Voted one of the Top 10 pebble beach destinations in the world, Brighton Beach is an hour away from London by Southern Rail. I happened to visit the University of Sussex (Falmer Station, 5 mins from Brighton City) and on my return, decided to walk across the pier and the coast of Brighton Beach. I had previously visited Southend-On-Sea however, I had never been to Brighton and so I was excited as soon as I figured that I would be going there.
For us Londoners, the hustle and bustle of the city can sometimes get overwhelming and so it is nice to escape to the seaside at any opportunity and appreciate the peacefulness and natural air that the sea can offer.
Of course, it is not possible to go to the seaside without grabbing a bag of fish and chips. I came across this restaurant as I was walking towards the Pier from the station. There are such a huge selection of places to choose from, you just can’t go wrong! It has been really cold late February this year, and so the beach was all but empty. Nevertheless, it still made for a calm stroll. I also picked up two beautiful seashells to take home as memorabilia for the day.
I then walked towards Brighton Pier (which closes at 5pm during this time of the year). Inside the arcade area, there are numerous games and activities to stay busy with and as a true seaside activity. As I entered just as closing time approached, I didn’t manage to spend very much time at the Pier. As I looked around, I did spot the Brighton Wheel!
Erected in 2011, Brighton Wheel is one of the most prominent attractions on Brighton Beach. I did um and ah over whether or not I should have a ride, but in the end I did decide to climb on. It was £8 for four revolutions – about 15 mins in total, which isn’t bad at all. The panoramic views from 50meters above sea level were absolutely breathtaking, and the seafront view from the Wheel was a perfect end of the trip. There weren’t many people so I did have my own private capsule (usually £45 – another reason to go off-peak).
There is also a SeaLife of Brighton, just opposite the Brighton Wheel. Again, time constraints prevented me from spending more time. I most definitely have saved Brighton on my ‘to-do-again’ list! Brighton would definitely be much more beautiful in summer sun and I do look forward to visiting it more in the future.
Have you ever visited Brighton or another beach city of the UK?
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