Brighton Breezy

The East Sussex town of Brighton is a vibrant, colourful and quirky destination with a myriad of attractions to suit all tastes and interests. Whether you are looking for the traditional English seaside experience, exciting nightlife, first class shopping or fascinating history, Brighton is a town well worth a visit.

There are so many things to see and do that they could fill an entire book but here are some highlights that should not be missed.

The Royal Pavilion

No trip to Brighton would be complete without experiencing the architectural excesses of the Royal Pavilion. The building was established in three phases with the structure redesigned and extended by John Nash between 1815 and 1822. The pavilion was a residence and retreat of George IV but was not favoured in later years by Queen Victoria and so was sold to the town in 1850. The Pavilion is Indian in appearance and features extravagant interiors of both Indian and Chinese influence.

The Lanes

The lanes once formed the heart of the old fishing town of Brigthelmstone and are now a historic quarter of the town with a maze of alleys and lanes packed with antique centres, fashion boutiques and interior design shops. The district is close to the beach and full of atmosphere and history enlivened by buskers and a variety of caf├ęs and restaurants.

The Marina

The Brighton Marina features an outlet shopping centre, waterfront dining, multiplex cinema and bowling alley. If that is not enough you can also try diving, fishing, sailing or a scenic boat tour or discover the Walk of Fame, a celebration of the personalities who have lived in Brighton. The Marina is a short drive or bus ride from the centre of town and is well worth a visit to grab a bargain and relax by the sea.

Fishing Museum and Quarter

Situated in the heart of the Brighton seafront this is an excellent place to unwind and learn about the history of the fishing industry in the area. There is also the opportunity to sample some of the day’s catch from the local fisherman or some delicacies from a smoke house on the site. This is an excellent place to escape the hustle and bustle and to take a brief history lesson whilst indulging in the local fare!

The Brighton Wheel

This giant observation wheel is 45 metres in diameter and carries passengers in 36 glass pods which afford amazing views of the local attractions and coastline. Your journey will include three complete turns on the wheel and you should not have to wait too long to ride as the wheel carry’s up to 200 people at a time.

The Pier

No trip to the seaside would be complete without experiencing the Pier. Brighton has had a pier since 1823 with the current structure being completed in 1899. The pier is home to shops, eateries, an amusement arcade and a variety of rides including some turbo charged thrills.


Brighton is a destination of rich variety with something for all the family to enjoy. You can walk the elegant seafront, take a fishing trip, experience the thrill rides or engage in some retail therapy. There are museums, palaces, parks and gardens and most of the attractions are within walking distance of the centre. This is a great place for a short break so gather your swimsuits, shopping bags and fishing tackle and get yourself to Brighton.

Sally Stacey travels extensively in the UK and further afield. Read more on Sally's Google+ profile page.


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