Brighton, located on England's south coast, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of the United Kingdom. Some eight million visitors make their way to the gay-friendly city each year, each looking to enjoy a taste of a traditional seaside holiday.
From family vacations and couples retreats to hen parties and corporate getaways, you'll find all kinds of visitors in this part of the country, most of who prove to be friendly and approachable.
The city is served by a railway station and is conveniently connected to the likes of London, Southampton and beyond by major roads. Gatwick Airport is a 30-minute train ride away.
It's no secret that the city's best hotels are generally found on the seafront. Plenty of these establishments seep with history and all offer easy access to Brighton's best attractions. Some older hotels may be lacking a little in terms of amenities but it's hard to argue against the view. Visitors looking for a cheaper alternative will find budget hotels throughout the city.
Visitors will find Brighton to be home to a wealth of interesting sights and sounds, including elaborate architecture, beautiful scenery and a bohemian attitude.
The Royal Pavilion, once the King's seaside retreat, is a postcard-friendly tourist destination with an interesting history. The Lanes – a collection of narrow lanes / alleys just off the seafront – offer an assortment of high end shopping, including plenty of jewelers and antique shops. North Lane is home to thrift stores, record shops, independent cafés and eateries, and some of Brighton's most colorful shops and stores.
Brighton Pier is one of Britain's finest examples of 19th century piers. Enjoy the thrill rides and arcades before tucking into fish and chips, hot donuts or ice cream. From the pier, take a walk along the pebble beach. While it might not be as aesthetically pleasing as white Tahitian sands, this pebble beach is a great place to come and relax. You'll find plenty of bars, galleries and other attractions as you walk the surf.
Looking for something to eat? Hop on Volks Electric Railway – the oldest working electric railway in the world – and take the short trip to Brighton Marina. Here you'll find a plethora of restaurants to choose from. Alternatively, the Lanes host a number of recommended eateries, whilst pub grub in the city is of a high standard. Don't forget to enjoy fish and chips on the beach at least once during your visit.
Brighton, or Brighton and Hove to give it its full name, is a fairly small city. Visitors are often surprised to find that a car journey of less than 10 minutes is all it takes to leave the hustle and bustle behind and be fronted by splendid green spaces. To really get away from it all, take a trip to Devil's Dyke, an expansive valley with a soothing atmosphere. The city's buses regularly venture out to the scenic spot.
For international visitors looking to get a further taste of England, Brighton railway station offers frequent passage to London. In less than an hour you can find yourself amidst the capital's many delights.
Peak time for tourists falls in the summer months when day-trippers, weekend breakers and families flock to Brighton's beach. Things are a little quieter in the winter months but make no mistake about it, Brighton is a bustling city all year round.
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