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What to do and see in Brighton

What to do and see in Brighton

Brighton, for me, was a delightful discovery. I decided to take this trip out of London only the night before, to do something different and discover a city that I still did not know. Brighton is famous for its pebble beach, featuring game rooms and regency-style buildings: this small (but not too) seaside town is located south of London, about an hour by train and is a perfect destination for those wants to take a day trip from the English capital. Centro di Brighton
Let’s start with some useful information to get to Brighton and move around the city.
How to get there: from London Victoria, many trains arrive in Brighton in about an hour. Trains run about every 15-20 minutes, and in some cases they are fast trains to Gatwick airport, which stop first at the airport and then continue to Brighton (it seems that in the coming months this may change, but there will still be still many connecting trains and the time spent is always the same).
Ticket price: 26.20 pounds (to go and come back).
Turn the city: you can do it safely on foot, without problems. At the station, just before the exit and on the left, you will find a tourist information point where you can also see the city map (I suggest you take one, just for safety).
Where to eat: along the famous pebble beach there are numerous places to stop for lunch. From the restaurant to the more local burgers and fries, the choice is, and you do not risk not to eat. Just pay attention to the seagulls, because you do not have problems walking on the tables if not even to get food
Street art while you are still trying to eat it. As soon as I arrived in town, I took a map and headed to the North Laine area, its alleys and shops. I came very early, so some shops were still closed, but you already noticed that the city is lively and full of life (you can also stop here to have a coffee and have breakfast). There is also an official site of the area, where you can find all the useful information to discover the city. The first impression of the town was hyper-positive, thanks also to all the murals and the works of stress art that decorate the streets and
Royal pavilion buildings. From there I then headed to the Royal Pavilion, one of the most unique historic buildings in the United Kingdom. Why? Definitely for the architectural style (Mogul) and the Chinese style furniture. Today it is definitely a symbol of Brighton. The building was built as a holiday residence of King George IV, known lover of art and aesthetics. What we see today is the result of many renovations of a villa (much more modest) that the king used for the holidays when he was still Prince of Wales (the architect in charge was John Nash). To date, it is the only British Royal Residency not to be (more) owned by the Crown or the State,
Royal pavilion as it was sold by the crown to the city of Brighton in the nineteenth century. The interiors are a unique show, as I expected after the research I had done to understand what to visit in the city. The ticket costs 13 pounds, for 2 pounds you can buy the audio guide (a “mini-guide” on paper costs 2.75 and even if it contains the information strictly necessary I found it still useful enough). Inside you can not take pictures or videos, unfortunately, and I was very disappointed (I would have gladly done at least the photo of the giant
Brighton art museum e art gallery chandelier in the dining room). Not far away, within the same Pavilion park, is the Brighton museum and art gallery: the building is part of the Royal Pavilion Estate and was built at the beginning of the 19th century for King George IV. After Queen Victoria’s last visit to Brighton in 1845, the city government decided to sell the building and its land, so a petition was made to ask the government to sell the pavilion to the city for £ 53,000. The stable building of the pavilion, adjacent to the current site of the museum, was used as a museum as early as 1856 and is now the site of the Brighton Dome (where several shows are staged throughout the year). The museum’s current headquarters date back to 1902 (renovated in 2002).
Brighton palace pierThe admission ticket costs £ 5.20. A place that amazed and captivated me with its colours, sounds and the carefree atmosphere is the Brighton pier: located approximately at the centre of Brighton seafront, it was inaugurated in 1899, and now it is a place for rides and rests stops. There are rides, 3 “facilities – games rooms” and dining options. Walking along the long walkway, you have the feeling of (re) being in another era, more or less the one in which the pier itself was inaugurated! To colour everything, of course, who comes here to spend a part of the day and the shouting of children who, happy, run from one carousel to another and from one game to another in the game room.
La spiaggia di sassi e ghiaia A must do in Brighton is a walk along its long gravel beach: at the end of August, thanks to a climate that was still quite warm, there were still a lot of people walking (and even taking a bath). It is located “below” the street level, and the path that runs along it is dotted with locals, restaurants and shops of trinkets and knick-knacks. There are also plenty of play points for children (various rides) for the older ones such as for example, basketball courts and fields. Apart from hot or cold weather, Brighton Beach embodies the perfect
BA i360: la vista sulla città place to walk and have fun with friends. Before having a final tour through the streets of the centre, I went to the BA i360, a 162-meter observation tower overlooking the city’s waterfront. The entrance ticket costs £ 16.50, and each ride takes about half an hour. You enter the boarding area after passing security checks and the “egg” when it goes down to let people out of the previous lap. From a height of 162 meters, it offers a view of the entire city, the South Downs and the English Channel (in case of a good day it seems you can also see Beachy Head, 27 km to the east, and the Isle of Wight 79 km to the west).
BA i360: la vista sulla città I discovered a small town full of life, colourful and alive as I would have expected so much that, in the end, I was sorry to have spent a single day and I thought about going back to spend another entire day to know it and discover it even better. On the website of the city tourism board, visitbrighton.com, you will find all the useful information to explore the city.

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