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Brighton UK: 5 very British Brighton attractions

Planning on visiting Brighton UK this year, you’ll be looking for those traditional British attractions. And as much as we like to avoid stereotypes around these parts, there’s no doubting the south coast has its fair share of Britishness for visitors from Europe to enjoy.

Brighton Rock, crunchy not movie Image Flickr/lilvanili

Brighton Rock: crunchy, not movie Image Flickr/lilvanili

Here’s our 5 favourite British attractions proving we’ve still got it.

Brighton Architecture

A weekend in Brighton is just enough time to pass some of the finest English houses and architectural styles you can find. There was a surge in house building during the reign of George IV and these regency styles continued to be popular long after he died. Local firm Wilds & Busby built much of Kemp Town and Brunswick Town. And all around these are lesser streets copying the familiar regency style terraces and squares. Check out Brunswick Square and walk east from our Brighton B&B towards the marina – you’ll find many others.

Church in Alfriston. Image.Flickr/Basykes

Church in Alfriston. Image.Flickr/Basykes


Worthy of a blog post of its own. This village near Brighton UK can claim to be the oldest in Sussex. One of many day trips near Brighton, it’s just 30 mins drive away, but several hundred years back in time to ye olde English village life. If wandering its streets or walking in the nearby south downs proves too tiring don’t worry there are more tea shops than any tourists from Europe could ever fill- not exactly true, as Alfriston is very popular locally so it’s worth getting there early’ish.

Book an early call in your Brighton B&B and head inland. Especially look out for the Alfriston Festival (August) and walks along the nearby River Cuckmere.

Brighton Rock

Typical seafront fayre. Tooth cracking, gum popping candy. Stick it in your suitcase and buy it from shops in Brighton before you travel on to other British seaside resorts, because we do it best!

Brighton Pier

You can’t miss it. No, really. It’s one of the best examples of a Victorian pier still in use in UK – we used to have another one (the West Pier), but that’s another story…

The one you’ll see is in such good condition as it is one of the last to be built. Replacing an earlier ‘chain pier’ it was opened in 1899. Since then it’s been entertaining visitors to Brighton UK with its variety of shows, amusement arcades and fairground rides. You can still hire deck chairs, and sit and tuck into fish and chips – just need a hanky on your head and you’ll be half naturalised.

If you’re planing a visit to Brighton before you head off along the south coast, book now! You only need a 10 % deposit if you book online and there’s a series of Brighton winter break accommodation deals to be had.


Sussex Ale

Travelling from Europe you’re likely to have been spoilt by your own lagers – and, don’t get us wrong, we drink them too. But when visiting Brighton you need to try some local Sussex beers. Harveys, the oldest independent brewery in Sussex, is nearby in Lewes. Others worthy of mention are Hepworth’s Sussex and Dark Star.

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