Londoners love to escape their crowded city on the weekends, and with so many amazing destinations a mere train ride away I don’t blame them. One of the most frequently recommended places to me for a reprieve from the big city was the coastal town of Brighton. By train it’s a short one hour distance and makes for a relaxing day trip.
Two of my favorite Seattleites turned Londoners joined me. We left London at 10AM and made it back by dinnertime. We would have stayed longer but the weather wasn’t as sunny as we hoped. We still enjoyed all the non-beach activities that Brighton has to offer.
As you can see the day was overcast and gray, very reminiscent of Oregon beach trips!
We walked along the famous Brighton Pier which has been open since 1899. At the end of the pier there are carnival rides and roller coasters. I am not a fan of roller coasters, and especially not ones that are perched precariously on the end of a 19th century pier, but plenty of people were partaking so the people-watching was entertaining.
Jessie and Shirley admiring the pier.
This Taj Mahal-like structure is known as the Royal Pavilion. It was built for George IV and completed in 1823. It was passed down through the Royal family until Queen Victoria abandoned it due to its the lack of privacy once train service began between London and Brighton in 1841. It’s evolved over the years first as a military hospital during WWI and now as a tourist attraction.
We ended our day exploring The Lanes, a group of narrow, winding walkways connecting wanderers with shops, boutiques, restaurants, and cafes. My favorite find was a delicious chocolate shop that had so many varieties of fudge I could have spent hours sampling them all.
Brighton was a perfect day trip. Next time we’ll plan around sunnier weather so we can lounge on the beach for a few hours too!