Brighton is probably one of my favorite cities in England, it’s just something in this beach city that attracts people and let them fall in love. Brighton has everything that a city can ask and still preserves its special town vibe.
Brighton was the first city where I live by myself, I just turned 18 and I was ready to learn English and take the risk. I was used to traveling through Europe, but this was the first time that I was staying for the whole summer in a city where I didn’t know anyone. First weeks were hard and a challenge, my English wasn’t so good, a chain of bad events happen and my tiny small bedroom suck, but through the weeks I started to feel better and the bad events become good ones, and then that was it, I just fell in love with Brighton.
If you are in London take a day and visit this city, it’s only one hour by train, if you are planning an England trip, put Brighton immediately on your bucket list, if you’re living around go and visit it, you get the idea right?
What is a perfect day in Brighton? Let me break it down for you. My ideal 24 hours in this gorgeous city:
9.00 Train station
Let’s said that you arrive here by train, don’t go out yet!. Take the time to enjoy this cute train station full of vibrating colors.
9.30 St Peter’s Church
Brighton has a lot of churches and chapels, just walking around you will encounter different styles and shapes. The main one is St. Peter´s church, a pre-Victorian Gothic Revival style built in 1828
10.00 Kensington street graffiti’s
The street art in the city is pretty cool, huge murals covering full buildings. Its walls place some iconic graffiti’s like James Brown, or the famous Run DMC Mural which features Jam Master Jay playing chess. Take a walk on Kensington Street where you will find some dope street art and keep walking around to discover the best ones.
10.30 North Laines
If you still want to walk a little bit more, or you already arrive to North Laines, enjoy this picturesque street. This is the perfect place to make some shopping, have a coffee and understand the cool vibe that surrounds Brighton. Every shop and restaurant are really unique, so don’t miss anything!
11.30 Royal Pavilion
This is one of the most iconic places in Brighton, so it’s a must. The palace was built for Prince George, the Prince Regent (future King George IV), after being advised by his doctor to take more sea air for his gout. The rooms inside have a lot of Indian, Islamic or Chinese inspiration and details.
Even if you don’t want to visit the interior, you can enjoy the outside and the gardens for free, and that deserves a visit for sure! During the night the place becomes magical, make sure to walk around once the moon is up.
12.30 Fish And chips
I don’t think I need to explain what you have to do for lunch. You are in a seaside resort on the south coast of England, you need to eat some fish and chips with views to the sea. No more explanation is needed.
14.00 Beach walk
You just need some refreshment after walking all morning. Cool down on the beach, take a bath and enjoy the breeze. Brighton also has a nudist beach, the UKs first Naturist beach opened in 1980 it is officially known as Cliff Bathing Beach.
If you still have energy take a walk through the beach and let the water massage your feet. Check all the colorful little storage houses and take the time to explore the beach.
14.30 West Pier
While walking on the beach you will find the west pier, the ruins of an old pier. Built in 1866, the pier suffered several devastating storms and two fires. It is now close and you can only see their remainders, but it has something unique that deserves some minutes of your time.
15.30 Time for a snack
Now it is time to recover and have a reward, and what better than an ice cream? They have a flavor for everyone and you deserve it, guilt free! If you are feeling brave enough try one of the ice cream on a hot waffle or in a waffle cone, just thinking about it make me happy.
17.00 Brighton Pier
It is time for more fun! The long pier 524 m (1,719 ft.) it’s a paradise where you will find everything. Its full name is Brighton Marine Palace and Pier, it cannot disappoint!
Games, a carousel, seagulls, coasters, doughnuts, gifts… and it is also one of the best spots to enjoy an amazing sunset.
Did you know that are more eateries in Brighton and Hove than anywhere else in the country? The city has a ratio of 1 restaurant to every 250 people. I´m pretty sure you will be able to find a restaurant that suits you.
Brighton is really friendly with vegetarian and vegan people, the variety of foods are huge. Find a place close to the pear or the beach, and enjoy the rest of your night filling your stomach with great food and planning when you are coming back to Brighton, because you will want to!