Brighton has an enormous amount to offer the wandering tourist. This is especially true of younger, more liberal-minded people, for whom the interesting little shops and heaving nightlife are likely to prove irresistible. As an added incentive, the transport links to the rest of the country are fantastic. You’ll be able to get a train to Brighton from Gatwick airport, and be there in around forty minutes.
Last year, the place was declared the ‘most hipster town’: not in the UK, but in the world. But we won’t let that dissuade us from taking a look at a few of the best attractions for a couple to visit in Brighton.
Perhaps the most famous of the city’s historic landmark is the Royal Pavilion, which was built for King George IV as a kind of holiday-home on the south coast. It’s an architectural marvel, complete with funky-looking onion-dome roofs. If you’ve never been to Brighton, this should probably feature on your ‘must-visit’ list, as it’s seriously impressive.
Palace Pier & Beach
This is a seaside town. Thus, if you’re visiting, you should make time for at least a quick trip to the actual seaside. The pier is home to the ‘turbo coaster’, along with a smattering of merry-go-rounds and bumper-cars. Of course, you can also pick up and ice-cream while you’re there. During summer, it’s a dream.
Brighton’s aquarium has an enormous amount to offer, including a ‘fish keeper’ experience, where you’ll be given a behind-the-scenes tour and allowed to actually feed the fish. You’ll take a few hours to go around the whole thing, and it’s located right on the beach. Not to tempt fate, but this is one that’ll be just as entertaining even if it’s pouring with rain outside – so bear it in mind for that eventuality.
A more recent addition to the city is a big spindle-shaped tower, to which is attached a big glass donut-shaped elevator. From a height of 450ft, you’ll be able to take in the view of the entire city. In this respect, it’s a bit like the London Eye. There’s a bar on-board, making this a great place to stop for a G&T. Each trip takes around twenty-five minutes, with a five-minute turnover time.
Part of what makes Brighton special are the small businesses, each of which offers something a little bit different. These are at the their most concentrated in a series of narrow alleyways called ‘The Lanes’. This is where many of the city’s historic buildings are to be found, and thus it’s a fantastic place to soak up the atmosphere over lunch. As you might expect, there’s an abundance of trendy coffee shops, all of which take their work terribly seriously, and all of which are all the better for it.