On our second trip to England, we took a day trip to the small town of Brighton, the home of the famous Youtube star, Zoella (I wouldn’t have known this if it weren’t for Julia so thanks Jules). Not quite sure what to expect, we arrived in the cutest little town only about two hours drive from London.
There’s lot’s to see in Brighton but our first stop was the Brighton pier. Super old school (opened in 1899!) and kind of kitschy, the Brighton pier is a sort of carnival/fair type of establishment with rides and vendors and an amazing view of the English channel. The day we went was beautiful and the view was spectacular.
Obviously we had to get some lunch, so we stopped and had a good old fashioned hot dog on the beach. I will admit they did not taste the same as Canadian hot dogs but they did the trick. The beach itself is very rocky with little sand so don’t make the same mistake I did and wear flip flops (unless you enjoy being continuously stabbed with sea shells)…
One of the cool things in Brighton to see is the rainbow storage units. There’s probably a hundred of them all lined up along the beach and they’re super cute!
After viewing the beach we walked through the actual town of Brighton and had an awesome time discovering all the little shops and restaurants available. Brighton is actually a university town so it had a lot of younger people as well. There is live music on every corner, little hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and artists showcasing their talent everywhere.
Other things to do in Brighton include taking a walk to the Brighton Dome which houses some of England’s new music artists, watch a movie on the beach (June and July only!) or visit the Royal Pavilion (looks kind of like the Taj Mahal).
I have also heard that there is a naked bike ride parade of sorts that goes on in Brighton every June so if biking and nudity are your thing you’re in the right place!
All in all, I actually really enjoyed Brighton! It was a nice change from the busy London so if you’re in England, definitely give it a visit! (It’s only an hour on the train so if you don’t have access to car, don’t write it off!)
Thanks for reading xx