Brighton has everything that London offers, although on a much smaller scale: vibrant arts and culture, a busy nightlife with a famous alternative scene, good shopping and a range of great restaurants, bars and cafés. Brighton's vibrant cultural life includes several annual festivals, such as the month-long Brighton Festival in May.
Brighton School Holidays and Half Term Dates
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Explore The Famous Brighton Beach
Brighton beach is pebbled and the English Channel waves are refreshingly cool. On sunny weekends in the summer school holiday season the main beach is so busy with locals and visitors that it can be hard to find a place to sit down between the deckchairs, beach towels and picnic baskets. If you venture further away, you can easily find quieter spots for sunbathing.
The beach promenade is lined with fish and chips shops, cafés and bars, and the Brighton Fishing Museum has an exhibition about the fishing industry and the history of this seaside resort. Admission is free but donations are welcome.
Brighton has become a very popular seaside holiday destination, so be prepared for a very busy beach if the East Sussex school holidays coincide with sizzling British summer weather!
Brighton's East Pier
The Victorian Brighton Pier is the centrepiece on the beach and has a fairground, a games arcade, food stalls and a few bars. Entrance to the pier is free. The refurbished Palm Court Restaurant remains the "Spiritual Home" of fish and chips and is on par with the very best restaurants in Britain. Brighton Pier is an all year round attraction so when other UK tourist attractions and theme parks are closed, it won't be!
Near the pier you can also find crazy golf and other activities, or take a train on the Volks Railway, Britain's oldest electric railway, built in 1883 and still running. The train travels from the station near the pier to the shops and restaurants in the Brighton Marina at the end of the beach.
Brighton Royal Pavilion
The Brighton Pavilion was built in the 18th and the 19th centuries and was once a royal seaside residence. Today it is one of Brighton's main tourist attractions and includes a collection of furniture and art, as well as the Royal Pavilion Tearoom. The gardens are very popular on sunny days.
Built for the Prince Regent, later King George IV, in stages between 1787 and 1823, the Royal Pavilion is remarkable for its exotic oriental appearance both inside and out. This magnificent royal pleasure palace was revered by fashionable Regency society and is still a distinctive landmark for vibrant Brighton and Hove today. The Royal Pavilion is also home to some of the finest collections and examples of the chinoiserie style in Britain.
Brighton Shopping: North Laine and the Lanes
The picturesque Lanes make up one of Brighton's main shopping areas. The narrow pedestrian lanes, conveniently located near the beaches and train station, are lined with small boutiques and independent stores, cafés and restaurants. Combine fantastic shopping with a summer holiday at the beach, what a great idea.
Brighton's new Cultural Quarter offers a brand new city square and state-of-the-art library as its centrepiece. Surrounded by hundreds of colourful shops in Brighton's North Laine that mingle with cosy cafes, trendy restaurants and traditional pubs, it's easy to spend an entire morning or afternoon soaking up Brighton's famous vivacious vibe.
The nearby North Laine shopping street has more than 300 shops that include many independent, alternative and unique shops from vegetarian shoe stores to boutiques that sell locally made products, arts and crafts and clothing.
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