With its small city charm, attractions and sights, famous festivals and, of course, the beach, Brighton is the ideal spot for a weekend getaway, especially for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of London life. In fact, there’s only 50 miles separating the two, so in a quick one hour train ride, or a little longer along the M23, and travellers are transported from the busy and modern capital to the relaxing and historic beach resort.
The beauty of Brighton is that it’s completely versatile, offering value Brighton hotels and accommodation, activities and amenities to suit all tastes. Not only is Brighton renowned for it’s gay community, it’s also popular with hen and stag parties who come for the energetic nightlife, the elderly who are perhaps interested in the city’s rich history and families who enjoy building sandcastles on the beach. Whatever type of getaway you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it in Brighton.
Those that enjoy the finer things in life will feel right at home at Brighton Marina or Jubilee Square, both of which are considered to be top choices for fine dining and are filled with sophisticated wine bars. More down to earth nightlife can be found practically around every corner, as Brighton is well known for it’s lively drinking culture. Ranging from cheap and cheerful locals pubs such as The Evening Star to off the wall unique venues like The Hand In Hand to the popular Audio club where every night is Saturday night, the choice is endless. Many good bars are situated along the seafront, close to the best Brighton hotels, so there’s minimal stumbling distance after a few too many.
Of course, Brighton isn’t all about drinking, and one of the most popular past times in the city is shopping. Brighton is known for its quaint and very ‘English’ street markets, selling all manner of homemade items such as baked goods, home brewed liquors and jewellery. Jewellery is actually very popular in Brighton, with the independent and antique shops within The Lanes shopping district especially geared towards accessories. No trip to Brighton is complete with a purchase from confectionery shop Choccywoccydoodah, made famous by the TV show of the same name. It’s a great spot for gifts, as well as a naughty treat.
And how about Brighton’s history, sights and attractions? Well, there’s plenty. The seafront is, without a doubt, Brighton’s best feature, which is simply stunning in the good weather. A walk along the promenade is a must, just be sure not to head too far east unless you fancy hitting the nudist beach! Brighton Pier has everything you could want from a traditional seaside resort and the arcase games and candy floss stalls are bound to bring on a bit of nostalgia for the golden years of seaside tourism.
Nature lovers should check out the Sea Life Centre to get up close and personal with a huge array of fish and mammals, and may also wish to check out The Booth Museum of Natura History, although with large taxidermy collection it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. History lovers, on the other hand, can’t afford to miss the extravagant Royal Pavillion and St Bartholomews church, ranked among the tallest churches in Europe. After a busy day, a refreshing drink at Brighton’s oldest pub, The Cricketers, is definitely called for, although it can be a little more costly than its more contemporary alternatives.
Whether you’re craving a romantic yet naughty weekend away, a relaxing holiday with the family or are looking for a top party destination, Brighton has it all, and with excellent transport links from the capital, it couldn’t be easier to spend a weekend by the sea.