Brighton’s best sights and attractions

For a while, Brighton was only exciting for language learners. But as more and more creative people have moved to Britain’s largest seaside resort, it has returned to the bustling seaside metropolis it once was. TRAVELBOOK features Brighton’s most popular sights and attractions.

Before the crown pandemic, as many as nine million tourists visited Brighton every year. Londoners in particular love to spend their weekends in the seaside town, which is only a 50-minute train ride from the capital of Great Britain. But tourists from Germany and other European countries are also attracted to the city, which belongs to the English county of East Sussex.

The seaside resort also owes its lively nightlife to them and to the many students and creatives: as soon as it gets dark, groups of revelers move through the streets above the beach and along the promenade. The gay scene meets around St. James Street in the Kemptown neighborhood. Additionally, Brighton offers a variety of sights and attractions for tourists.

Brighton’s best sights and attractions

Royal Pavilion

The celebrations have a centuries-old tradition in Brighton. Prince George IV, who ruled the island from 1820 to 1830, found the atmosphere at the London court too rigid. He retired to Brighton as often as possible to celebrate extravagant parties with his lovers. In 1822 his “Royal Pavilion” was completed, a castle with onion domes that is more reminiscent of the Taj Mahal than Buckingham Palace and is now one of the city’s landmarks.

The interior could have come from a Chinese restaurant: gilded dragons under the ceiling and silk wallpaper give an idea of ​​the party prince’s extravagance.

Popular attraction in Brighton: Royal PavilionPhoto: Getty Images

Brighton Dome

As big as the palace is the nearby Brighton Dome, which was once the stable of George’s beloved horses. During the First World War it became a hospital for wounded soldiers from India. Today there are concerts and theatrical performances.

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west pier

The charred skeleton of West Pier lies in the sea off the seaside town of Brighton as a monument to transience. This is a historic building and therefore should not be demolished. But every time a storm surge comes, another part crashes into the water.

West Pier Brighton
The remains of the West PierPhoto: Getty Images

Brighton Pier

The morbid charm of this building stands in stark contrast to Brighton Pier, a few meters to the north, which is more than 120 years old. There is a whole amusement park in the water. Those who are brave can have an adrenaline rush during a ride on the Turbo Coaster. Those who prefer to sit behind the wheel can take a few laps in the bumper car. In between, you can munch on cotton candy, colorful sweets, or fish and chips at the stalls.

Brighton Pier
View of Brighton Pier with the famous amusement parkPhoto: Getty Images

City tour with the “Greeter”

A very special way to get to know Brighton is to take a tour with a greeting. Locals drive tourists to “their” city for about two hours for free. Interested parties can register for tours at www.visitbrighton.com.

Holidays with children in Brighton

Brighton is definitely a better choice for a family holiday than London. On rainy days, parents and children can relax in the Sea Life Center Brighton, which is among the oldest aquariums in the world, pass the time or ride the oldest electric train in Britain. the Volk Electric Railway was invented by the German Magnus Volk and opened in 1883. Al pebble beach, formerly voted one of Britain’s best beaches, is suitable for swimming on a beautiful day. And if you still want to see the British capital, simply hop on the train for a day trip.

Sea Life Brighton
One of the oldest aquariums in the world: Sea Life Center BrightonPhoto: Getty Images

The Royal Pavilion is not far from North Laine. There is no space for megastores in the shops of the small streets. This makes shopping in Brighton a real pleasure, from shops selling everything needed to decorate cupcakes to shops selling vintage tableware and country style clothing. If you still need a detour to the gaps or the best shops in the world, you’ll find them on the relatively faceless Western Road.

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(Text: Judith Jenner)

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