Brighton Pier Merry-Go-Round

 

Brighton is well-known across Britain as a famously-charming, seaside resort town. Often called 'London by the sea' by visitors, Brighton is a popular escape for UK residents and international travellers alike.

So, why not add it to your must-visit list this summer?

6 reasons to visit Brighton, England

#1. Brighton Pier

One of the top attractions of the area is, of course, the pier. Brighton Pier – or Palace Pier, as it is often called – is full of seaside attractions and adventurous activities for all ages.

You can ride the Crazy Mouse, a high lateral ride that will twist and turn you above the sea. Thrill-seekers should check out the Booster, a ride that catapults you 12 meters into the sky, giving you the best view in Brighton.

If you are looking for a calmer ride, enjoy the carousel or play boardwalk games, such as Hook a Duck and Dolphin Derby, for the chance to win a fun prize.

Brighton Beach UK Deck Chairs

#2. The Lanes

The Lanes in Brighton are a famous collection of streets that house many small shops selling jewellery, antiques and designer fashion. Formally the heart of the fishing town, this area of twisting alleyways now makes up the city’s historic quarter.

While you're there - or whenever you tire of shopping - stop for a bite to eat in one of the quirky restaurants or cafes, or grab a quick treat while listening to live jazz or watching the street performers.

#3. North Laine

Not to be confused with The Lanes, North Laine is another vibrant shopping area with nearly 400 shops. Whether you want beauty products, one-of-a-kind art pieces or gifts for the home, you'll find them here in this quirky, bohemian retail area.

There are also numerous cafes, restaurants, and pubs in the area to grab a bite, sit back and partake in some people watching. Conveniently, North Laine is only a 15-minute walk from Brighton Pier, so you can spend the morning shopping before heading to the Pier for an afternoon of fun and games.

#4. Royal Pavilion

One absolute must-see in Brighton is the Royal Pavilion. Designed by the famed architect John Nash to act as the Royal seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales, the pavilion is renowned for its Indo-Saracenic style, which was prevalent in India during the 19th century.

While you're there, explore the expansive Pavilion gardens. As one of the few fully restored regency gardens in the country, the perfectly preserved saloons and reception rooms are a must-visit. In fast, your visit will trasnfer you into another era, as you walk through a piece of history that was graciously sold to the people of Brighton when Queen Victoria decided on a new summer home in the Isle of Wight.

You're probably already envisioning yourself lying on the pebble beaches of Brighton and playing a game or two for a prize on the pier. Don't forget to grab travel insurance to ensure your relaxation holiday goes off without a hitch.

Royal Pavilion Brighton UK

#5. Duke of York's Cinema

Film lovers won't want to miss Duke of York's Picture House when in Brighton - even on a sunny summer's day! 

It's the oldest continuously-operating movie theatre in Britain, and the striking art house cinema has lush red velvet seats and a luxury balcony, which make for a special viewing experience. It's also the perfect spot for a pre-film drink, thanks to its charming café/bar.

The cinema also regularly hosts special events, and if you're visiting Brighton during one of those times, they're often a one-of-a-kind experience and well-worth attending.

#6. SEA LIFE

While visiting Brighton, you can step into another historical establishment at SEA LIFE - the oldest operating aquarium in the world.

Children will love coming face-to-face with sharks and exploring the hands-on rockpool, while the whole family will love riding in the UK's first Glass Bottom Boat for a behind-the-scenes look. There's also a spectacular Day-and-Night display, which will take you on a journey under the sea from dusk till dawn.

 

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