Experience Brighton On A Walk To The Beach
Summing up why people fall in love with Brighton is difficult. The mix of old and modern, strange and beautiful. From Georgian to Victorian, MODs to Rockers and modern day. Brighton is an eclectic mix and can be experienced, simply by walking to the beach.
Hoping on the train and heading down or over to Brighton for the day is a popular choice of trip for many people. Within easy reach of London and most of the south east of the country, it’s easy to see why. Like 100’s of the visitors to Brighton it’s easy just to head straight for the seafront, especially when the sun is shining. By simply taking an alternative route and a slightly detoured walk towards to beach, you can experience the essence of Brighton and better experience what makes the city great.
Once you’ve left the station, head down Trafalgar Street under the walkway and alongside the Railway Arches past the Toy Museum. Behind the Plexiglas on the wall of The Prince Albert Pub is an original Banksy. The poke in the eye to homophobes is said to be a two fingered salute to the art world and a hat tip to Brighton’s non-conformist nature, ‘Kissing Coppers’ is probably one of Banksy’s most notorious pieces of art and worth a detour.
Continue down the road a short way to the start of the North Laines. The narrow streets of Brighton’s North Laines are a window shoppers haven with an array of interesting and browsable independent shops, cafe and restaurants. The maze of Laines intertwine from north to south in a diverse, vibrant and colourful mix with the main hub being Kensington Gardens.
In Kensington Garden, pop in to Snoopers Paradise, a favourite with locals and visitors, providing a bric-a-brac fix. Snoopers Paradise is a flea market style shop with stalls containing absolutely anything from Victorian postcards, retro furniture through to old cameras, vintage clothing and much more - you’ve never seen or been anywhere like this before!
From Kensington Gardens, double back on yourself and walk down Kensington Street where you’ll see some of the best street art in Brighton. With the backs of some of the buildings in the street artfully spray painted with large colourful and imaginative murals by local artists, going to prove that Brighton is one of the most open minded cities in England.
Turning right and continuing through the vibrant Gardener Street where the street has a cosmopolitan air with the bars and cafes spilling out onto the street. The shops ooze the essence of Brighton’s with the MOD vibe at Jump The Gun where you’ll see a Vespa or Lambretta or two parked outside and the quirky Vegetarian Shoes which always seems to see people getting their camera out in disbelief. The buzz and colourful vibe along Gardner street is only enhanced with buskers and street performances.
At the end of the road turn left, going down the road and head into the Pavilion Gardens taking a short walk past the magnificent silhouette of Brighton’s most famous building. The Royal Pavilion never ceases to impress with its Indian and oriental influenced styling and while it’s worth going inside, walking around the exterior is enough to give you an insight into the historical character of Brighton.
A little way further through Old Steine Gardens and you’ve reach (Brighton) Palace Pier and nothing says or rather screams Brighton more than it’s pier. Before soaking up Brighton’s cosmopolitan seafront vibe, strolling along the promenade or sitting on a deck chair with your fish n’ chips, it’s well worth leave good taste at the door and talking a walk along the pier. The Victoria styling is complemented somehow by the flashing lights of arcades and fairground rides, a walk along the pier is something to remember.
*You’ve arrived at your destination, you’ve passed some of Brighton’s past, experience Brighton’s vibe and seen some of Brighton’s future - all in a walk to the beach and you’re day out at the sea has only just started.*
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