Brighton travel guide: things to see and do, best hotels, best restaurants


Brighton Beach

Brighton’s pebble beach is one of the most famous in the UK, according to The Beach Guide. Its four-mile promenade “buzzes with life in all seasons” and “unsurprisingly” it can get busy on holidays, but “that’s part of the appeal”. Although the water “can be cold,” it’s a popular spot for swimming and water sports like windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and wakeboarding. “They all look great in the comfort of a deckchair!”

Brighton Palace Pier

On the seafront you’ll find Brighton Palace Pier, an “iconic” part of the skyline, Yasmin Syed told SussexLive. One of the city’s top tourist attractions, the Victorian Pier is ‘the first thing most people think of when they hear Brighton – especially foreigners’. Tourist stop par excellence, one has the impression that “we locals” rarely frequent it. “Maybe we are missing something.”

British Airways i360

If you want spectacular views over Brighton then you can’t beat the British Airways i360 – a 162m high mobile seafront observation tower which opened in August 2016. It could have been designed to “look less like a corporate entertainment lounge on a stick,” Oliver Wainwright said in The Guardian. “But at night, when it shines like a sword falling from the sky, it’s hard to resist.”

Royal Pavilion and Museum

Located in the heart of the city, the Royal Pavilion is a “most remarkable” building that is a “delightfully exaggerated fantasy in the form of dome and pinnacles”, said Fodor’s Travel. The spectacular seaside palace of Prince Regent George IV was transformed by British architect John Nash between 1815 and 1823. Today, the royal pavilion is a museum and a popular attraction.

Shopping in The Lanes

Brighton’s most artistic area is packed with independent shops, restaurants and traditional pubs, Time Out said. Much of Brighton is ‘brimming with character and freshness’, but The Lanes are definitely leading the charge. The narrow streets are home to “brilliant” independent cafes, record stores, vintage emporiums, bookstores and art spaces. “Strolling through this maze of passages” is a “great way” to spend an afternoon. Don’t confuse The Lanes with North Laine, Jennifer Barton told Insider. North Laine is “another trendy shopping district full of independent shops”.

Hove: “seriously hip”

If you are heading to Brighton for a break be sure to also visit Hove. It has a quieter waterfront and “seriously hip” artisan shops, gin bars and niche restaurants, Roddon told The Telegraph.

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