1. To believe in India and China, Indian on the outside, chinese on the inside: the Royal Pavilion is a curiosity of architecture. VisitBrighton

The Royal Pavilion is a curiosity of architecture. Seen from the outside, it looks like a palace of india with its dome, its bulbs and its minarets. But once inside, one feels transported into the China of the past. Stairs bamboo, dragons wound around golden columns, tapestries depicting myths chinese… Many of the “chinoiserie” which reflects the eccentricity, the legendary British, in particular that of king George IV, who established his residence in edge of sea at the beginning of the Nineteenth century. Throughout its two centuries of existence, the building has received several functions, including the one hospital for wounded indians during the First world War.

Enter to 13.50£/15€ (- 10% by booking online). The History Pass also gives access to the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and Preston Manor at preferential rates.

2. For its seafront and its pier, Casino, arcade games, amusement park… Brighton Pier is a place of fun for young and old. Pixabay

one of the most emblematic places of Brighton is neither completely on land nor completely at sea. This is the Brighton Palace Pier. Opened in 1899 in the full mode of the sea baths, the pier is a place of fun for young and old. It accommodates a casino, games arcade, an amusement park and numerous stands where to taste the traditional fish & chips.

a few hundred metres to the west is another pier… but “vertical”. It was imagined the British Airways i360, the tallest observation tower in the world in motion (162 m), designed by the architects of the London Eye. The viewing platform, circular and all in glass, rises to 138 metres of altitude like an elevator in five minutes. On a clear day, one can see the cliffs of the coast of Sussex and even the isle of Wight, a distance of 60 km. In the spring and summer, a steam train, the Volk”s Electric Railway, runs along the pebbly beach of 1.6 km between the aquarium and the marina (Brighton Marina).

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3. For its narrow streets are chic and bohemian North Laine is the bohemian district of Brighton, located between the train station and the historic centre. VisitBrighton/Adam Bronkhorst

Between the waterfront and the city centre, we take pleasure to get lost in the neighborhood of the Lanes (“lanes” in English), the historic heart of Brighton. There is a succession of antique shops, jewellery shops, fashion shops and traditional pubs reputed to be haunted by ghosts. Not far away, change of scenery with the North Wool. It is the bohemian quarter of Brighton, the equivalent of Camden Town in London. Tea rooms, restaurants, organic, and contemporary art galleries rub shoulders with record stores, vintage clothing shops and workshops of recycling’. Most of the facades and urban facilities are covered with frescoes of variegated. And for good reason, North Laine is also a mecca of street art.

4. For its countless festivals

regardless of the months of the year, Brighton lives to the rhythm of the festivals. The famous seaside resort as much as science (Brighton Science Festival in February), the beer (Sussex Bier & Cider Festival in march) or the arts. The paddles and kites have the same right to their quarter-hour of fame in July. The Brighton Festival is the most popular event: during the month of may, the resort hosts more than a half-million festival-goers who came to drink of theatre, music, literature, performing arts. In the month of August is held the Brighton Pride, the largest pride event LGBT in the United Kingdom . The full list of festivals is available on the website of the tourist office in Brighton.

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5. To walk on the chalk cliffs of The Seven Sisters Country Park is a 45-minute bus ride from Brighton. Shutterstock/Kanuman

The chalk cliffs, true symbols of the coastline of the south of England, begin on the eastern edge of Brighton. But to admire the most beautiful and famous of them, the best way is to make it to Seaford, which is accessible in 45 minutes with the bus n°12, called “The Coaster”. It is here that begins the natural park of the Seven Sisters, a series of seven chalk cliffs of white caressed by the waves of the English Channel. A walking path (South Downs Way) traverses the cliffs between Seaford and Eastbourne (10 km). These cliffs remind us, in France, those of Étretat in Normandy, or those of the Cape Blanc-Nez in the Pas-de-Calais.

How to go?

By train: network Southern dessert Brighton from London Victoria (1 hour) and Ashford International (2h), from 5 gbp/5,50€.

By air: Gatwick airport, 30 minutes by train Brighton is served by British Airways, Easyjet and Vueling from Paris CDG, and many French cities.

By ferry: the company DFDS operates as a liaison between Dieppe (Normandy) and Newhaven, 30 minutes from Brighton. Two to three crossings (4h) are provided each day. One-way fares pedestrian: 29€.

since: National Express connects London Victoria to Brighton (2 hours), from 2,50£/3€.

Where to stay?

Brighton has a wide range of accommodation developed for all budgets. The Grand Brighton Hotel embodies the best spirit of the resort. Located on the beachfront, this 4-star hotel has 201 rooms and suites spread on seven floors. Opened in 1864, the hotel-style italo-victorian features a spa, a gym and a restaurant with a terrace. From 70£/80€ single room, a£100/113€ the double room, breakfast included.

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