Travel tips you must know for your next trip to BrightonWednesday 11 October 2017 by Jessica Mendoza Brighton is situated on the south coast of England and is arguably the most famous British city after London. It joined the town of Hove in 1997, and now goes by the full name: Brighton and Hove. It’s a popular destination in the summer for its many festivals, but Brighton isn’t just for the summer. You’ll find something to do here year-round when you want an excursion from your private rental property in London.
This guide will help plan your trip, no matter what season you choose to visit this eclectic city.
Brighton and Hove has a buzzing music scene. Live music is easy to come by and visitors are spoilt for choice. Check out The Prince Albert, Latest Music Bar and Concorde2 for both club nights and intimate acoustic sessions.
This city is stuffed full of museums and galleries, some of which have free admission. The Royal Pavilion, built as a pleasure palace for King George IV, now houses galleries, museums and unique exhibitions. A walk around the city reveals a number of smaller museums and galleries, including Brighton’s Toy and Model Museum near the railway station. Zorian Artworks is another creative hotspot, located on the Promenade, and there’s also the Old Police Cells Museum near Brighton’s Town Hall.
Aside from the many festivals that can be found year-round, a trip here would be incomplete without a visit to Brighton Pier. It’s perfect for everything from people watching to enjoying the rides. For an authentic experience, have your fortune told or purchase the obligatory ‘stick of rock’.
The Lanes and North Street in Brighton are home to some quirky shops and tiny malls selling all sorts of items, from T-shirts to puppets. If you are looking for unique souvenirs this is the place to head to, and it’s worth your time for some interesting window shopping.
The quintessential British Sunday Roast can be bought at almost any pub across England, as can that nation’s national dish: Fish ‘n’ Chips. Try the Lion and Lobster for the 2017 winner of Brighton’s Best Sunday Roast award. Thanks to the cultural variance found in Brighton and Hove, you can find almost any type of cuisine in the many restaurants and cafés dotted around town.
Parks, Gardens and Natural Spaces
Brighton and Hove is dotted throughout with many beautiful parks and gardens that are free to explore. Brighton Beach can’t be missed and Seven Sisters Country Park is a beautiful natural space to explore the many trails and cliff paths. Not to be forgotten, St Ann’s Well Gardens near the seafront of Hove incorporates tennis courts, a children’s area, and beautiful trails winding through lawns and beautiful treed areas.
Brighton is a relatively small city, even when including neighbouring Hove, so it can be traversed easily on foot. However, if you’re looking to get somewhere a little quicker than walking speed there are plenty of other transport options available. Brighton and Hove has an excellent bus service that allows people to reach almost any part of the city and outer suburbs with relative ease. Fares range in price depending on the frequency and number of trips you pay for. Single fares start at GBP£2.20 for a ‘short hop’ in the central area and get up to GBP£60 for 30 single trips purchased at one time. Train fares in England are quite expensive. A return trip from Brighton to London will set you back by GBP£53.30 and take you just over an hour to reach the central city. You may save some money by booking tickets over a month in advance. England’s black cabs can be found in all major towns and cities. Registered black cab fares start at GBP£2.80 and increase per mile/time. Expect a short 8 minute journey to set you back by about GBP£8.28.
You will find a few different bike hire places in Brighton and Hove, with prices ranging from around GBP£7.00 to GBP£15.00 per day. From September 1st, 2017, Brighton and Hove City Council’s bike scheme will make 450 Social Bikes available across the city at hourly (GBP£1.80) or yearly (GBP£72.00) hire rates.
Somewhere to stay
Accommodation in Brighton covers everything from hostels to plush hotels. It really is up to you how much you want to shell out on your room while you are in this city. Hostel rooms start from around GBP£9.00 for a bunk in a dorm room and all the way up to GBP£270 per night for a junior suite in a top boutique hotel on Brighton’s seafront. Clearly, there’s plenty to see and do in Brighton and Hove. With most sites easily explored by foot, it’s easy to consider this destination as either a day trip or an extended stay while visiting London. This guide should be enough to get you started, while the charm of the town itself will surely have you returning to experience even more.
The author of the article is Sasha Garcia - oasiscollections
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