Spending 2 days in Brighton is not nearly enough time to explore the entire city, but we gave it a good go. From the Sea front to the main train station, the city is very walkable but public transport it also available.
Brighton has been on my list for so long, and I finally got to explore the colourful sea side city as part of my birthday celebrations with the gals.
We left Cardiff Central around 2pm and it took around 4 hours to get to Brighton via train with a few changes in-between. In 2 days we managed to see everything that was on my list to see and eat. Here is an itinerary of places to eat, things to see and places to go.
Day 1: Afternoon
When we arrived we headed straight to our Hostel. I have stayed in many of hostels around the UK but this by far was the worst one. I was going to do a review on said hostel but let’s just say I won’t, long story short we were harassed and robbed. But no negativity here as Brighton is a beautiful city.
We got our glad rags on, well freshened up and headed out for the evening. The pier is a great place to see when the sun is setting and also when it’s dark, it’s all lit up and looks amazing in the water reflection.
After the pier we headed for food in JB American Diner. The food was delicious and really good priced. If you fancy an alcoholic beverage, there are plenty of
places on the sea front to have some cocktails afterwards, also. If you are into your alternative music and love a good dive bar, Sticky Mikes Frog Bar is the place for you, it’s also a music venue that has regular gigs.
The sun was shining, so we were up bright and early to cease the day. After walking around the Lanes which is one the most highly suggested things to in Brighton, we came across The Breakfast Club. I have always wanted to go to the London branch but every time I’ve been, it has been super busy and it certainly didn’t disappoint, if you were interested but didn’t want to chance waiting for a table you can call and book a table.
After walking around Brighton in the glorious heat, and stopping for a cocktail (or two) in numerous pubs we came across the Royal Pavilion. Every time I research Brighton, and read blog/vlogs of Brighton, everyone has visited here and its one of the main reasons I wanted to go. It has such a massive resemblance to something you will find in India and its absolutely beautiful. The Palace was built for King George VI as a seaside pleasure palace. Today, it hosts tours and weddings, and with some luck a wedding was taking place when we arrived.
After basking in the sun, it was time for lunch. My friends were recommended The Hope & Ruin by lots of people. The Hope & Ruin is a full vegan restaurant & music venue with most of their alcohol being vegan too. I wish I was being paid
to say this but this place is incredible. I’m going to be honest, I wasn’t expecting
much after trying vegan cheese, previously and me being the biggest cheese fiend person I know, but my gosh, it was amazing. I ate the deep fried olives which came with garlic mustard mayo and I also had the chilli cheese fries. If you’re heading to Brighton, vegan or not you have to try this place out as it’s such a cool and quirky place also.
After getting back to the hostel, and having a well-deserved lie down it was time to get our glad rags on again and head to La Choza. I wasn’t that bothered what we did all weekend but I knew I wanted to eat Mexican. The menu was really good, you could choose what you wanted section by section and for someone who is a little fussy like me, was perfect. I had a burrito bowl and it was very tasty, and I have to mention the perfect amount of sour cream (sour cream is life).
After some tequila shots, as you can’t go to a Mexican and not have tequila we headed to The Haunt. When doing some research The Haunt was one of the high recommended places, it was a little crowded (but it was a Saturday night) and if your into your 80’s pop, then I would definitely recommend.
Brighton is a beautiful city and I will be heading back to explore some more.
GETTING TO BRIGHTON
You can get to Brighton via train, bus and plane. Brighton Train station is situated in the centre of Brighton, and a 10 minute walk to the seafront. Nearest airport to Brighton is London Gatwick which is around a 30 minute train journey away from Brighton.
WHERE TO STAY IN BRIGHTON
We stayed in a Hostel called HostelPoint. I would not recommend this hostel to anyone. Even though the price was super cheap, there definitely was a reason for this.
There are a lot of Hotels, BnB’s, and AirBnB’s right on the sea front, or there are lots in the city centre.
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AirBnb for me is the best option, whether you want to stay in a private room, or have the entire place to yourself. If you have not used AirBnb before, click THIS LINK for £25 travel credit by signing up!
If you are thinking about heading to Brighton, then check out the Visit Brighton page to find out if there are any events happening, and to find out more about where to visit.
Have you ever been to Brighton?
What was your most favourite thing you did/saw?