There’s no better a city to spend the summer in the UK than Brighton. This beachside city, just an hour away from London, is great all year round but particularly in the warmer months. With countless beachfront bars to drink in, bustling cafes to enjoy and plenty of events going on throughout the summer, Brighton really is a must-visit destination. So, whether you’re planning on taking a day trip from London or staying for a little longer, here are all of the spots that you’ll want to visit in Brighton this summer.
The North Laine
It’s impossible not to fall in love with Brighton’s bohemian North Laine area, particularly in the summer. These narrow streets are packed full of independent cafes, restaurants, quirky shops and bars and the area is loved by locals and tourists alike. The colourful buildings here also mean it’s one of the most picturesque areas in the city and the best place to take your Insta’s.
Brighton’s South Lanes, or the posh lanes as they are often known, are one of the most picturesque and oldest parts of the city. Unlike the North Laine, the south lanes are a little more high end, offering lots of restaurants, bars, antique shops, and fancier stores. So, if you’re after a nice dinner out in the warmer months, this is the area that you’ll want to go.
The South Downs National Park
Everyone thinks of Brighton as a beach town but what a lot of people forget is that the city borders on to the countryside too. Just a short bus ride away from the city centre is the start of the south downs, a huge national park that stretches out for 260 square miles. With plenty of walking trails to follow and pubs to visit, the countryside really of the nicest places to spend a summer’s day in Brighton.
Located right in the heart of the city, the Pavilion Gardens is a chilled place to sit and enjoy your lunch outside in the summer. The gardens are home to the Royal Pavilion palace, a former royal residence of the Prince Regent and now an iconic Brighton landmark. Because the gardens are located in the heart of the city, it’s so easy to pick up a tasty lunch form one of the cafes nearby and eat it out in the sun.
Hove Beach Huts
Hove Beach is a must visit in Brighton if you want to escape the summer crowds. Located just a short walk along the coast from Brighton’s main beach, Hove beach is more popular with locals and its a nice place to spend a relaxing day, swimming and chilling on the beach. Be sure to stop by the hove beach huts, another iconic Brighton landmark. These colourful bathing huts are gorgeous and will look great on your Instagram feed.
It’s pretty obvious, but Brighton Beach is where you’ll want to spend most of your time in the summer. When it comes to atmosphere, it’s hard to beat the vibe down here as the beach and bars on the esplanade fill up with people. There are loads of things to do such as riding on the I360, Brighton’s viewing tower, getting fish and chips on the pier or just having a drink in one of the many bars and restaurants on the beachfront.
Roundstone Pick Your Own
A local favourite, a trip to Roundstone Pick Your Own really is the best way to spend a summers day. Located a short drive from the city, Roundstone is a massive farm with a huge selection of Pick Your Own fruit and vegetables. With everything from berries, rhubarb and pretty much every type of vegetable available, this Pick Your Own is way more fun than a trip to the supermarket.
Nearby villages, Ditchling, Lewes
There are so many villages that are worth visiting, just a short train, bus or drive away from the city. These include places like Lewes and Ditchling, both of which are really accessible and the nicest places to spend a few hours wandering around and stopping off somewhere for tea.