March 22th, 2013 | Tags: Brighton,

Bohemia in Brighton: explore the home of the free spirited

Brighton is the perfect city in which to let your hair down and have a really good time. It offers a delightful balance between seaside chic and city life and everywhere you look there is vibrancy, colour and plenty of personality. Brighton is a truly unique city that allows you to be yourself.

Being a seaside city, the first place people tend to go towards is the pier – and why not? It has loads of fun, from gift kiosks to amusements and rides. It is the perfect spot for families and younger groups in the daytime and for teenagers and twenty-somethings in the evening. You can combine fun and relaxation on the pier, with benches and deck chairs readily available, or you can simply walk down a few steps and end up on the pebbled beach front.

If you’re looking for something more historical and cultural then you want to head straight for the Royal Pavilion. Built in stages between 1787 and 1823 for the Prince Regent, it boasts an impressive architectural design and some marvellous collections and examples of the chinoiserie style. An adult ticket is around £10.00 but there are plenty of concessions and offers which make it even better value for money. You could easily spend a couple of hours marvelling at the palace and the audio tours available make it that little bit more interesting for those interested in detailed information.

Brighton is also a great city for shopping, with such a wealth of shops to suit all tastes. There are shops leading from the pier all the way up to and around Churchill Square, the central shopping centre for the city, on Western Road.

For those looking for a shopping experience with more character then you want to head over to the Lanes. Exploring the Lanes ensures some wondrous discoveries; with lots of quirky shops, quaint cafes and interesting street artists you’re bound to get captivated. Vintage Mag shop and Snoopers Paradise are just two to look out for in the popular North Laine area.

When it comes to time to eat, you will be spoilt for choice as Brighton has such a wide variety of restaurants, cafes and bars to choose from. For vegetarians, Food for Friends will tantalise your taste buds, with a wonderful choice of dishes. For meat lovers, The Old Bank will serve up tasty platters of steak and ribs.

Moving beyond shops, restaurants and the pier there are a multitude of events happening in and around Brighton. Street performers, festivals and events such as Gay Pride are what really make Brighton stand out from any other city. It’s the sort of city you could visit time and time again with the knowledge that each time will be a little different.

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