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Brighton: The West Palm Beach of England?

When the weather is lovely in England, there’s one place almost very Londoner has fled to for a summer day on the shore: Brighton. It’s about an hour away by train and tickets are cheap.
Our trip to Brighton wasn’t during such warm, lush temperatures.
So I may not have been as impressed as I should have been.

Brighton is listed as one of the top 5 cities that tourists want to stay in during travels in England, and with 8 million visitors a year the city must be doing something right.

Crowded Brighton Beach snap from the Guardian during the heatwave.

5. Brighton’s Sea Life Centre– Britain’s oldest aquarium with the largest underwater observational tunnel. So if you like looking at fish is your thing, do it here!

4. Visit the Royal Pavilion– Hands down one of the most lavish and ridiculous royal palaces in Britain. Even if you don’t pay the fee to go inside seeing it from the perimeters is still crazy.

image from wikipedia
The Royal Pavilion. Ridiculous, right?
(Image from wikipedia as I didn’t pay to go inside)

3. Eat seafood- Brighton is known for it’s traditional, locally sourced seafood restaurants. Gordon Ramsey’s reputed favourite is amongst some of the better known ones.

Maybe it’s touristy, but it’s super pretty, right?

2. Go shopping on North Laine- Close to the seafront, there is this whole amazing assortment of independent stores for some really interesting shopping. (Including loads of kitschy trinket stores- my favourite kind!)

1. Walk the esplanade– It will be crowded, but you have to walk the seafront in Brighton. It’s cheesy but Brighton Pier is loads of fun.

Clearly, this is the time of our lives.


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  • I haven’t been down to Brighton yet, might make it down either this or next weekend. Looks fun! We go to Clacton-on-Sea in Essex and even though the water isn’t as nice, the pier is a blast and the beaches are sandy and clean.

  • Your abs are so hot! 😉 Haha, I love that photo!

    Ohhh.. I want to go to the aquarium. I love all that tourist trap crap!

  • Casey Martin

    I have been hearing a ton of stuff lately about Brighton… looks lovely!

  • Tayler Morrell

    That sounds like a lot of fun. That palace looks Indian! Hahaha. The only beach I’ve been too was Aberystwyth. That was cold.
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  • Chelsee W

    Omgsh that is one crowded must be amazing!

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  • Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes}

    Wait, this is great! How have I never heard of this place?

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  • Haley

    WOW- The Royal Pavilion is incredible!!! Oh the sites you must seeeeeeee! Keep blogging them so I can live through you over there!