A Day in Brighton

Friday was the best day trip I’ve ever had: I visited Brighton! Last minute we decided to go on a day trip and I absolutely loved every minute of the visit - I think Brighton even might be my new favourite place!

some of the B-right-on graffiti art scattered around the city

some of the B-right-on graffiti art scattered around the city

 

Shopping and Exploring

 

I arrived in Brighton about midday after an hour's drive with my family and Nanny. We decided to explore the city and shops first (plus grab some lunch, but more on that later) then visit the pier afterwards. 

On our way to all of the shops we passed the Brighton Pavilion, which was built as a palace for King George VI over 200 years ago.

black and white Brighton Pavilion
black and white Brighton Pavilion
black and white Brighton Pavilion

We then continued walking up to North Laine, where we wandered through various shops. All of the streets were gorgeous and crammed with little shops selling all sorts of bit and pieces. The atmosphere was bright and cheerful (which was helped by the beautiful sunny weather!) and I loved all of the flowers and flags adorning the streets!

one of the many pretty little streets in the North Laine area

one of the many pretty little streets in the North Laine area

black and white storefront of Abode
I bought one of the mini metal letters from Abode to hang on my photo frame wall at home

I bought one of the mini metal letters from Abode to hang on my photo frame wall at home

Yay, I found a little stall that sold boho clothes! I bought a little backless black and white jumpsuit - it's really cute but I'm not sure when I'll get the chance to wear it with summer starting to disappear...

Yay, I found a little stall that sold boho clothes! I bought a little backless black and white jumpsuit - it's really cute but I'm not sure when I'll get the chance to wear it with summer starting to disappear...

sign for Little Beach Boutique
hanging hearts and other gifts inside Little Beach Boutique

hanging hearts and other gifts inside Little Beach Boutique

the storefront of Posh Totty
The inside of Posh Totty, a personalised jewellery shop. It turns out I've actually ordered jewellery from this company via Not on the High Street before!

The inside of Posh Totty, a personalised jewellery shop. It turns out I've actually ordered jewellery from this company via Not on the High Street before!

the front of Rose Hill
a wall of cards, lights and flowers in Rose Hill

a wall of cards, lights and flowers in Rose Hill

the front of Sass and Belle
a display of mugs, cushions and other decorations inside Sass and Belle

a display of mugs, cushions and other decorations inside Sass and Belle

Later in the evening beautiful strings of lights were turned on. They looked so pretty hanging in between the buildings!

strings of lights hanging across one of the narrow streets in Brighton
 

Brighton Pier

 

After we had finished shopping and exploring the city (which we actually did for a lot longer than expected!), we headed towards Brighton Pier. Although it was one of the main reasons we'd come to Brighton, we didn't arrive there until about 6! Once we got to the end of the pier, my mum persuaded us to go on a ride called "Booster" where we spun around high on a crane-like machine (you can see it on the far right of the picture below!). It was very windy (I spent most of the time terrified of losing my necklace which I'd forgotten to take off!) but I'm a huge fan of heights so I really enjoyed it!

the main entrance to Brighton Pier
a view of Brighton Pier

a view of Brighton Pier

remains of the original Brighton Pier which burned in a fire

remains of the original Brighton Pier which burned in a fire

Brighton Pier written in lights

Probably my highlight of the entire day was the dance machine in the arcade on Brighton Pier. Dancing makes me so happy and it was so much fun to do with family (I won too which made it even better!)!

some of the rides at the end of Brighton Pier

some of the rides at the end of Brighton Pier

seagulls flying in a grey sky
sign for the dancing game I played in the arcade
my mum and dad getting competitive on the dancing arcade game!

my mum and dad getting competitive on the dancing arcade game!

white pebbles arranged in a heart shape on the beach
 

Eating Food

 

The food in Brighton was absolutely stunning and there was something for everyone. I have never ever seen so many vegan/vegetarian cafes and restaurants in one place - my dad and I really were spoiled for choice! We ate falafel whilst my brother enjoyed a burger, my mum had a halloumi wrap and my Nanny ate a handcrafted sandwich. There were shops selling vegan ice cream (the first I've ever seen out in a city!) and we also found the coolest ever eco supermarket - they had so many amazing vegan products that I'd never seen before!

I have never seen such an amazing selection of food in one city, Brighton really does cater for all dietary preferences!

soya latte from Pret a Manger

soya latte from Pret a Manger

the front of Hisbe
freshly baked goods inside Hisbe, the best ever eco supermarket!

freshly baked goods inside Hisbe, the best ever eco supermarket!

vegan ice cream from Gelato Gusto: I had sea salt caramel and passionfruit (both of which were divine!)

vegan ice cream from Gelato Gusto: I had sea salt caramel and passionfruit (both of which were divine!)

James' doughnuts and Nutella on Brighton Pier

James' doughnuts and Nutella on Brighton Pier

front of Grubbs Burgers
James' double patty Hawaiian burger

James' double patty Hawaiian burger

the front of We Love Falafel
the menu board inside We Love Falafel
my lunch: a vegan falafel salad box from inside We Love Falafel

my lunch: a vegan falafel salad box from inside We Love Falafel

classic chips on the seafront

classic chips on the seafront

 

So as you can probably tell, I absolutely loved visiting Brighton! Despite it being so near where my Nanny lives, I'd never been to Brighton before. I had such a good trip that I now want to revisit it as much as possible. My camera barely left my hands as I was taking so many photos! I've even figured out if it would be possible to do as a day trip from Glasgow - the answer is yes: you can fly from Glasgow Airport to Gatwick Airport then get a 20 minute train to Brighton from there! If you're ever near Brighton then I'd definitely recommend visiting!

me taking photos of pretty much everything in Brighton

me taking photos of pretty much everything in Brighton

 

Have you ever be to Brighton?

What are your favourite places to visit?

 
a photo of me taking a photo in Brighton