Brighton is one of the most popular seaside towns in the UK. A university town, an hour and a half from London, and with unique attractions, it is definitely worth a short break. There is so much to see and do in the area that you really will be spoiled for choice. As a beach resort, Brighton has all the traditional ingredients. The beaches are large, although pebbly, and it is one of the dwindling number of British seaside resorts with a standing pier. There used to be two, but only ruins of one of them remain now, and the remaining one contains seaside amusements for the whole family.
Guided tours - With so many attractions in Brighton it is difficult to know where to start. There are a variety of guided tours and walks available, including a totally free "VisitBrighton Greeters" scheme. The greeters, who all live in the area, will show you places of interest that you may otherwise miss, as well as some of the more famous sights. You can also download MP3 walking guides, and there are a few different Brighton apps available for iPhones. If you prefer not to walk, then why not find one of the open top guided bus tours? And if the weather is bad, you can sit on the lower deck. Commentary is provided in several languages.
Brighton's very own palace - If you've never been to Brighton before, you may be a little shocked to find a building that looks a little like a mini Taj Mahal. It is in fact the Royal Pavilion, which was home to the Prince Regent, later King George IV. The interior of this palace is incredibly ornate and it is filled with beautiful exhibits, some loaned by HM The Queen. It is something you should certainly see, and is definitely worth the entrance fee.
Brighton's museums and galleries - Not only is there the main Brighton Museum and Art Gallery with a great range of exhibits, but there are also a wide range of small, independent art galleries and small museums to visit, including the Fishing Museum, a toy museum, and the Booth Museum of Natural History.
Something for everyone! - If you prefer to be more active, you can hire a bicycle and cycle along the sea front or around the town. There a number of locations where bicycles can be hired. A visit to The Lanes is a must, as it is one of the most unique shopping areas in the country; the shops are full of character and you can buy gifts, jewellery, and antiques. For nightlife, Brighton has it all. The Marina area is home to bars and restaurants and the city is full of nightclubs and bars. There is a thriving gay scene in Brighton and there are a lot of LGBT clubs that are popular with gay and straight clubbers.
Even if none of these ideas appeal to you, a visit to tourist information centres in Brighton will show you that there is so much to do here, and the atmosphere of Brighton will bring you back again and again to experience even more of this vibrant town.
Andrew writes frequently about travel and eco-holidays. He also maintains a financial blog, covering everything from pensions to savings accounts to umbrella companies .