City Breaks from London: Brighton
We woke our tired asses up at 6am, packed our outfit changes, downed a coffee and we were on our way to visit Brighton. The car journey is straightforward and takes around 90 minutes from London but as always, it depends on the traffic.
If you’re looking to visit Brighton by train/coach:
- Train | Victoria → Brighton | Approx. £32.50 | 60 minutes
- Coach | Victoria → Brighton | Approx. £25 | 90 minutes
Once we arrived, we parked in Trafalgar Street Car Park (super close to everything) for the price of £9/4 hours.
Our first stop was the Royal Pavillion, a palace located in the centre of Brighton. It was built as a seaside getaway for King George IV, designed by John Nash between 1815 and 1823.
The architecture is pretty exotic with styles from India and China. We didn’t take a tour around the palace but adult tickets cost £13.50 (10% cheaper if you buy online).
The Royal Pavillion is surrounded by beautiful gardens that are free to walk around – the perfect place for a picnic or in our case, a Boots Meal Deal.
Brighton Palace Pier is a 1,722ft long Victorian pier, designed by Richard St. George Moore. After 10 years of construction, the pier had its grand opening on the 20th May 1899. Today, it’s the most visited tourist attraction outside London according to Visit Britain, with an estimated 4.50,000 people visiting the pier each year.
Can a trip to the seaside be complete without a walk along the pier? Sure it can. It’s cheesy and bloody overpriced. However, for us, it’s a seaside novelty and we love it. You have to feel sorry for the parents of small children though. All the rides, arcade games and candyfloss are way too costly.
The views of the beach were good enough for us.
Along the beachfront, there’s lots of little shops selling souvenirs, homeware, clothing, photographic prints, books and frames. There’s also the Artists’ Quarter, a collection of artist’s workshops where you can purchase individual prints and paintings.
Plenty of restaurants selling seafood, ice cream shops & bars.
The beach has rows of deck chairs so you can have a shit down and relax. Close your eyes & pretend that you’re on a beach in Bali & not sitting beside the topless guy with a Stella Artois can in hand just because it’s 17c and there’s a little sun.
Brighton’s narrow, colourful shopping streets, The Lanes, are packed with small boutique and vintage shops, as well as cafes and bars. However, if you’re looking for high street shops, you’ll find all the popular high street brands in the Brighton’s town centre.