Sometimes road trips don’t go as planned, but if you’ve got a good end destination I think it just adds to the adventure. That’s what happened when my sister and I ventured to Brighton. It should have been a two hour journey, but it ended up taking over five hours due to the traffic!
My sister had never been to Brighton, despite living in the UK for most of her life so I took it upon myself to educate her on what an amazing seaside spot it really is. If you’ve never been (and tbh even if you have), here are my top seven pearls of wisdom (#7POW) on things to see and do in Brighton; my seven reasons for you to visit…
♥ The Lanes
This area of Brighton is my fave. It’s filled with cute and quirky shops, cafes and bars. More importantly though, they’re dressed in adorable lengths of bunting. Teamed with blue skies, Brighton Lanes really are an iconic part of the city. You’ll also find street entertainers who want to read your palm, sketch you or just perform for you.
The streets wind and criss-cross on themselves and it’s easy to feel lost, but every now and then you’ll spot a sign pointing you back in or to the beach. Follow your eyes to the pretty shop windows (or your nose to the delicious cupcake shops) and lose yourself for a few hours.
Down in The Lanes you can buy pretty much everything from stylish hanging plant holders to incense sticks from Thailand. I may have purchased both. Also make sure you include a stop at Sass and Belle for some gorgeous travel style gifts and homeware for next to nothing.
You’ll also find an antique market nearby, cleverly signposted using a cute stack of vintage suitcases. I didn’t venture there during my last visit for fear of wanting to buy everything and not being able to carry it back to my car. Carrying bump is tricky enough.
For those of you who are a little more conventional, you’ll find highstreet stores like H&M and Vans in and around the shopping centre, Churchill Square.
All three of these spots are completely walkable and you could fit them into one day.
♥ The Beach
You can’t go to Brighton and not go on the beach. I’ll warn you now, it’s a pebbly one so don’t expect white sands and clear water. Whilst I can’t guarantee it, every time I’ve visited the city it’s been super sunny. There are deckchairs on the beach so you can do a spot of sunbathing without having a stone back massage.
It’s also customary to take off your shoes, roll your trousers up and dip your toes in the chilly sea. Once you’ve ticked that box you can saunter to the bazillion restaurants and cafes that are housed in the arches of the walls along the beach. You’ll also find one or two independent boutiques selling arts and crafts.
♥ The Street Entertainment
Down on the beach and near the famous pier you’ll find a few street entertainers. Some are a bit sketchy and cliché – you know, like the ones you’d see down in London, dressed in gold pretending to be a floating statue. However, down on the beach you’ll often find a singer or musician.
We found this guy (^^) who looked like he’d just rolled out of bed, but wow did he roll out on the right side. He had a laid-back reggae/Paolo Nutini effortless rapstar/beatboxer vibe going on. He was so talented and kept us transfixed whilst we licked mint choc chip ice-creams on the wall.
♥ The Food
You’ll never starve when you’re in Brighton and that goes for you fellow vegetarians too. Brighton is the king of veggie food spots. If you want somewhere classy try Food For Friends and if you want something a little more laid-back there’s even a pub (The Prince George) that only serves veggie dishes.
You’ll find everything and anything, from classic fish and chips on the seafront to burritos and enchiladas up near the shopping centre.
♥ The Royal Pavilion
This pretty building is very photogenic, so even if you don’t venture inside make sure you walk past it. Described as a historic house that mixes regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China it really is unique.
Tickets to go inside are only around the £10 mark, though you can get 10% discount by booking here.
♥ The Pier
I have a love/hate relationship with the famous pier in Brighton. When I see pics of it on Instagram it makes me excited. The same applies when I see it from afar. However, as soon as I step on the pier it’s my worst nightmare.
It’s loud, like really loud and full of stalls selling overpriced rubbish. Since when did four small donuts cost nearer to a fiver?! If you can manage the walk to the far end of the pier you’ll get good views of the beach and you’ll find all of the rides.
As you’d expect they’re also expensive, but some of them (especially if you’re with a group of your faves) are absolutely hilarious. Crazy Mouse, I’m talking to you.
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Have you been to Brighton? What are your fave spots? Is Brighton somewhere you’d like to visit? X