A town dedicated to fun and partying needs a chill-out zone, and Brighton is blessed with a wealth of lovely green spaces. Preston Park, Queens Park and the Royal Pavilion Gardens all offer breathing spaces in the heart of the city, whilst further afield, there are woodland trails at Kipling Garden or great spot for picnics at St. Ann’s Well Gardens in neighbouring Hove. Try sailing or fishing down at the Marina, beach sports Californian-style on the main beach or take in a ride on the Volks electric railway, or enjoy one of the many museums. The Natural History Museum and the Fishing Museum each document a different chapter of local history, the Toy and Model Museum breathes new life into the old Railway arches with hundreds of antique toys, models and memorabilia, or make a visit to Brighton’s Sealife Centre for a day of guaranteed family fun.
For a cultural break, Brighton’s flourishing arts scene has it all. West End productions at the Theatre Royal, comedy nights and special events at Brighton Dome and Komedia, and, in the Duke of York Picturehouse, the country’s oldest cinema.
Beyond Brighton, and fashionable neighbour Hove, home of the West Blatchington working windmill, the Sussex downs offer great countryside and a wealth of historic houses, gardens, castles and attractions. The rolling landscape of the South Downs nestles right alongside Brighton and Hove, so getting away from the city couldn’t be easier. Walks and cycle routes abound, ranging from long distance tracks such as the South Downs Way or historic Monarch’s Way, to short trails and circular walks with plenty of welcoming villages and pubs en route. Stately homes such as Parham House, home of the Bloomsbury artists, Charleston house or the grand Fort at Newhaven, between Brighton and Eastbourne, all make for enjoyable days out. Further afield, historic castles, such as Leeds and Arundel, await discovery; and ancient towns such as Royal Tunbridge Wells and Chichester offer much to delight the visitor. Those holidaying with small children will enjoy a visit to Ashdown Forest and Llama Park, whilst no visit to the region can be considered complete without a lesson in history and a visit to the site of the Battle of Hastings.
If you have enjoyed our two part guide to Brighton, why not see the place for yourself and stay at the following self catering holiday cottage?