Brighton is a great city, with enough to keep you entertained for a lifetime. If you’re only on holiday and only have a day or two to explore it, though, you might need a little advice. Here are our Top 5 Attractions to visit in the seaside city.
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World-famous for a reason the pier is a Brighton institution and no trip would be complete without at least a quick walk along it.
The remains of the old West Pier can be seen from the promenade of the surviving pier by Grand Junction. The skeleton of metal is still incredibly beautiful, despite years of storm damage and remains a great reminder of its former glory.
The modern pier offers everything you’d expect from arcades to restaurants, including the best fish and chips within hundreds of miles.
If you’re a vintage shopper than The Lanes could well be your paradise. A collection of narrow streets, crammed with various boutiques, it is a warren of fine designer clothes, retro phones, brand-name shaded and cuddly toys.
The hunt for a bargain is on, made all the more enjoyable by the lack of charity street-collectors and the presence of entertaining street performers.
The Brighton Toy and Model Museum
We have yet to discover a toy museum that didn’t instantly send us to a happier time, when our only concern was when we’d have to stop playing to eat and sleep.
Located in the magical arches of a railway station, this museum is right in the city centre and offers a collection of over 10,000 toys. You can even play with a few, while toy trains take long laps around the building.
The festival takes place for three weeks every May and the city becomes a hive of excitement throughout that time, so it’s well worth planning your trip to coincide.
The programme changes every year, but you can expect around 700 shows of theatre, musical and art.
The Brighton i-360
Although not open until next year, we thought it was worth mentioning this eye-catching design that will soon dominate the Brighton skyline. The sleek-looking observation tower will stand a full 183 metres high and be able to carry 100 visitors to its top, at one time.
It’s no surprise that it’s being designed by those clever people behind the London Eye, although you can expect a more beautiful view and cheaper prices.
Written by Matt for The Claremont Hotel, a luxurious boutique, family run hotel right in the heart of Brighton.
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