto a cake making class at www.angelfoodkitchen.co.uk
- Head to Globalls for some fluorescent crazy golf!
- Check out Devil’s Dyke for amazing views of South Downs National Park.
- Explore the world’s oldest aquarium: Sea Life, Brighton
- Take a personalised helicopter ride over the city.
- Enjoy a Sunset Wildlife Cruise to learn about Sussex dolphins, see the city from a new perspective, watch the sun go down, and support a great charity!
- Head up the British Airways i360 for views across Brighton, Sussex, the South Downs and the Isle of Wight.
- Take a walking tour to learn about over 200 years of LGBTQ+ history.
- Do the Brighton zip wire along the beach front! Book here.
My favourite places to eat in Brighton…
Alongside a whole load of fish and chip takeaways, Brighton delighted me with its extensive offering of vegan, vegetarian and health conscious eateries.
So whatever it is that takes your fancy, Brighton does a flippin’ impressive job to accommodate!
- Fish and chips on the pier. There is no shortage of fish and chip shops if you fancy them!
- The Hilton for afternoon tea with a sea view or a gorgeous Sunday Roast
- The Tempest, where we enjoyed cold ciders, an insane pulled pork burger and a beetroot and goats cheese tart, which was too, amazing!
- Food for friends, in The Lanes, which I would highly recommend. Even if you love a burger you’ll love this restaurant, so don’t be put off by the ‘vegetarian’ thing.
- Meat Liquor
- Marmalade cafe
- Red Rooster
- Harry Ramsden’s
- Tropical sushi
- Sabai Thai
- Yefsis of Greece
- The Bok Shop
- Alcampo Lounge
Brighton of course also has all your usual chain restaurants, as well as plenty more food options along the seafront and in The Lanes. Comment on this post if you have any more recommendations!
My favourite places to drink in Brighton…
- Juice 42, for gorgeous raw juices
- The Tempest Bar
- Fortune of War
- Riki Tik Beach Bar – A slice of Jamaica, amazing rum punches and right on the beach front!
- Mash Tun Pub for a more laid back atmosphere
- Pitcher & Piano for cocktails (expresso martinis are amazing! Also picks up with music and atmosphere in the evenings)
- The Cricketers, which is the oldest pub in Brighton.
- Concorde 2
- Shuffle Bar
- Twisted Lemon
- Revolution, for a night out
Have you been to Brighton?
What were your favourite spots? I’d love to know!
Love as always + happy adventuring,
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