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.
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.
The Lanes in Brighton are a famous collection of streets that house many small shops selling jewellery, antiques and designer fashion. 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.
Not to be confused with The Lanes, North Laine offers nearly 400 different shops. Whether you want beauty products, one-of-a-kind art pieces or gifts for the home, you'll find them here. There are also numerous cafes, restaurants, and pubs along the area to grab a bite and do some people watching. Conveniently, North Laine is only a 15-minute walk from Brighton Pier. Spend the afternoon shopping and then head to the Pier for some games and fun.
Duke of York's is the oldest continuously-operating movie theatre in Europe. The art house cinema has lush red velvet seats and a luxury balcony. There is a café/bar in the building, perfect for pre-film drinks. The cinema also hosts special events regularly and if you will be visiting Brighton during that time, it would be a one-of-a-kind experience.
Step into another historical establishment at SEA LIFE Brighton, the oldest operating aquarium in the world. Children will love coming face-to-face with sharks and exploring the hands-on rockpool. The whole family will love riding in the UK's first Glass Bottom Boat for a behind-the-scenes look, and for those who dare, you can head into the rainforest canopy that houses the world's largest species of snake.
Last, but certainly not least, of your absolute must-sees in Brighton is the Royal Pavilion. Designed by the famed architect John Nash to be the Royal seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales, the pavilion is renowned for its design, built in the Indo-Saracenic style prevalent in India during the 19th century. You'll love visiting the Pavilion gardens, one of the few fully restored regency gardens in the country. You'll also enjoy visiting the many saloons and reception rooms that have been undergoing constant preservation. You will be taken back into another era, 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.
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