Brighton City in England
Brighton is a city that’s famous for its Oriental style palace, The Pavilion, as well its atmosphere of laid back hippy charm.
The Pavilion - Open: Daily. 10.00am – 5.15pm in the winter, 9.30am – 5.45pm in the summer. Entry Price: Adults £10.50
The Lanes - Open: 9am – 7pm. Entry Price: Free to browse, but bring spending money!
Brighton Beach - Open: All the time. Entry Price: Free
Brighton Pier - Open: 9am- late. Entry Price:
Brighton Dome - Open: Event times vary. Entry Price: Event times vary, too!
Brighton Toy and Model Museum - Open: Tuesday to Friday, 10.00am – 5pm. Saturday 11.00am – 5pm. Sunday closed. Entry Price: Adult £4.50
The first thing for visitors to Brighton to do is to visit the beach and go for a paddle. It is stony and usually quite cold, but this doesn’t stop tourists from flocking there in the summer. When you’ve dried your feet, take a walk along the very traditional, family friendly pier. With a small funfair as well as a restaurant, it’s a charming diversion.
For shopping, there’s nowhere better than the Lanes, a maze of small shops and boutiques. There’s a lot of interesting jewellery and clothes stores in there, as well as hippy style shops offering all the incense and tie dye anyone could need. When you’re all shopped out, there’s plenty of vegetarian cafés and restaurants to stop in for a breather and a nice cup of (soya) coffee. Brighton also as a good selection of high street stores to browse.
Make sure that you visit The Pavilion, the idiosyncratic palace of King George IV. The building is entirely white on the outside, with an onion dome to rival any palace in India. It is decorated in the Oriental style within, with a breathtaking banqueting room, complete with a huge 30 foot high chandelier, which dangles from the claws of a silver dragon.
Pop along to Brighton’s Toy Museum too, which is billed as one of the finest in the world. The collection holds over ten thousand toys and models, including many train sets and antique toys.
In the evening, you can entertain yourself with a trip to Brighton Dome, which holds concerts all year round in its 200 year old building, which started life as the Prince Regent’s stables. It is a multi arts venue, holding screenings of films, dance performances, comedy, literature, spoken word, and more.