Brighton, England: What's Worth Seeing
WE MADE IT! After ten hours of flying, two hours of bussing, and a whole lot of walking, my best friend Emily and I have arrived in Brighton, UK. Brighton is our first stop on this adventure. We stayed in this quaint little beach side town for seven days before heading over to London and Paris. While the town's "center" is relatively small, there is a lot more to do here than one might think.
Here is what we found:
What to See:
Besides visiting Instagram worthy restaurants and shops, we ventured down the coast, outside the congested downtown area, and got lost. Here's what we found.
Neighborhoods in Brighton are pretty similar to the ones in San Francisco, as they are just as colorful and bright. Exploring neighborhoods is something I love to do when I travel. It's exciting to absorb other cultures while seeing how people live in different parts of the world, and interestingly enough, it reminded me of home.
Brighton Pier + Beach
The Brighton Pier is definitely something worth seeing. Here you can walk around, people watch, or play arcade games if you're into that sort of thing. They also have some other vendors along the pier that are pretty neat or you can always just go to the beach!
The beaches in Brighton are not your typically sandy California beaches (obviously). These beaches are made of rocks instead of sand, which means you won't finding remnants of sand everywhere for the next few days.
If you walk down the beach toward Hove, you will run into these beach huts, which are seriously the cutest things ever (and very instagramable). People use these to store their beach stuff, or even sometimes to hangout in them on their beach chairs. I thought these were really unique because if you are renting one, you can paint it any color you like. This is a great spot to take pictures (especially for that insta theme) because there are so many different colors to choose from. There is also a super yummy gelato place across the street so I for sure recommend seeing this!
One of the things that we knew we had to see was the Royal Pavilion here in Brighton. It was built as a later Queens vacation home. Now lots of events are held there for people to attend, along with an art museum. You can walk around the Pavilion on one of the many paths that they have. This is great for people watching (my favorite) or just getting checking out the extreme gardening that is done around there. Exploring around here is not something you would want to miss.
The Lanes in Brighton are rows and rows of quaint little shops, along with a bunch of great places to grab a bite. This in particular, was something I knew I wanted to see, since I heard so many great things about it. I for sure was not disappointed, as the best part about The Lanes was getting lost in it all and ending up in the coolest shops. This place is definitely somewhere that has something for everyone.