Brighton travel guide: things to see and do, best hotels, best restaurants

Brighton Beach

The beach guide said Brighton’s pebbly beaches are one of the most popular in the UK. Its four-mile boardwalk is “brimming with life in all seasons” and “unsurprisingly,” it can get very crowded on bank holidays, but “that’s all part of the appeal.” Although the water “can be cold,” it is a popular place for swimming and water sports such as windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, water skiing, and paddleboarding. “They all look good from the comforts of the lounge chair!”

Brighton Palace Pier

On the waterfront, you’ll find Brighton Palace Pier, an “iconic” part of the skyline, says Yasmine Syed of SussexLive. One of the city’s main tourist attractions, the Victorian Pier is “the first thing most people think of when they hear Brighton – especially outside the towers”. The final tourist stop, it feels as though the “locals” we rarely frequent. “Maybe we’re missing out.”

British Airways i360

If you want to enjoy stunning views of Brighton, you can’t beat the British Airways i360 Control Tower – a 162-meter-tall movable watchtower on the waterfront that opened in August 2016. It could have been designed to “feel like But at night, when a sword shines down from the sky, it’s hard to resist,” said Oliver Wainwright in the Guardian.

Royal Pavilion and Museum

In the heart of the city, the Royal Pavilion is a “more gorgeous” building that’s “a delightful, exhilarating, exhilarating fantasy,” says Fodor’s Travel. Prince Regent George IV’s stunning seaside mansion was converted by British architect John Nash between 1815 and 1823. Today, the Royal Suite is a popular museum and attraction.

Shopping at The Lanes

Time Out said Brighton’s most elevated area is filled with independent shops, traditional restaurants and pubs. A lot of Brighton “exudes cool, cool character”, but The Lanes definitely command the task. The narrow streets are home to “cool” independent cafes, record stores, vintage shops, bookstores, and art spaces. Wandering this maze of lanes is an ‘excellent way’ to spend an afternoon. Don’t confuse The Lanes with North Laine, Jennifer Barton told Insider. The North Line is “another great shopping district full of independent stores”.

Huff: “Hip Braid”

If you’re heading to Brighton for a vacation, don’t forget to visit Hove as well. It has a quieter waterfront, “ultra-trendy” artisan shops, gin bars and specialty restaurants, Rodon said in the Telegraph.

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