Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Brighton on the South Coast of England

This Trip: 2013.04.27

On the south coast of England there is this lovely town - Brighton, the major part of the city of Brighton and Hove. Due to its proximity to London, Brighton is one of the most desirable holiday destinations for both Londoners and international tourists. The train journey from London Victoria to Brighton takes only 1 hour. One-way ticket per person costs £5 the cheapest.

Royal Pavilion, often referred to as the Brighton Pavilion, is the premier landmark of Brighton and Hove. This former royal residence was built in 18th century as a seaside retreat for King George IV, in the Indo-Saracenic style prevalent in India back then, with an extravagant Chinese-styled interiors. As we arrived early at 10:30, we successfully beat the queue and avoided the crowd which would have been a nuisance for the visit and taking some good pictures. The magnificent building is no doubt a masterpiece. This is not a huge palace, however, a 2-hour visit shall be appropriate. Entry per adult costs £10.5. Print a voucher from VisitBrighton for a 10% discount.

One of my favorite kinds of trips is when sightseeing can be done entirely on foot, because it saves me lots of time and money on public transport. Brighton is a compact town where malls, shops, pubs, and restaurants are all located in the vibrant town center, not to mention popular tourists’ spots like Royal Pavilion and Brighton Pier are only 12- and 18-minute walk away respectively from Brighton station. We did quite a lot of sightseeing in this 1-day weekend trip. Apart from Royal Pavilion and the seaside, interesting spots include Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, St Nicholas Church, Clifton Terrace, Vine Place, Powis Square, St Michael’s Place, Vernon Terrace, Montpelier Crescent & Villas, Hampton Place, Western Pavilion, Western Terrace, Hippodrome, Bath Arms, Black Lion, The Cricketers, Town Hall, The Pump Room, etc.

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