My name is Jessica and I am an intern at VisitBrighton (www.visitbrighton.com). I have only lived in Brighton a year myself, and I still consider myself a tourist, as I haven't yet eaten at all the yummy restaurants and visited all the attractions here in Brighton. VisitBrighton and I have decided to plan this trip for you to give you a basic plan for your trip, as there is simply so much to do and so much fun to be had in this creative city with a blend of modern culture and exotic architecture, sea and countryside, and a distinctive free-spirited atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else.
At less than an hour to Brighton from London Victoria station, you can be in Brighton as early as breakfast time, and catch the last train(23:37) back to London to catch the last tube to your home/hotel. I have listed below an example of (what I consider to be) a perfect day trip in Brighton.
Arrive in Brighton at 11:00am and head down through North Laine to The Royal Pavilion , which was the exotic royal palace of George IV. You pay £6.70 for a group. The thing that amazed me the most was the luxurious dining room and the kitchen where his 36-course meals were prepared.
After the hour long tour in the Pavilion, you'll need lunch. You might want to head to the Visitor Information Centre beforehand (located directly at the exit of the Pavilion tour) to grab a map or pamphlets about all that is going on in Brighton. Then head over to Casa Don Carlos, both a local favorite and well-known among tourists. The tapas are to die for! Don Carlos is right in the heart of The Lanes , with seating inside or outside for you to catch a bit of sun or watch the passersby. The staff is really friendly and the food is authentic.
Tapas at Don Carlos will guarantee you will need a walk to digest all the amazing food, and a stroll through The Lanes and the North Laine is perfect for that. Both areas are loaded with shops of all kinds, with The Lanes offering more boutique shops, and the North Laine being the more "bohemian" area of Brighton, with alternative shops and vegetarian cafes. No matter your style, you'll find some of the most unique buys in all of the UK in Brighton, so be prepared for the shopping bonanza that may ensue. Wander in and out of the shops and pubs and (if you have time!) head south to the seafront and check out the beach, the pier, the Artists' Quarter , the loads of little cafes and restuarants along the boardwalk, and play volleyball at Yellowwave , Britain's first beach sports centre.
Wherever you wander, make sure you work up an appetite as much as possible for Terre a Terre , just 2 minutes from the seafront near the pier. The vegetarian menu of Terre a Terre should not put off non-veggies at all. You won't even notice there is no meat on the menu, with the intense flavours and daring combination of ingredients. Three days after my first meal here, I pulled my chair up to the table for another go!
Brighton's got enough clubs and pubs to visit a different one every day of the year, but there are so many quality ones to choose from you can not go wrong for your post-Terre a Terre drink. I suggest going to Koba cocktail bar for creative cocktails mixed by professional mixologists, but if a pub is more your speed, try the Font & Firken or the Cricketers, both right in The Lanes, just a few minutes from the restaurant. For more detailed on Nightlife in Brighton click here
Brighton is a compact city, which means your journey to the train station after your night out will be no inconvenience, only about 15 minutes walking distance from The Lanes to the station. If you do plan a night in Brighton, check out either Brighton - A 2 day trip or click here for more ideas on hotels and more things to do.
Of course, a visit to www.visitbrighton.com can help you find even more attractions, shops, restaurants, pubs. clubs and hotels for your trip to Brighton.