Brighton. It's not one of those places that I usually have easy access to, but when presented with the opportunity to take a day trip there, you bet your pastel bunting and pier arcade games that I was jumping straight on a train.
A day isn't really enough time to thoroughly enjoy this vibrant seaside city, but I did the best I could with the time I had - and luckily the weather thought it was a good day to be nice and (gasp) almost summery, for once.
So if you're planning a day trip to Brighton, and are wondering what to do - other than sea life, because that doesn't feature - then this is the post for you. Alternatively, if you want to stick around for gorgeous photos of Brighton in the sun and stories of me winning fortunes in penny slots, I wouldn't be opposed. ;)
Obviously one of the main attractions Brighton has is it's coastline. For day trips and non-holidays, I much prefer shingle shorelines to sand (pebbles don't get everywhere the same way sand does), so the first port of call was a stroll along the seaside walk-way to take some photos of Brighton under a cloudless sky.
Also, Brighton's pier is definitely something to hit up if you're in the area. I haven't played penny slots or claw games for a ridiculously long amount of time, but decided that I might as well lighten my purse. That backfired spectacularly when I won £1.20 in 2p coins. Skills, I tell you. Skills.
No luck on the claws though. :(
The various little stalls and art galleries along the sea front are also gorgeous and I thoroughly suggest checking them out. And perhaps buying something so I can live vicariously through you. :D
You can't go to Brighton without taking a trip to the Lanes. The maze of streets that make up a bunting strewn area for shopping and food. Everything looked so cute and kitsch, and if I'd have had more money to spend I'd probably have gone a touch bit overboard in some of the boutiques.
The Beach Huts:
Another iconic Brighton feature are the beach huts along the sea front. Pro-tip: they're on the right side of the coast when you walk down from the station. You also pass by the bandstand and get a stunning sea view on your walk to beach hut goodness. It was a little odd trying to take cutesy looking photos when most of the best colours were actually open and, shock horror, being used by their owners.
The Cultural Quarter:
The last place I really wanted to see on my Brighton day trip was the cultural quarter, with the great domed roofs of the Royal Pavilion, the Brighton museum & art gallery, and beautiful gardens. There was a wind band just starting their set in the gardens at the time I was walking around, and lots of people had decided to sit out in the sunshine, which gave the whole quarter a brilliant sense of community. I didn't get the chance to look round the Museum or the Pavilion, as my departure time back to London was looming, but I'll definitely make time for it the next time I'm down.
Brighton is a thoroughly gorgeous city, and I really want to return soon so I can explore more in a less rushed time frame. What are your favourite things to do there? Let me know so I can add them to my list! :D