Brighton, England, once a tiny little fishing village, is one of the UK’s greatest places to get away from the hustle and bustle of the work week and enjoy a little family holiday. Accessible via A259, A270, and A23, Brighton is easy to get to, and even easier to fall in love with.
For the history and architecture lover, Brighton boasts the stunning Royal Pavilion. With its curving lines of Indian architecture and tastefully decorated interior, the Pavilion is not to be missed. King George IV once called it home and you will love this gem of history.
The Hove Lawns, home of an annual peace festival, is adjacent to the famous Peace Statue in Brighton. Built in the early 1900’s as a monument to the reign of King Edward VII, the awe-inspiring imagery of the angel grasping an olive leaf can only make your jaw drop and your hand hold your heart.
You can almost feel the peace wave over you as the waves from the sea roll in right next to the lawns and statue.
If you enjoy tasting the local cuisine, visiting the local shops, and enjoying ale in the local pubs while you are on holiday – as if anyone doesn’t – Brighton’s The Lanes is a must-see destination. Under your feet you can feel the history of the place as you prance upon the cobblestone in The Lanes cluster of narrow little alleys. In these alleys, your senses can go wild as you gaze through shop windows at sparkling jewels or venture into a fine, funky boutique for fashion finds available nowhere else but Brighton.
If all that shopping makes you hungry and thirsty, The Lanes is the place to find an eatery; bistros and pubs abound, and there is something to suit everyone’s taste in The Lanes. Don’t forget to take a break to watch a busker while you are there; that is some kind of fun.
To satisfy the nature lover inside you, one of the coolest places to visit is just north of Brighton, and is known as Devil’s Dyke. Devil’s Dyke—so called because of the legend surrounding the area – offers visitors a panoramic view of Weald. It would probably be wise to leave your auto at the Brighton Beach Pier and take one of their many “convertible” busses to the sight. The open air atmosphere only adds to the delight and with hourly treks, there is sure to be a ride available when you arrive.
If you feel the need to get a little more exercise, or if the young people really want a day of refreshing water fun, right down the road from Brighton’s peace statue is the Prince Regent. This swimming oasis holds and old fashioned charm and has an aura of just plain fun about it. With slides, deep diving pool, and lanes for the serious swimmer, Prince Regent offers an aquatic good time for children and adults alike. If you are not a swimmer, it is a fun place to sit and relax while the kids work off all that youthful energy.
If you are wondering where to go on holiday this summer, why not head toward the sea and visit the historical yet whimsical town of Brighton?