I do like to be beside the seaside
After spending a few days staying in the colourful party capital of the English Channel, I’ve composed a new list of exciting places you need to visit when heading down to Brighton in 2016.
Take in the sea air on Brighton Pier
Built-in 1899, the Brighton Palace Pier along with the now derelict West Pier have dominated the Brighton coastline for over a century, entertaining the crowds with a mixture of traditional seaside activities and more modern attractions.
A walk down the promenade is a must when in Brighton, taking in the sea air when riding on a roller-coaster, having a drink or having a go on the coconut shy.
Splash the cash around the Lanes
With over 400 independent shops, bars and cafés, the Lanes are a collection of narrow streets made up of former fishermen’s cottages and 18th-century pubs that make up Brighton’s old town.
The Lanes are the perfect place indulge in some retail therapy, grab a bite to eat and explore some of the unique places that sit in the ancient heart of the city
Travel back in time at the Royal Pavilion
Welcoming guests since it’s completion in 1823, the Royal Pavilion was built as a royal seaside retreat, in a style that would feel more at home in Asia rather than Sussex.
These days the Pavilion is a tourist hotspot, with tours of the palace available for just a few pounds, it’s worth taking a look around and seeing how the other half lived at the turn of the century, but if this isn’t your cuppa-tea, the park that surrounds the palace is the perfect place to relax while enjoying a picnic, a chat or watching one of the many unique local entertainers that set up shop around the grounds.
Journey up in the air on the i360 Tower
Opening this August, the British Airways i360 tower is a 531ft observation tower situated near the remains of the West Pier on the Brighton seafront, becoming the worlds first vertical cable car and worlds tallest moving observation tower.
The best way to see the Brighton and Sussex coastline is by air, so unless you plan to book a helicopter for the afternoon then the i360 is by far the best way to rise up above the city and enjoy the beautiful skyline.
Relax in style at the Brighton Marina
Just along the coast from the city centre sits Brighton Marina, a large waterfront leisure destination, boasting a wide range of restaurants and shops along with the largest working harbour in Europe.
Since its opening in the 1970s, Brighton Marina has grown from a place to sail from to a place to visit in its own right. With restaurants producing every type of food imaginable, nightlife destinations and plenty of retail offerings, the Marina is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the old town.