The seaside town of Brighton has an atmopshere that can't be found anywhere else in the UK. If you're looking for something that's offbeat but still quintessentially British, it's the destination for you. Here are 10 great reasons to add Brighton to your travel bucket-list.
A one-of-a-kind city
The lively and accessible seaside resort town of Brighton is just an hour outside of London, making it the perfect day trip. As soon as you arrive, the first thing you'll notice is the Brighton Pier, which opened in 1899, lined with rides and kiosks. The town itself has a reputation for being free-spirited and fun-loving, and is praised for its annual Pride parade and inclusive values. Here are 10 reasons to visit the town that welcomes all.
1. One of the best art scenes in the UK
The city is a thriving creative hub and it has one of the best art scenes in the country. To get a glimpse into the colors of this town, head to the North Laine. The area is home to galleries, independent stores and coffee shops. But what differentiates this bohemian quarter from other parts of the town is the street art. Street art always adds flair to urban streets, and Brighton wholeheartedly embraces it! A popular piece to keep an eye out for is the "For the Love of Dogs" which was produced by Brighton's graffiti king Sinna One. As the name suggests, it's a wall full of loveable images of man's best friend. Another incredible piece designed by Sinna One can be found on the side of the Prince Albert and is full of musicians who have passed away including Freddie Mercury and Amy Winehouse.
2. The Brighton Pavilion
With most visitors likening it to the Taj Mahal, it's hard to believe that the Royal Pavilion is located in England! If that isn't reason enough to add it to your agenda, then its exhibitions should entice you. The Pavilion dates back to 1787 and was originally built to be the seaside retreat of King George, Prince of Wales, which explains its regal exterior. The interior rooms are equally beautiful, with influences from India and China, incredible paintings, and resplendent chandeliers. There are also many exhibitions that take place at this incredible venue covering a wide range of topics, so don't miss out on a visit to the Pavilion!
3. An abundance of independent and quirky shops
Brighton has a reputation for being relatively free from large corporate brands, and there are many small shops to prove it. The town has a huge passion for independent and local businesses, which means that shopping here is far from your typical high street experience. The best part of town for shopping is the Lanes and the North Laine which are full of quaint boutiques, vintage stores and hipster cafes. Places to add to your list include the Choccywoccydoodah (yes, you read that right!) which is a popular café home to all things chocolate. The cake and chocolate displays here are outstanding including a giant marshmallow sheep! If you enjoy a great bargain, Snooper's Paradise is where you need to go next as this haven of vintage finds features over 20 designers and creators.
4. A great selection of restaurants
The food scene in Brighton has really taken off in recent years and caters to all budgets and tastes. Unlike London, you can visit a restaurant, order a sizable dish from the menu and still come away with some change from a 10 pound note. For vegans and vegetarians, there is an outstanding selection that includes the notable Food for Friends, which has even been featured in the Sunday Time's best vegan and vegetarian restaurants. Another popular hit is the Curry Leaf Cafe which offers a variety of Indian street food dishes including green pea fritters and mouth-watering open naan wraps.
But as this is a seaside town, it wouldn't be the same without some amazing seafood restaurants. The Salt Room is a top spot for those who also want a view of the pier whilst tucking into a delicious lunch. For some of the best sharing boards in town, whether you are a seafood lover, veggie or meat eater, the cozy Lion and Lobster pub caters to all, and its quirky marine-themed interior gives you the full Brighton experience.