A city rich in history and home to one of the most diverse cultures in the UK, Brighton is a must-go place for the history-loving travellers heading to England
It would be impossible to spend even just a short break in Brighton and not notice how rich in culture and how many historical attractions the city has. Blessed with the ocean, incredible, one-of-a-kind bars and restaurants,and some eye-catching landmarks, Brighton is a UK travellers favourite.
Here are a couple of things you have to see when you are coming to the popular seaside city.
Anyone who has been to Brighton has most likely visited the Royal Pavilion.This Eastern-inspired TajMahal building was once the home to King George IV when he was Prince Regent. The Royal Pavilion is a reflection of the flamboyant nature of the Prince, mimicking Buddhist and Hindu architecture to create something entirely new.
If you visit the Royal Pavilion today you will see that there is a beautiful garden surrounding it. At one time this was not the case, but as King George IV’s financial position improved he was able to buy more and more land around his palace. The gardens we see today were once known as the pleasure gardens and were the King’s grounds for his lavish lifestyle. Today the gardens are open to the public and located in the heart of the town.
It was John Nash who transformed the original modest design into the Indian-style palace we see today. He also brought the Prince’s vision to life, replacing straight lines and symmetry with curves and intertwining shapes to produce the fine gardens seen today.
If you are lucky enough to visit Brighton then be sure to stop at the Pavilion whilst you take a break from the bustle of the busy streets. The gardens are a popular place for picnics and sunbathing in the summer, and being just moments from the city centre you can relax and then be right back into action when you wish to explore more of Brighton.
The North Laines
Brighton is known for its uniqueness and offering a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, due to the variety of independent shops and markets which line the North Laines. The North Laines isa mecca of world-inspired stalls and vintage shops, surrounded by small cafes and independent health food shops. There is also a ‘South Lanes’ which is arguably more popular and is closer to the sea.
Walking through the Laines you cannot ignore the street art.It is a key part of the culture in Brighton and has been the canvas for art legends such as Banksy and Nylon. Coupled with the hip image, Brighton is one the best places in the UK for nightlife and live music.
As you make your way through the Laines you will most likely wish to visit many of the pubs surrounding you, for that English pub experience.
It is hard to believe that throughout the 1940’s and 50’s the North Laines were reminiscent of a shanty town. The North Laines are now an affluent and in-demand spot for people from all over the world and can be found busy at pretty much any time of the year.
Author Bio: Tom Clark is a writer from Brighton who regularly visits Brighton’s most historical spots. He also enjoys hanging out at some of the best clubs in Brighton.