Travel to Brighton
Colourful and cosmopolitan, with a character all its own, Brighton is without doubt one of Britain's most distinctive cities. Known for its festivals, cheerful seaside charms and vibrant nightlife, this free-spirited city is a prime destination for students, tourists and ordinary Brits in search of a carefree holiday. Whether you're looking for fine dining, culture and stylish shops, old-fashioned family fun or a free-wheeling night on the town, Brighton is sure to enchant.
One element of its appeal is that Brighton caters to a variety of budgets, but in order to make your pennies stretch as far as possible, why not arrange a car share to travel to the coast? This also applies to commuters travelling to and from London
, for instance – a lift share goes a long way toward making the journey economical, meaning you have more funds leftover to enjoy Brighton's many delights.
A day out by the sea
Brighton first gained prominence as a seaside resort, so it's not surprising that many visitors make a beeline straight for the famous pebbly Brighton Beach and the Victorian Brighton Pier
– the perfect location to take some holiday snaps and enjoy an ice cream in the sun. You'll also want to check out the over-the-top Royal Pavilion
, an extravagantly exotic palace commissioned by the Prince Regent George IV in the 19th century, and the eclectic collections at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
– everything from global artefacts to local memorabilia.
Those who love a bit of retro nostalgia will enjoy the Mechanical Memories Museum
– home to the oldest working penny arcade in the UK – while shopping fanatics can spend hours browsing the quirky shops and galleries around North Laine. Also worth a visit is the Brighton Sea Life Centre
, with its huge collection of aquatic critters from around the world.
Brighton's festivals and nightlife
While there's plenty to see and do in Brighton throughout the year, it really comes alive during the Brighton Festival
and accompanying Brighton Fringe
in May, when the town heaves with performers and audiences. You can catch plenty of theatre and live music year-round, though, and even take part in some pretty lively open-mic nights at many local pubs.
Brighton also boasts an outstanding variety of establishments for eating and drinking – everything from quaint traditional tearooms and funky beachfront cafés, to elegant wine bars and sophisticated fine dining. Whether you're in search of hearty fish and chips or healthy vegetarian cuisine, Brighton won't disappoint – and when it comes time for the afterparty, the city's nightlife is legendary, with fantastic bars and clubs catering variously to the LGBT, student and tourist communities.
Ready for some fun beside the sea? Start looking for that ride to Brighton today!