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An Expert Guide to a Weekend Visit In Brighton

Brighton’s abundance of colour is one of the city’s greatest draws for tourists. It is awash in colourful architecture, eye-catching street art, and a sea of rainbow-coloured flags.

 

But that’s not all it has to offer! Brighton is a unique stop on your UK road trip because of its alternative culture, vibrant nightlife, quaint shops in the Lanes, and delicious fish and chips on the pier. The surrounding countryside also makes for fantastic walks!

Activities

A weekend in Brighton is a wonderful experience any time of the year if you put your heart and soul into it. Brighton is a stunning coastal city in England and one of England’s most beautiful destinations to visit during the summer months.

Brighton Beach 

Despite the fact that it lacks sand, Brighton’s beach is one of the most popular in the country. Millions of Britons and tourists worldwide flock to Brighton when the sun comes out.

 

There’s always a good time to be had here, with kids having a great time on the beach and adults taking advantage of the neighbouring activities and attractions. Taking a long weekend in Brighton may have been the original purpose of the British Bank Holiday.

 

Brighton beach

Brighton Palace Pier

A tough old bird, the Brighton Palace Pier. Amid two world wars, continuous storms, and millions of tourists, this Grade II-listed pier has weathered the test of time for more than a century. Make your way to the amusement park, fairground attractions, and chippy vans to join the masses.

 

Brighton Pier

North Laine

North Laine has it all, from modest gift shops to vegan falafel eateries to graffiti art galleries! With approximately 400 establishments, the area is always crowded with locals and tourists. Many alternative items are also sold, such as LGBT pride merchandise, antique protest posters, and politically incorrect postcards. There are also many hippie-style clothes stores.

North Laine

The Pavilion Secret Tunnel

Secret tunnels may sound a little odd to some, but for others, it’s an opportunity to experience something unique. A century-old forgotten tunnel belongs to Britain’s Prince Regent George IV.

 

The tunnel was thought to be a secret passage from the Pavilion to the Prince’s former stables in what is now the Dome concert arena. The Prince grew overweight that he preferred to go alone. A 45-minute excursion underground will give you a new perspective of the city.

 

The Pavilion Secret Tunnel

LGBTQ+ Walk Tour

Brighton, the UK’s LGBTQ+ capital, has rainbow flags flying freely. A walking tour with a local expert is a wonderful place to start if you’ve ever wondered how Brighton came to be. The walks take you over 200 years of history, from daring and achievement in earlier times to today’s more progressive perspectives. Plus, you’ll explore some of Brighton’s top landmarks, from the beachfront to the gay neighbourhood of Kemptown.

 

LGBT Walk Tour

Undercliff Path

This walk runs beneath the chalk cliffs that flank the coast east of Brighton, toward Eastbourne, just beyond the Marina. The ride from Palace Pier to Saltdean takes about 30 minutes by bicycle. Using a city-wide BTN BikeShare program in Brighton is simple and inexpensive.

 

Undercliff path

Stanmer Park

This lovely park sits on the outskirts of town. It’s a wide-open countryside excellent for relaxing and enjoying the daylight. It is home to many owls, buzzards, and kestrels. It was built in 1838 and is open every Sunday. So, if you like historic buildings and history, pay a visit to Stanmer Park before you go.

 

Stanmer Park

Accommodation

Choosing a place to stay in Brighton depends entirely on the kind of vacation you’re looking to have. Check out these seaside bed & breakfasts for the perfect weekend getaway! Hostel room at a low price? Is this a luxurious hotel on the beach? Fortunately, Brighton is a one-stop-shop for all of your needs!

No 27, Kemptown

There are certain similarities between this slim, slate-grey Georgian townhouse and the Royal Pavilion, such as the unusual chandelier, gilded mirror, and rooms named after the Prince Regent’s friends. Number 27 is a doll’s mansion of gorgeous antiques, enormous brass-knobbed beds, clean linens, and Brighton-themed artworks. The owners, Wayne and Diego, love spoiling guests with sherry decanters in the rooms, homemade madeleines, gourmet breakfasts, and fresh flowers.

 

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Hotel Pelirocco, Regency Square

This funky Regency Square pad has mirrored ceilings, screaming pink walls, and ultra-kitsch furnishings. What’s that? No way. The Peli offers an “intimacy aids” menu. The 19-themed rooms are a tongue-in-cheek dream. Pick the leopard-print Bettie’s Boudoir for some 1950s pin-up elegance. Want to dress up? Lord Vader’s Quarters has lightsabers, while DollyWould has stetsons. With a karaoke bar and live music in the basement, it’s a wonder if anyone sleeps.

 

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Blanch House, Kemptown

Blanch House, one of the earliest boutique hotels, is great for romantics: expect velvet and satin fabrics, art deco furnishings, and deep Victorian roll-top baths.

 

Its 12 bedrooms range from modest rear rooms to lavish sea-view apartments. Upgrade your room for special occasions (we recommend Legacia). Flowers, chocolates, and meal reservations are all available upon request. Even better, the ground floor has a champagne bar with light snacks.

 

You may visit their website here

Restaurants

In Brighton, one of the best things to do is to eat your way through the city’s welcoming and inclusive food culture!

Marine Tavern

Marine Tavern is a charming British pub in the centre of Brighton. Two typical Sunday roasts for £10 and tasty burgers with crunchy chips. Marine Tavern is a great place to have delicious pub meals.

 

This location is easily accessible by any method of transport. The kind staff works hard to create a pleasant atmosphere. This establishment’s service is superb. Prices are said to be reasonable. A lunch should cost between £3 and £10. No doubt, you’ll be charmed by the lovely ambience!

Manju’s

Manju’s is the place to go for curry cravings. This famous Brighton Indian restaurant serves curries, thalis, and chaat. Being from South-East Asia myself, I was always disappointed that the best dishes never made it to the UK.

 

We like that Manju serves Asian favourites like Pani Puri and thalis. Manju’s is known for its delicious meals and wonderfully blended cocktails!

 

You may visit their website here

64 Degrees

Brighton’s hottest and most delightful dining experience is nestled right on the Lanes. It’s a modest, private, and confident vibe. The chefs know they’re offering you the best, and the high demand from diners (we highly recommend booking ahead) proves that.

 

What’s the big deal? ‘Innovative, eclectic small-plate dining in a sleek, industrial-style environment with an open kitchen’, says 64 Degrees. That night I had venison tartare with coffee and linseeds, shrimp tacos, and shiitake dumplings with pickles. Divine!

 

You may visit their website here

Sunbird’s Deli

What are you in the mood for? Take a trip to London Road and check out Sunbirds Deli. Locals flock to this Mediterranean deli for its mouthwatering brunches, mezze dishes, and sandwiches. Because the cuisine is made-to-order, the prices are exceptionally low.

 

Ready to take on your next adventure?

If you’re looking for a city break that offers plenty of culture and sophistication but with a bohemian edge, Brighton should be your next destination. With its beautiful seaside location and excellent independent shopping, there’s something for everyone in this charming coastal town. So why not book your trip today?

 

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