Brighton Weekend Breaks

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Weekend Breaks to Brighton

Planning a short break to Brighton? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Brighton. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Brighton. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

The Royal Pavilion

Some say Monstrosity and others are more subtle about this exotic building. It is completely out of place in central Brighton. What was George IV thinking when ordering it's construction?.

Perhaps Indians were just coming to Britain and he wanted to make them feel at home, but whatever the reason it certainly is stunning with it's Towers, onion shaped domes and ornate Oriental stone carvings. The interior is just as exotic and lavishly furnished in the far eastern style. There are some interesting if not disturbing wall paintings of Dragons, Gargoyles, etc.

You can go on a guided tour or go to the web site; www.royalpavillion.brighton.co.uk

The Lanes

This area of narrow, cobbled streets off East Street is very well known and one of the most popular attractions in the town. A great Olde Worlde atmosphere here where one can wander around looking at the many delights in the windows of the Jewellery or Antique shops. Which is what The Lanes are known for. Nice weather days will have the buskers out and the cafes, bistro's, pubs and restaurants put tables out to lend a European slant to the whole scene. Enjoy your shopping and maybe pop into a little shop and find a good bargain

Brighton Marina

The largest Marina in Britain is located to the east of Brighton at what is called Kemp Town. Wander through the Marina and picture yourself on board one of the spectacular yachts with the Champagne chilling, coming back down to earth, why not have fun at the large bowling alley, shop at the Hypermarket, watch the latest movies at the 8 screen cinema or go bargain hunting at the Factory outlets. The weekends are even livelier with Craft Markets, French Markets and sometimes street theatre. There are also waterfront apartments, restaurants and cafes.

Find out what's cooking here at; www.brighton-marina.co.uk

Hilton Brighton Metropole

The Metropole is an impressive Victorian structure situated in a prime beachfront position on King's Road. The hotel is a landmark and a Brighton institution. Central to just about everything the town has to offer, this is six floors of unashamed luxury, including a leisure club, conference and banqueting facilities.Restaurants, cafes and bars are to be found in the public areas and it's a nice relaxing break to pop in for tea and cake and watch the tide go out.

Check it out or book a room for a memorable break at; www.hilton.com

Komedia

Located in North Laine, this well established and popular multi roomed night club hosts well known and new comics at the weekends. There is also theatre, workshops and live music at the club. Komedia also caters for children with day time shows and there is a recommended restaurant on the ground floor for your pre or after show meal.

The earlier comedy is suitable for families, but the late night show can get a bit on the rude side, so check out the many performances at the club at; www.komedia.co.uk

Havana

You will find this stylish establishment at 32 Duke Street in The Lanes bringing a touch of Cuba to Brighton.If you want convenience food then prepare to be disappointed, so sit here , relax and enjoy the ambiance. The classy interior is decorated with dark wood and Cream coloured walls and on good days you can sit at an outside table and watch the tourists go by. There is a sophisticated atmosphere here and that extends to the service and standard of dining. The food is International and although dinner is expensive it is possible to enjoy a cafe style Breakfast or Lunch.

To obtain more info pop in to; www.thisisbrightonandhove.co.uk

The Theatre Royal

This Victorian theatre located in North Laine is another Brighton institution and seats 1000. The stunning interior is decorated in dark wood and red velvet for a truly luxurious feel.

Performances vary and could be a West End show on it's repertory run,Pantomime, Live Music, Shakespeare or a musical.The house bar is massive or you can pop next door to the Colonnade Bar to enjoy a pre or after show meal.

For coming shows and times check the web site; www.theambassadors.com/theatreroyal

Herstmonceux Castle Medieval Festival

Relive the days of Merry Old England at this annual festival held in August. The venue is to the east of Brighton at the castle. Alight at Polegate station and catch the shuttle to the castle. Over one thousand suitably dressed participants engage in jousts, sieges, longbow contests and lots of other fun activities(Exclude rape and pillage in the itinery). The medieval village provides authentic food and ales, so chuck an ox leg over your shoulder and scoff down your Mead and be transported back to when men were men and women Damsels.

For more info check out; www.mgel.com

Sealife Centre

This magnificent Victorian aquarium situated on the marina to the east of Brighton will fascinate and educate both children and adults. There is a long transparent tunnel where one can observe underwater life. The Aquarium has touch pools, demonstrations and education programmes. The seahorse display is particularly interesting and the patrons are determined to preserve the endangered species.

The web site can be viewed; www.sealife.co.uk

Naturist Beach

Purposely tucked away at the east end of Brighton beach close to the Marina, this nudist beach is the only one in the vicinity and is hidden from passing walkers by a pebble hill.

The Brighton beaches are not the greatest as there are no sandy ones just small pebbles, so lying there starkers for a while could be sore, but the sea is always refreshing in this part of the coast.

If you feel like a couple of hours of freedom with like minded people and it's a nice day then why not?

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Naturist Beach Visit - Tourist Attraction

We were pleasantly surprised by how open this beach is, just along the beach (to the west) of the Marina, some of the nudists are visible from the pavement & Volks railway when standing up, but a bank of shingle has been put there to hide those lying down. Many others like us (lads day out!) with camera/phones walked along the beach for an eyeful, but most of the nudists seemed to be gay men. We were lucky & found one very attractive oriental girl student naturist who posed for loads of pics for us.

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