48 hours in Brighton, UK
Brighton is situated in the South of the UK, and everybody thinks about the city as a summer destination, but it actually has a lot more to offer. Spending 48 hours in Brighton can be a perfect way to relax and enjoy a short trip to the UK. I will share with you my itinerary and how I spent 2 days in this lovely city.
Getting to Brighton
If you’re travelling from outside of the UK, probably the most convenient and cheapest way of getting to Brighton is through Gatwick airport in London, that is only one hour by bus from Brighton. If you are travelling like me from the UK, you 3 options:
By bus, and most of the coaches will have a stop or change in London or if you are lucky direct to Brighton;
By train, same story, direct, or with a stop through London;
By car, that is, in my opinion, the best way, but unfortunately, I don’t have a car, so I had to take option number 1, travelling by bus with National Express.
From Birmingham to London and from London to Brighton, the trip was around 6 hours. It was not as bad as it sounds! The coach station is only 2 minutes’ walk from the famous Brighton Pier, so on our way to the B§B, we had to have a look around.
Even if we stayed 2 nights and 3 days, including the buses we had around 48 hours to explore the city. I actually wish we had more because I really loved the city and it reminded me of home, being at the seaside.
We booked 2 nights at a cute B§B called Horizon that was 5 minutes away from the Pier and the beach, but unfortunately, we got the room in the basement so not the best. The room was nice and the bed really big, but a little noisy because we had the windows near the street and of course, we had no view. Because of the location, we overlooked these minor things and enjoyed the walk. As soon as we left our bags, we went for a walk around the shore.
Some of my recommendations to see for a short trip to Brighton would be:
Because we wanted to leave the Pier and the right side of the city for a full day of walking, we decided to go to the left and go around the Brighton Marina. It is a lovely spot for enjoying an afternoon in the shopping centre, having a drink with a great view or having a great meal in one of the many restaurants around. We stopped for some food because we were starving already and because it started raining, we decided to go see a movie before heading back to the hotel. The walk was charming and a perfect way to finish our day.
2. Royal Pavilion and the Museum
The second day we woke up, had a coffee and some breakfast and prepared ourselves for a day of walking. Happily, the sun was out, and we had a nice warm day. Going on the right side of the shore this time, we decided to start from the city and then go to the beach. The good thing was that everything was in walking distance and with the lovely weather, the walk was worth it.
The Royal Pavilion is like nothing I have seen in the UK and will make you feel like you left the UK and arrived in India, it is a stunning building and it is the most recognisable building in Brighton (maybe except for the Pier). The building is stunning, and the inside is even more beautiful. ADD LINK. We also went inside the Museum for a quick history lesson. It is a small museum but nice to visit and it won’t take you long to do it. The gardens and the Museum are worth visiting for a little more in depth of the culture in Brighton.
We stopped for an Italian panini before continuing our walk.
3. The Lanes
Leaving the Royal Pavilion and going into the city, The Lanes are a great spot for shopping, drinking and eating. These narrow streets have great charm and can be really crowded in the afternoon. The good thing is that there are no cars inside, the shops are small and charming, not like the big shopping centres, and you have several pubs and restaurants to choose from when you want to stop for a meal or a drink. We had a quick stroll in the Lanes and returned in the night time for a late dinner. People were enjoying themselves, drinking, dancing and having fun.
4. Brighton Beach
After walking in the city, I bought a pair of sunglasses, because the sun was brighter than I was expecting and went to the beach. Brighton Beach is not a sandy beach, but a cobblestone one. Some people may not enjoy the stones on the beach, but I personally love the fact that I am not leaving the beach with sand everywhere, I love the massage that the stones do to my legs when walking barefoot and I love the hot stone massage that you can get in the warm days. We went from the West Pier to Hove and decided to wait to see the Brighton Pier at sunset.
5. British Airways I360 and the West Pier
The West Pier is just the remains of the old Pier that burnt and was destroyed by storms, but it still remains a fantastic attraction point on the seaside. It is still a unique view to see the remains of the old Pier in the middle of the sea, and I am happy that they didn’t remove it from the sea. A unique attraction I could say, and I never saw something like this, people seem to enjoy sitting in from of the Pier and watching it from a distance.
The i360 tower is an observation tour 162 metres high and it was designed by the same person who created the London Eye. The viewing pod offers the best view of Brighton, and on clear days you can even see The Isle of Wight. It is a very recognisable attraction on the seaside of Brighton, and it is impossible to miss due to its impressive height.
Between these 2 attractions, you can find a lot of beach bars and tourists, of course, ice cream and people having fun.
We always use Get Your Guide to buy tickets before going to see an attraction in order to avoid the crowd and you can find everything on this website. We even bought the sightseeing tickets from here:
6. Colourful huts in Hove
I have seen a lot of photos with these colourful huts when researching Brighton and I really wanted to see them in real life. These huts became famous also from one of the videos of PewDiePie that apparently is the second biggest YouTube channel on the planet. I had no idea about this until I posted a photo and my brother asked me if they are the same huts as in this VIDEO and told me that people go there to take pictures only because of him.
The huts are really lovely, and they looked like mini houses inside, or at least that I saw opened while I was around.
7. Brighton Palace Pier
This is one of the most iconic places on the seaside of the UK. The Pier has something for everybody: carousels for all ages, arcade games, comfort food and the best view of the sunset from the city. Just make sure that the seagulls don’t steal your food, because they are always around the food places and they are not scared of people.
Funny story (not for me): bought a fantastic crepe with Nutella and went to the beach to enjoy it. I waited 5 minutes because it was too hot and when I had my first bite, a seagull stopped in my head and stole the whole crepe from my hand. 4£ wasted, so I went back to get another one because I was really craving that crepe and stayed on a covered bench to eat it! Seagulls are also symbolic for Brighton, but they are starving apparently!
The Pier is an excellent way to spend some time, a great view of the city, tasty junk food and fun in the carousels. And we were lucky to have a beautiful sunset to end a great day.
8. The countryside
For the last day, we only had half of the day to explore because our bus was leaving at 5pm. Being a little lazy in the morning, we had a coffee in bed, while watching TV and left the B§B at around 11am. We wanted to see some other parts of the city as well, and because we didn’t have enough time and our bags with us, we decided to take the sightseeing buses and do all of the 3 routes. Most of the routes were around the Marina, but it was nice because we had the headphones and we also listened to the history of Brighton and Hove.
Taking the sightseeing buses from the city, on one of the routes “the countryside route”, we arrived in an amazing place called the Devil’s Dyke. The whole road to the hills was amazing, so picturesque, with the rapeseed fields blooming in bright yellow, the green lands and animals roaming free. Going through the countryside, we got on the top of the hill where we had a stunning view of the sea from the top. Also, my favourite spot was the Devil’s Dyke, a stunning valley, where people where exploring and trekking, and I am sorry I didn’t know about it beforehand because we didn’t have time to stop there and enjoy it. This is another reason why I write this so the person reading this post won’t miss it. Especially if you are a nature lover, you will not regret it!
9. Blaker street
Blaker street is very well-known in Brighton because it is the street with the most colourful houses, and it looks impressive in photos. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the time to go around this street, but we had the chance to see it from the sightseeing bus.
10. Artwork around the city
One thing I loved about Brighton is that everywhere you go, you will find street art, and I am not talking about the classic graffiti you can find anywhere, but proper art, whole buildings painted in the most beautiful scenes. I find Brighton an artistic city, with people who love to express themselves and I could totally relate to them. It is lovely to walk around the streets and see art, than just the typical boring houses across the Uk that they all look the same.
Check this short video about my trip to Brighton!
In my opinion, 48 hours is enough to see the main attractions, but I would definitely recommend staying more if you want to spend some time relaxing. Brighton is a great city to visit in the UK, and I couldn’t recommend it more if thinking about a trip to the South of England!
From shopping places to street art, beaches and lovely spots in nature, this city has something for everybody, and it became one of my favourite cities in the UK. If you want to know anything that I didn’t cover in this post, let me know in the comments, and I will be more than happy to help you if I can.