I’ve heard a lot about Brighton before visiting it myself, through my Sister’s stories and through other bloggers post and I already had good feeling about this city…well, now that I went there too I think I’ll add it to my list of “Favourites places in England” 🙂
When I was there it was October so the weather was already quite tricky, but I still managed to enjoy the trip, even though I do believe that during spring and summer this city shows it’s best!
Since I spent there one whole day I thought about writing a post about how to make the most of just one day in Brighton, hopefully it’ll be helpful for anyone who doesn’t have much time to spend in the city 🙂
So, since I was coming from London I arrived at the train station (it took a little less than 2 hours). Let’s take that as starting point and let’s say it’s morning. Once you get out of the station you’ll be facing a long, a little in slope, road (called Queen’s Road) if you walk always straight along this road you’ll reach the sea. What I suggest is to walk through that street until you’ll reach half way, more or less, and then turn left in North Road. The North Lain area, is a residential area with very pretty houses and there are lots of nice bars and restaurants too!
Indeed, if you’re looking for a brunch/lunch spot I’d strongly suggest Bill’s. I already knew this place since in Nottingham is was my favourite (in fact, it’s a chain), and as expected, also in Brighton it didn’t disappoint me at all!
What I love about Bill’s is the total felling like home as soon as you enter and the food also reflects this perception. On their menu they have many options from burgers to salads, avocado/egg toasts, desserts, you’ll need a while to read all their offers 🙂
After this break you’ll be ready to keep going with your tour. As Brighton is a sea town, it’s kind of difficult to get lost since you just have to keep in mind which direction the sea is, so wandering around will actually be a fun and as always full of surprises, things to do. Walking towards the sea, at a certain point (after approximately 10 minutes walk) you’ll reach the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and just after that the famous Royal Pavillone. Both of these structures are surrounded by a very nice park so if you don’t feel like visiting them inside, even walking around them will be pleasureful. The Pavillone really astonished me, it’s definitely different from the typical English (or even European) architecture, in a certain way it reminded me of Morocco and the building style of the palaces I’ve seen there.
Not far from there you’ll reach the main character of this town…the sea!! A definitely must-do is walking through the Brighton Pier, which is practically an amusement park built on a Pier (so you can imagine how long this is!).
A walk there is also nice due to the view you have of the city while walking further and further, great for lovely pictures!
After having hanged around the Pier, I’d suggest to turn left on King’s Road, the main seafront street, and head towards the centre. Indeed, after a while on your right you’ll find West Street which, together with all the smallest street around there, are part of the city centre. Another good area to stop for a coffee or enjoy some shopping.
Oh, about shopping if you’r interested there is also a quite big Shopping centre in Churchill Square, just a few minutes walk from West Street.
At this point it would be already late afternoon, so this means time to go back to the station again. If you don’t want to take immediately Queens Road, which will bring you directly to the Station, and you still have a bit of time, you could deviate and take Dyke Road to visit St. Nicholas Church and St. Nicholas Rest Garden.
As you can read, Brighton is not so big so you can easily move around by walk, which personally I think it’s the best way to totally get the real soul of the town 🙂
Even though the in the first pictures the sun was shining and in the other ones the sky is really grey yes, they were taken during the same day!! (English weather! :D)
Most of the pictures here were taken by my sister ❤️
What about you, have you ever been to Brighton? Which was your favourite part of the city? 🙂
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