8 hours. A good nights sleep, and the perfect amount of time to spend in Brighton. Who wouldn’t want to spend a little time relaxing by the sea. A few hours is all it takes! I have spent a lot of time in Brighton over the years, and every time I fall a little bit more in love with it. So, I’ve put together a little guide of my favorite things to do, so you can fall in love with Brighton too!
North Laine should be on everyone’s list of places to go in Brighton. I know it’s one of my favorites. All along these quirky and very colorful streets are great boutiques and vintage shops, restaurants and cafes, including one of my personal favorites, Sugarhill Boutique. There are a ton of vintage and second hand clothing shops as well, so some new pieces for your wardrobe don’t have to cost a fortune. Snooper’s Paradise is another gem; records, clothing, home wares, collectables, everything you could possibly want, all in one place. Even if you’re not buying anything, browsing all the stalls is well worth it. There’s also a really great selection of shops with things for your home, like InHouse Space, Junk Funk and Adobe. There’s something for everyone!
The Royal Pavilion
The Royal Pavilion is a gorgeous specimen of architecture, and during the warmer months, you can see people sitting out in the gardens, enjoying the sunshine. It’s a very lively area, so taking a stroll through the grounds is a must do. If you fancy it, go into the Pavilion and do a tour of the whole house. Yeah, this was someone’s house. Weird, right? Our very own Taj Mahal!
Every trip to Brighton always includes a stroll along the pier. Yes, it’s certainly the more populated part of Brighton, but the view is lovely, and there’s something about looking out at the water that I find very relaxing. The beautiful architecture on full display doesn’t hurt either. During warmer months, the Pier makes deck chairs available, so you could just sit there and enjoy the breeze and relax in the warmth of the sun. Why not? If you’re feeling in a playful mood, head down to the funfair at the very end of the pier, or the arcade. Stop and get some chips, or some sweets to enjoy while you sit on the beach afterwards!
The beachfront is the main attraction, isn’t it? Who goes to Brighton and doesn’t go to the beach? A lot of people probably, but I’m not one of them. The trick is to walk all the way down to where the famous beach huts are, on the Hove end. From Brighton Pier, you can walk along the seaside, where there are shops and bars galore. You’ll also see plenty of stalls and artist’s studios along the way. As you walk down past the old West Pier and the Bandstand, there will definitely be a change in atmosphere. Pick a spot to sit and relax or even take a catnap. Then keep walking till you get to the beach huts.
Head back more central and take a wander through the winding Lanes. You’ll find more boutiques, lots of cafes, and a sweets shop or two! The Lanes have a much more antique feel to them, with their bricked street alleyways and vintage looking shops. There are some stunning vintage jewelers as well, who’s wares in the window are sure to catch an eye or two!
There’s lots of places to eat and drink all over Brighton as well. A breakfast bagel from The Bagelman when you first get off the train, fish and chips by the seafront, a nice cold pint at The Brunswick or the Battle of Trafalgar as you’re winding down the day, whatever you fancy. I’ve even got a list of places I’d like to eat, because I know I’ll be back to Brighton, time and time again. If you’re anything like me, you’ll enjoy the ability to just wander. Whether it’s 8 hours or 18 hours, spending time in Brighton will always be one of my favorite ways to spend a day.