8 things not to miss during your Brighton retreat
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Everyone needs to get away once in a while, and Brighton is certainly one of the UK’s best destinations for a quick retreat. However, with so much to see and do, you could easily miss out on some of the best things Brighton has to offer. So, if you want to get the most out of your time away, here are 8 things you should certainly not miss whilst on your Brighton retreat.
1. Take a stroll down Brighton Pier
Brighton Pier was built back in 1899 and has since become the city’s largest visitor attraction. As such, no true Brighton retreat would be complete without a visit. Walking up it doesn’t take too long, but it’s easy to spend hours in the amusement park and arcades or casinos. There’s plenty of places to stop and eat, making the Brighton Pier great for adults and families alike.
2. Walk far and escape the masses
The Brighton coastline really is spectacular, especially if you are lucky enough to catch an evening sunset. Either way, be sure to take a long walk along the seafront. The few hundred metres either side of the pier is always pretty busy. However, after that, you can soon start to lose the crowds and can enjoy a little more peace and serenity.
3. Visit the Royal Pavilion
The Royal Pavilion was first constructed all the way back in 1787, and has undergone a lot of work over the years to keep it in the great shape it is today. This striking, Indo-Saracenic inspired building is now Grade I listed and houses a lot of precious items on loan from the Queen. The gardens surrounding the palace are equally impressive and are maintained with purely organic methods.
4. Enjoy the nightlife
Brighton is famed for its nightlife and is known to be one of the best places in the UK for a night out. With an array of pubs, bars and clubs, as well as a large LGBTQ community, there really is something to suit everyone. It is also the perfect location for hosting a stag do or hen weekend. There are plenty of mega clubs all situated near to the Brighton Palace Pier, making them easily accessible from all local hotels.
5. Dive into the Sea Life Centre
The Sea Life Centre, situated right on the Brighton seafront, is actually the UK’s oldest operating aquarium. It was first built almost 150 years ago and is a popular spot for people of all ages looking to better understand what lives below the ocean’s surface. Perhaps as impressive as the array of fish on display are the wonderful gothic arches that stretch overhead and showcase how old the building really is.
6. Take a walking tour
The best way to really get to know Brighton is to take a walking tour. You can learn all about its historical significance, and the role it plays in helping to promote progressive attitudes. Brighton is widely considered the LGBTQ capital of the UK, and there is plenty to see and to learn about this movement. There are a number of tours to choose from, some paid and some free. Here is a useful article to help find one that’s right for you.
7. Sail the open seas
If you’re looking for a truly unique Brighton retreat, then taking a boat tour out into the open water may well be the best thing for you. Trips typically last around 2 hours, and you get the chance to sip on champagne and watch the sunset over the horizon. If you’re feeling particularly brave, the captain sometimes lets passengers drive the boat for a short while.
8. Soar up in the British Airways i360
The British Airways i360 is one of the newest additions to the Brighton landscape and opinions on how it looks remain mixed. But regardless, there is definitely no better way to scope the area than from 450 feet up in the air. On a good day, the views stretch all across the South Downs and even as far as the Isle of Wight when you face the other way. You can even enjoy Afternoon Tea whilst up there, as such, we recommend this as the perfect way to end your Brighton retreat.
Get your Brighton retreat off to the right start
To get your Brighton retreat off to the best start possible, you should make sure you book some great accommodation for your time away. Here at Brighton Retreats, we offer 2 wonderful apartments for you to relax in when you’re not out and about enjoying the city. For larger groups, we recommend you check out this property that is located right in the heart of Brighton. Or, if you’re a small family or couple looking for a quick getaway, our Marine View flat is certainly the place for you.
If you have any more questions or would like to discuss coming to stay with us, please do get in contact.