The road trip continues and this week takes us further eastwards along the coast to Brighton.
In its early days, the settlement was called Brighthelmstone and records date back to as early as 1086 (The Domesday Book). Yet, during the 18th century, Brighton emerged as a health resort because of its location at the sea and developed into a popular day-trip destination for Londoners with the arrival of the railway in 1814.
Today, Brighton has two universities and a medical school and is generally liked for its seaside location and its old town area with many narrow alleys, the Famous Lanes, and small boutique stores.
One random fact that not even all locals might know is that there are 365 restaurants in Brighton and Hove. That means that you could dine out at a different restaurant every day for a whole year!
From this great selection, we have picked a few to recommend to you when you get a chance to spend some time in there:
Places to have lunch
- Located next to the Thistle Brighton
- Popular Japanese Restaurant with a large outside decked dining area
- Great value buffet restaurant with hundreds of dishes from all over the world
- Truly offers something for everyone
Places to have dinner
- Part owned by Dermot O’Leary
- If you like seafood then this Restaurant is a ‘Must Visit’
- Must book early to avoid disappointment!
- Jamie Oliver’s Restaurant
- Upmarket, stylish and yet great value
- Only a minute walk from the Thistle Brighton
Places to visit when it’s sunny
- With kids, visit the West Pier play area – a large outdoor play area right on the seafront with soft sand play areas and large paddling pool
- Stroll along the Promenade from Brighton Pier to the West Pier and you’ll pass numerous bars, restaurants and play areas for both adults and children
- With a walk through the Famous Lanes (small alleys) you’ll find a shopper’s paradise
Places to visit when it’s raining
- A visit to Brighton must include a tour of the Royal Pavilion
Other ‘Must-see-sights’ in the area are:
- The very many Festivals held throughout the year