Last summer we had my nephew coming to stay with us, a teenage boy to entertain not old enough to let him wander on its own.
This was his second visit to England, already familiar with London, he never had set foot in Brighton or how I call it the English Riviera. His visit was the perfect opportunity to travel back to Brighton, we took the train for the day and were at the seaside in a little less than 2 hours.
The best way to visit Brighton is by foot or if you are really lazy or short for time you can hop on the city sightseeing bus tours. Brighton is not that big, well worth the walking tours in the lane and towards the beach though.
One of the most unique features Brighton has managed to keep are the small independent shops, you will inevitably stumble upon some franchised stores, sharing the high street with a myriad of small vintage clothes and second-hand jewellery shops. It is so nice to walk around the North lanes and find one shop after the other, selling unique and quirky pieces, a real treat for the eyes. Brighton feels really quirky and artsy, no wonder it become a hot spot for Londoners to set residence out of London.
The beaches are mainly large pebbles stones to walk on, walking and sitting on the beach is just the perfect day out for the late September sun. You can dip your toes in the water, or take a swim if you are really brave. There is a really nice vibe along the beach, it is the perfect place to fancy the traditional fish and chips in a very British way. You will also find great bars and cafés along the way to chill out or watch the rugby world cup.
The Brighton pier or Palace Pier is a landmark in itself, it was first developed in 1899. Did you know that there was a rival Pier called the West Pier? You can still the burned carcass standing out at sea on the Westside. The Pier is a kind of large funfair with roundabouts, jackpots machines, sweet shops or the place to sit on a deck chair in the sunshine with a 99 ice cream.
The view from the pier over Brighton is breathtaking. Did you enjoy this post? Do not hesitate to share it!