Brighton is a seaside city with a very special vibrancy. It is an eclectic mix of elegant tradition, laid back beach-life, quirky creativity and youthful bustle. The city is big enough to provide lots of surprises but small enough to explore on foot. There is a royal palace, two historic piers, galleries and museums, beach life, nightlife, more restaurants than anywhere outside London and excellent people watching opportunities in the many city-centre cafés. There is a 3 week-long arts festival in May and events throughout the year on the seafront.
Brighton is also where Acorn English Homestay began, so it has a very special place in our hearts.
The Royal Pavilion sits at the heart of the city centre, surrounded by public gardens, galleries, museums, restaurants, bars and theatres. This is a wildly elaborate pleasure palace, designed as a seaside resort for the extravagant Prince of Wales who later became King George IV. Inside the building is a filled extravagant chinoiserie interiors and the gardens are a popular place to meet and relax.
The famous pier was built in 1899 and has been a favorite spot for visitors ever since. It is filled with fairground rides, amusement arcades, fish and chip stalls and donut stands. Many of the original Victorian fittings are still in place and it is a lovely place to walk and enjoy views of the beach and sea.
Brighton is a great place to explore. The historic Lanes area is a shopper’s paradise, a maze of twisting alleyways offering an extraordinary mix of antiques and jewellery shops, alongside specialist contemporary and designer boutique fashion. There are lots of interesting cafes and traditional pubs where you can relax and spend an enjoyable afternoon watching the city’s famously unconventional residents go about their business.
It is less than an hour from Brighton to London and trains are very regular, so this is an excellent base for day trips if you want to explore the capital.
Nearest airport: Gatwick is 30 minutes away by train
Distance from London: 50 minutes by train
Find out more: http://www.visitbrighton.com/