Brighton is located on the south coast of England, very close to Surrey. Starting from Guildford by train, we transferred at Dorking and Redhill respectively. It takes us about 2 hours to reach Brighton Railway Station. You come all the way to the University of Surrey to study. If you want to enjoy the charming ocean in the south, Brighton must be your best destination. Brighton has a pretty straight and long coastline. It is overall a very vibrant, colorful, and creative seaside city. The warm spring and summer are the best times for Brighton. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic this year, the nationwide lockdown of the cities throughout the UK has caused many events that have been canceled. But very fortunately for me is, in October last year, my friends and I visited Brighton for two days before the pandemic. Although it was nearly a year ago, I still want to show the beautiful Brighton through my texts and pictures. After the epidemic is over, I will definitely look for opportunities to visit it again.
布莱顿海滩 Palace Pier Beach
布莱顿的海岸线非常平直，不像西南海滩的西沙，这里的海滩多被细碎的小石块和鹅卵石所覆盖。但滩头晒太阳、玩水、游泳的人依然非常多。最好的海滩就位于布莱顿中心区的Palace Pier Beach，在这里不仅能够玩水遛弯，也能够沿着海岸长廊漫步。这里有各种娱乐设施，咖啡馆、餐厅、商店，还有维多利亚时期的港口（Brighton Pier）。布莱顿码头以湛蓝的大海为背景，深入海面之中，远远望去，听着海浪的声音，引人遐思。
Brighton’s coastline looks very straight, which is totally different from the sand beaches in Southwest UK that I’ve been to. The beaches here are mostly covered by finely divided stones and pebbles. However, there are still many people on the beaches basking in the sun, playing in the water, and swimming. The best beach is located at Palace Pier Beach in the heart of Brighton, where you can not only play in the water, but also walk along the coastal promenade. There are various entertainment facilities, cafes, restaurants, shops, and Victorian harbor (Brighton Pier). With the blue sea as the background, the Brighton Pier goes deep into the sea. Looking from a distance, listening to the sound of the waves makes people fall into the imagination and deep thinking.
布莱顿码头 Brighton Palace Pier
Brighton Pier was built in the 19th century and is one of the largest piers in the UK. It used to be a Royal Pier, originally named “Brighton Palace Pier”. According to the introduction, the pier can dock more than 1,000 yachts. In addition, there are many entertainment projects on the pier and the beach, so here is also known as the “seaside playground”, there are various cafes, bars, seafood restaurants, very lively, if you come to Brighton, the pier is a must to come to take a look. There are many large entertainment facilities at the end of the pier trestle. One of the most exciting is the facility I called “high-altitude loop”. Three of my friends just can’t wait to ‘risk their life’ to try it. I just stay in the ground because I was afraid of heights since I was a child, therefore I just stayed there and watched their thrilling journey.
英皇阁The Royal Pavilion
The pavilion looks very similar to the Taj Mahal in India from the outside. Indeed, the designer of this pavilion, John Nash, originally designed the inspiration from the Islamic-style architecture of India. The designer himself is also unique in oriental architecture, which reflected by the exterior wall of the Royal Pavilion adopts a gorgeous Indian architectural style, and the interior is like a Chinese palace, shining with coiled golden dragons and dazzling colors. The construction of this pavilion took 40 years and was completed in 1783. King George IV, who was still the “Prince George”, came here to recuperate and used it as a residence and lived here. After the death of George IV, he passed the pavilion to his son William IV. In the Victorian era, she sold the loft to the local city government and officially opened it to the public ever since.
布莱顿海洋馆 Brighton Sea Life Center
布莱顿海洋馆拥有全英国规模最大的海底隧道，在这里能够看到各种海洋生物，包括鲨鱼、魔鬼鱼、海马、海龟等等，同时还能了解水下生物，以及海洋生物保护，海洋生态，食物链等各种知识。这里距离火车站需要步行 15 分钟左右，需要游览很长时间，所以最好提前规划好时间。布莱顿海洋馆兴建于1872年，是世界上历史最悠久的水族馆之一。海洋馆建筑很多也依旧保留着维多利亚时代的特色。这里每天上午10点开馆，闭馆时间根据月份而变化。门票有三种：只是进场的普通票Basic Saver Ticket；有快速通道并且享受礼品店15%OFF购物优惠的Best Value Ticket；包含一本guide book和前两种票所有服务的Ultimate Package。三岁以下的小朋友可以免门票进入，网上订票能有更多优惠。
The Brighton Aquarium has the largest undersea tunnel in the UK, where you can see a variety of marine life, including sharks, manta rays, seahorses, turtles, etc., and learn about underwater life, as well as marine life protection, ocean ecology, food chain, etc. It takes about 15 minutes to walk from the railway station and it can take you a really long time to visit, so it is best to plan your visit time in advance. The Brighton Aquarium was built in 1872 and is one of the oldest aquariums in the world. Many aquarium buildings still retain the characteristics of the Victorian era. The museum opens at 10 am every day, and the closing time varies according to the month. There are three types of tickets: Basic Saver Ticket for admission only; Best Value Ticket with fast-track access and 15% OFF shopping discount at the gift shop; Ultimate Package containing a guide book and all services of the first two tickets. Children under the age of three can enter without tickets, and there are more discounts when booking online.
英国航空i360观光塔British Airways i360
布莱顿最富有标志性的建筑就是那座从海滩拔地而起的高耸的观光塔，唯一不好的地方就是它太受欢迎，我们在塔下排队就超过了1个小时，长长的队伍直接跨过了一个街区。i360塔从外观上来看，充满了未来气息，环形观景台让它从远处看起来就像一个蘑菇。据介绍，i360是全球最高的移动观光塔，乘坐电梯到138米的塔顶，可以俯瞰周围方圆好几十公里的范围，向下瞭望布莱顿皇家建筑，如果天气允许，向西北还可以眺望到南唐斯丘陵国家公园South Downs National Park的旖旎风光，向东沿着海岸线可以看到远处位于伊斯特本的比奇角、七姐妹白垩崖，向西甚至能够看到南安普顿附近的怀特岛，非常壮观。
Brighton’s most iconic building is the towering sightseeing tower that rises from the beach. The only downside is that it’s so popular. We queued under the tower for more than an hour. The long queue Just literally crossed a block. From the appearance of the i360 tower, it is full of futuristic atmosphere, and the circular observation deck makes it look like a mushroom from a distance. According to the introduction, i360 is the world’s tallest mobile sightseeing tower. Take the elevator to the top of the 138-meter tower, and you can overlook the surrounding area for dozens of kilometers. You can look down at the Royal Brighton building. If weather permits, you can also look northwest to see the beautiful scenery of South Downs National Park, you can also see the Beach Point and Seven Sisters Chalk Cliffs in Eastbourne in the distance along the coastline to the east, and even the Isle of Wight nearby Southampton, which is very spectacular.
北莱恩小巷 North Laine
North Larne is the most bohemian area of Brighton. These winding alleys are filled with a variety of independent shops, from jewelry shops to antique shops, record shops, and so on. There are all kinds of beautifully decorated and chic small shops. It is not difficult to find fragrant coffee, street performances, artistic bookstores, kitsch, and cutting-edge designers from the 1950s. If you like to reminisce about the pop culture, this place will not be disappointed. When it gets dark, the lights are on, and Brighton’s beautiful nightlife begins. Many characteristic taverns and restaurants make Brighton’s nightlife more charming.
布莱顿博物馆和美术馆 Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
This museum and art gallery can be regarded as Brighton’s historical encyclopedia and art gallery, which located just next to the Royal Pavilion. There are many daily necessities used by local celebrities in Brighton and ordinary Brighton citizens in the museum. In addition, the art gallery displays many Victorian art works and various costume works.
In addition to these attractions, Brighton also has many colorful city events and festivals. Although we did not participate them, I also checked some information and shared in here.
布莱顿彩色跑 The Colour Run
Of course, the world-famous “color run” cannot be without Brighton, which is known for its liveliness. The color race is called “the happiest 5km race on earth”. Participants wore white T-shirts and passed through different colored stations during the run, and colored powder was thrown from head to toe. After the participants get the T-shirts, they can use their creativity to change the clothes into their own style. Before the start of the run, there will be a warm-up instructor who will take you to warm-up preparations with the music tumbling. Color running advocates no timing and no restrictions. You can enjoy this color journey at your own pace. Run, walk or crawl, or even somersault, as long as you have fun, whatever you want! The colored powder used in the activity is made of pure natural corn flour, which is of course harmless to the human body and the environment, so there is no need to worry too much.
布莱顿同志大游行 Brighton Pride
The Brighton Gay Parade around the beginning of August every year is also very famous in the UK, and its scale is definitely not inferior to the scale of the London Parade. During Pride, there will be small celebrations, performances and friendship activities every day.