A Chilly Weekend in Brighton

A weekend in Brighton is probably best spent in the height of summer, but hey winter/summer what’s the difference right? 😉

For those who don’t know, Brighton is a seaside town on the south coast of England. It’s home to about 160,000 people, and it’s a popular summer weekend getaway because it’s only an hour and a bit on the train from London. You might have seen pictures of the Brighton Pier or the Brighton Wheel around before.

The north of the UK was getting hammered by Storm Desmond while we were in Brighton so the weather was a little rough down south as well. Luckily we avoided most of the rain and were still able to check out the town. Even if it was a bit windy.

Below is a selection of photos that I took during the weekend in Brighton, as well as a video. Brighton is a great place for a quick getaway from the city. We’ll definitely go back when the sun comes out.

Because of the weather, most of the rides on the pier weren’t open – but we had a blast playing the games in the arcade. It’s amazing how much fun a few pennies can create.

The rocky beach of Brighton was especially cold when we were there, so we headed into the center of town to shelter from the wind. ‘The Lanes’ is the main area of town. It’s a collection of small narrow streets, packed full of shops, cafes, buskers and other visitors. You’ll see parts of The Lanes in the video below.

Video – Weekend in Brighton

History

Like the rest of the UK, the history of Brighton is very interesting. There has been discoveries in the Brighton area placing pre-roman cannibals there around 4,000 to 3,000BC.

A lot of the buildings in Brighton hold a lot of history. We had a drink at ‘The Cricketers’ bar, which was foundered in 1547 and is apparently where “Jack the Ripper” planned a lot of his murders. The Royal Pavilion is a former royal residence and in 1984 there was an assassination attempt on Margaret Thatcher at the Grand Hotel, killing 5 people.

I would highly recommend a visit to Brighton if anyone is interested. It’s a great place to explore and relax. Also, spending the weekend in Brighton was a great excuse to get out of the city for a few days.

Until next time,

Henry



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