Do you fancy a seaside getaway to Brighton?
Date Posted: 08/06/12
The coastal city of Brighton makes for an excellent holiday location for people of all ages, with the vibrant party side of the town juxtaposed perfectly against the quaint seaside atmosphere that Brits have grown to know and love over the decades.
Brighton's convenient location just a short train journey outside of London means that it is easily accessible for professionals in London to make an exciting getaway. Use this Brighton guide to make the most of your short break to the south coast.
A sunny afternoon on Brighton Pier
Brighton Pier is arguably the city's most prominent and well-recognised landmark, representing the heyday of seaside summer holidays. No trip to the town would be complete without a sunny afternoon spent on the 524 metre long wooden extension into the English Channel.
Whether you want to just meander along the boardwalk, enjoy thrilling rides or discover the history behind the pier, Brighton Pier has something for you.
There are traditional rides that the older generations will remember fondly, such as carousels, waltzers and dodgems. There is even the ghost train, regarded as one of the most fearful locations in Brighton. Titled the Horror Hotel, it has been the subject of many scary stories and chilling television appearances over the years.
Although younger crowds will no doubt enjoy a go on some of the more old-fashioned rides, there are plenty of more modern thrill rides to make sure everyone leaves with their knuckles discoloured. These include the Crazy Mouse roller coaster and the catapulting frenzy of Twister.
If you're a little bit peckish, you can pick up some of the best fish and chips in the city on the pier or maybe just get your sticky chops around some candy floss or Belgian waffles. And don't forget to take home one of the many souvenirs available to buy, such as a classic stick of Brighton rock.
See the wonders of the oceans at the Sea Life Centre
When you're by the sea, there's no better time to brush up your knowledge of marine biology, so make sure to visit the Sea Life Centre Brighton when in town.
The attraction has a wealth of exciting sea wildlife, from seahorses to turtles and sharks to an octopus; there are plenty of weird and wonderful creatures to hold your fascination.
Kids will no doubt jump at the opportunity to touch their first starfish or crab and the walk-through tunnel allows guests to get a exhilarating view of sharks and tropical reefs up close and personal.
New attractions for 2012 include Jellyfish Discovery, a beautiful exhibit that displays some of the most fascinating species of jellyfish in ghost-like, effortless motion in splendidly lit tanks.
The Behind the Scenes Tour is also new for 2012, offering you the opportunity to see how the staff at the Sea Life Centre take care of more than 1,500 sea creatures on a day-to-day basis. It shows you how water filtration systems work, how food is prepared and how animals are bred, and that's just the beginning.
Experience the orient at the Royal Pavilion
The Royal Pavilion is one of Brighton's oldest attractions, built in stages between 1787 and 1823 for the Prince Regent and later King George IV.
It represents a beautiful imagination of oriental architecture, designed to be a palace by the sea with an exotic Indian exterior and decorated on the inside with Chinese influences.
The Royal Pavilion represents the Far East fantasies of architect John Nash, and for 200 years it has been kept in superb condition. You can now have a guided tour around the building and its grounds to hear the exciting tale of its history, which is fraught with controversy and colossal ambition.
Tours cost £10 for adults and £5.70 for those aged between five and 15, although family tickets are also available at a reduced price.
Sleep by the sea at the Old Ship Hotel
One of the main reasons people travel to Brighton is to get the city experience while also being in close proximity to the sea. So make sure you book Brighton hotels on the sea front so you can gaze out on the English Channel every morning when you open your curtains.
The Old Ship Hotel is perfectly placed, overlooking Brighton's beach in a stunning building that dates back to 1559, making it one of the oldest properties in the city. You'll find you're only a short walk from all the shopping, the Brighton Pier and the Grand Pavilion and the hotel offers a great place to rest your head at night. There's even a wonderful restaurant on-site to make sure you don't go hungry.
If you fancy trying another fantastic sea front hotel, then book a room at the Grand Brighton just a few hundred metres down the road from the Old Ship Hotel. Its picturesque, Victorian facade takes pride of place on the Brighton coastline and is, again, in close proximity to the majority of Brighton's attractions.
The Grand also offers some fun outdoor activities and entertainment, including beach-volleyball and walks around the city. Its Victoria Bar has an excellent selection of wines, beers and cocktails and The Kings Restaurant serves up the best locally sourced food in Brighton.
Posted by Louise Millard
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