We went to Brighton for a day a few weeks ago while my mother-in-law was visiting us from Greece. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision and knowing how Greeks take their time to get ready, we left our house at around 2:30pm which means we had less time to explore Brighton by the time we arrived an hour and a half later. Thankfully though, we arrived just before sunset so I was able to take quite a few photos which shows what Brighton is most famous for – sun and sea.
Don’t be fooled by the sunshine-y photos as it was still so very cold that day. The cold didn’t bother the visitors though who were mostly families with young children, most possibly enjoying a day out for the half term holiday. As soon as we found a parking area, we immediately went to the Brighton Palace Pier which reminded me so much of California (a much colder California).
Our Big Sur drive in California came to my mind immediately for reasons I can’t really explain. My mind works in mysterious ways so I’m guessing that I was reminded of California just because Brighton is also a seaside town just like the golden state of the US.
The 5.4 mile long shingle beach was empty when we were there but I saw some photos of the same beach during summer and it looks like you won’t be able to walk through it with the amount of people on the beach. I’m not very sure if I’d be keen to visit Brighton during the summer as it’s probably the most popular seaside town to visit for tourists and locals alike due to its location.
The Brighton Palace Pier features restaurants, arcades and a fair with rides which everyone can enjoy. It was too windy and too cold to enjoy a ride so I wonder how all the children in it were enjoying it. I guess they’re too happy about the half term holiday to let the cold weather stop them from doing anything.
We then had a walk around the area of the Royal Pavilion which used to be a residence of King George IV. The architecture was a bit odd for me as it looked more like a mosque than a palace if you ask me (maybe I lived in the Middle East for too long). I’m quite curious to know more about this palace unfortunately, it was already closed by the time we went there so I couldn’t go inside.
Afterwards, we walked around the Lanes which is a collection of narrow alleyways around Brighton lined with antique shops, art galleries, jewelry store and some pubs. We found a small Japanese restaurant where we had our dinner before heading back to London.
It was a very short visit and I feel like I desperately need to go back to Brighton to explore it more in depth as it has a lot more to offer that what little I’ve seen. Maybe spending a weekend there would be more ideal. Next time. 🙂
How to go to Brighton from London:
The easiest way to go to Brighton from London is by train. There are direct links London Victoria (52 minutes); London Bridge (58 minutes) and St Pancras (1hr and 16 mins). Trains to Brighton from London Gatwick Airport also operates regularly and will take approximately 30 minutes. There are also bus services which you can take, check out this website for more information.
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