Over the Easter weekend I visited the beautiful seaside town of Brighton for a couple of days along with my Mum, my sister, and my niece for her 13th birthday treat.
I’ll warn you now, this post is quite photo heavy! We’d planned to have a chilled couple of days wandering around the pretty little shops in the beautiful town and eating chips on the beach, and luckily the weather was perfect and we enjoyed sunshine throughout the whole trip!
We’d booked to stay at Celebrity Apartments courtesy of the very kind owner Paul who lets out a few holiday properties in Brighton. The apartment that we stayed in was on North Street right in the town centre, opposite The Lanes and Choccywoccydoodah!
The location was perfect and couldn’t have been any better. It’s very central to everything and is only a short walk to the beach, Royal Pavilion, Brighton Palace Pier, and the Churchill Square Shopping Centre. There’s no parking at the property as it’s on the busy high street, but found cheap secure parking at the Hilton Metropole on the seafront.
The property had one bathroom and four bedrooms which meant we had a bedroom to ourselves each! I managed to bag the biggest room in the apartment, which was very spacious and had four single beds in, and the other three bedrooms contained another five beds altogether. With the sofa beds in the living room too, the apartment can sleep up to 11 people, so it’s ideal if you have a big family or a large group trip planned!
The facilities in the apartment were brilliant, as there was a fully functioning kitchen which included everything you would possibly need such as a fridge freezer, toaster, kettle, and even a dishwasher! Oh and there’s tea and coffee and even some biscuits too…
The kitchen and living/dining area was all in one large bright and airy room which makes it ideal for spending time together rather than everyone off in separate rooms. The living room has two big comfy grey sofas in with squishy cushions and cosy throws. There’s a big TV with Virgin Media cable, free fast wifi, and a little dining room table too.
The kitchen and bathroom were practically brand new and very modern. The apartment overall looked like no one had ever been there before us, it was sparkling clean! I loved the sleek cream coloured cabinets and grey splashback tiles.. such a dreamy kitchen! I had the most relaxing shower in the apartment too; I always feel like showers in nice places are such a treat compared to my drab bathroom at home!
We didn’t have any specific plans for our trip, which meant that we could wonder around aimlessly and enjoy the sights and the sunshine (also I got a new camera which meant I could test it out!).
Before we checked into the apartment we took a walk along the seafront and took a peek in the Churchill Square shopping centre. We also had a little look around the beautiful shops on The Lanes and stopped for tea and cake at a cute place called Angel Food Bakery.
We also ate chips on the beach and walked up to the pier where we each spent a few quid playing on the arcade games! This is always lots of fun no matter how old you are. The views from the pier really are stunning, and I am always amazed by how beautiful our UK beaches are. There’s lots of funfair rides, candy floss, and ice cream etc there too!
I sometimes imagine British seaside resorts to be a bit run down and grey, but Brighton is probably the most colourful and fun place I have ever visited. Especially when the sun is shining! The beach always looks beautiful and I love seeing the sea against the blue skies and the sweet stripy deck chairs on the pebbles. There’s lots to see along the seafront too, with some lively bars and cafes, cute little shops, and even a museum.
In the evening we walked around having a look at the bars and restaurants and eventually decided to stop for dinner at Ask Italian (my nieces favourite!). There are so many great places to eat in Brighton and I wish I had more time to try the local eateries.
The apartment is located on North Street which is very central to everything, and when we woke up in the morning we literally went next door as there is a Wetherspoon’s pub where we enjoyed our £4 full breakfasts! Apparently Brighton is great for a night out too! We don’t have much of a club scene in Milton Keynes, but Brighton looks like it has plenty of places to stay up all night and a great party vibe.
Just around the corner from the apartment is the Royal Pavilion which is definitely worth a look around. The gardens are beautiful and it was so lovely to see lots of tourists and locals laying on the grass enjoying ice cream in the sunshine. It was built in 1823 as a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales and has been constructed in a very Indian style with large domes similar to the Taj Mahal. It’s very striking to see in a British seaside town, and I would thoroughly recommend visiting (you can even get married there.. which would be amazing!).
Have you ever visited Brighton? What top tips do you have when visiting the town?