I’ve been to Brighton, and more specifically, Brighton Pier more times than I can remember. Each time I go it’s as fun as it was before (although I never visit Sea Life, though I would very much like too!) I went very recently, to ‘drop off’ my friend to her new boarding school, and when we said goodbye we spent the rest of the day exploring. The restaurant we went to will be posting in reviews and the link will be here https://everydaywalnut.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/the-regency-restaurant/ –> -MW
From Central London it takes around two hours or less on the motorway to get to Brighton. Anymore and you’re probably stuck in some very bad traffic. If you follow the signs which say ‘City Centre’ you should manage to find the pier and the coast at the same time.
When you’re there, make the most of your time. If you’re a budding family which young children you should get there at about 10am and go into Sea Life Brighton, if you’re a couple visit the pier first and go on all the rides, and if you’re just here for no reason at all visit the Brighton Marina first for some shopping and seaway food before heading towards the pier.
Brighton Marina-There’s enough car parking spaces for there to be no overflow so don’t be worried about driving to the Marina unless it’s a very busy day there. If it’s nearly lunchtime/dinner already go to the food road which is filled with all continental food restaurants, like Prezzo and Pizza Express to Nando’s and yes, McDonalds. Fish and chip shops are mainly situated on the pier, but I am certain there’s at least one fish and chip shop in the Marina (it would hardly be a Marina otherwise.). Not hungry? Locals or shopaholics will spend time at the Asda hypermarket, but if you come from a further place check out the ‘Marina Centre’. Inside there are lots of nippy little home-grown, homemade shops selling carved wooden objects to woollen clothing. In the square are public table tennis courts with everything needed for playing and some funfair type games for the more eccentric thrill-seekers. Parking is maximum three hours, no return in two hours.
Brighton Pier-Ignore the burned one on your right. This one is chic, fun, and loaded with rollercoasters, scary and spooky rides, baby rides for the little ones and so many stalls selling candyfloss, jewellery, pierces, food and so many others with prizes to win at hand! (If you can beat them that is!) There are casinos for the gamblers and little memories for the lovers, rides for the thrillers and food for the hungry ones, so why not have a visit? The Ferris Wheel, a crazy golf course and the Sea World are all right next to it.
Brighton Beach-Runs along the coast and follows the road next to it. Stones only, and the tide is pretty sharp at times. There are some crazy golf courses which looked absolutely wonderful when I passed them (sadly I was on a two hour time schedule and I couldn’t visit the pier and the course in that time) which also sell slush puppies and fish and chips.
Well that’s the Brighton Coast and what attractions are good around it! Of course, you don’t have to eat at the Marina or the pier, you can always go in town…