In today’s blog post, I’m taking a few hundred words or so to talk about one of my favourite cities in the UK: Brighton. This is such a vibrant city, and like any other seaside destination, it has so much available for every member of the family. If you’re stuck on where to head for a minibreak this summer, then hopefully this guide to what you can expect in Brighton will have you convinced it’s the city for you.
Where to stay
What is it that you want out of your minibreak? Is this a romantic long weekend by the sea? Or a fun-filled break away for the kids? Whatever the reason for your stay, I guarantee you’ll find the perfect place for you in Brighton. If you want somewhere that’s lower budget, there are plenty of B&Bs and hostels along the coast for that low-cost sea view.
If you’re looking for something a little more luxurious, drop further back towards the city for some townhouse pampering. If however you’d rather check out a range of Brighton Hotels, then Malmaison has a great selection. Their stunning waterfront hotel should tick all of your boxes, and it’s in the perfect location, combining incredible sunsets over the ocean, with a close proximity to the colourful nightlife.
Things to do
There really is an attraction to suit every personality in Brighton; it’s probably its diversity that makes it such a wonderful place to visit, as there’s never a dull moment! One place that I find completely spectacular is the exotic palace known as the Royal Pavillion. Although it might stick out against the hustle and bustle of Brighton, the Royal Pavilion has a colourful history that stretches back over 200 years, and it’s become a true icon for all residents.
Built as the seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, he had an indulgent and decadent vision for his lodgings, mixing Indian and Chinese architecture. If that whets the appetite for you culture-vultures out there, then you can head over to the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery afterwards. Or, how about taking a turn on the famous Brighton Ferris Wheel, to really make the most of those stunning sea views?
There are tonnes of events happening in Brighton and Hove over the next few months, so it couldn’t be a better time to visit. Why not don your favourite fascinator and head for the races, as John Smith’s Race Day is being held on the 3rd August? Or if you’re passionate about all things vintage, you’ll feel right at home while the racecourse is transformed to make way for the Brighton Antiques, Collectables and Vintage Fair.
You’ll find up to 150 indoor stalls for you to explore, simply bursting with exquisite antiques. If you prefer to sing and dance the night away though, then the traditional Filipino Barrio Fiesta is being held on the 30th July.
Have I convinced you to visit Brighton this year? Let me know in the comments.