A Taste Of Brighton – The Beach, Ice Cream & A Royal Palace

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Good morning everyone! I hope January is treating you well and you’ve had a great start to the new year! Recently, I’ve being doing quite a few day trips from London, trying to see as much of England as possible and I thought it was about time that I shared them with you. So first up on my list is Brighton. Englands seaside city, and home to the most delicious organic ice cream ever!

Arrival… getting there & the famous Brighton Pier

To get to Brighton, it’s super easy and takes just over an hour by train from South East London. I would recommend pre booking your tickets though, because the earlier you do it, the cheaper they’ll be. And the last thing you want is to be stranded at Brighton station at the end of the day, because all tickets back to London are sold out!

Arriving at the station early morning, I was excited to see that the sun was shining and the temperature was considerably warm for a spring day in England. Making my way through the exit, worried that the sun might disappear at any moment, I headed straight down to Brighton beach, for a little sun baking.

Missing the beaches in Australia, I was beyond excited to get my bikini on, and soak up some much needed Vitamin D on the soft white… pebbles? Okay, so this was not the beach I was envisioning. Unbeknownst to me at the time, it’s quite common for beaches this side of the world, to have pebbles instead of sand. Following the locals, I placed my towel on the pebbled ground and began to enjoy my surroundings. But after ten minutes, I was way too uncomfortable, so I opted for a nice walk along the pier instead.

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Mid Morning Exploring… the laneways, markets & organic ice cream

Next up on my agenda was a visit to the laneways. Full of vintage shops and cute boutiques, I spent a good hour here before making my way to the various street markets on offer. I mainly window shopped, but if I was richer, I definitely would have come home with bags of goodies.

Following the markets, it was time for a snack and if there’s one thing Brighton does well, it’s their food. Being a sunny day, I was craving ice cream, so I paid a visit to Brass Monkey, an ice cream parlour where their ice cream is 100% organic. My flavour of choice was orange choc chip, and it was incredible! The best ice cream I’ve ever had an my new favourite flavour.

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Afternoon Surprise… history with the Royal Pavilion 

After grabbing myself an iced coffee and a bite to eat, I made my way to the Royal Pavilion. Built as a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales, this architecture beauty is not one to be missed. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn’t a beautiful castle in the middle of the town. I didn’t pay to go inside like some visitors did, instead I sat amongst the locals on the surrounding grass area, enjoying a little relaxation time.

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There’s so much that Brighton has to offer, especially in the warmer months, so even though I only visited for the day, you could definitely make a weekend out of it.

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20 thoughts on “A Taste Of Brighton – The Beach, Ice Cream & A Royal Palace

  1. Eden Fite says:

    I’m visiting London for the first time this October and can’t wait. I would love the opportunity to get outside of London as well, and you make a great case for Brighton. I’m not too familiar with the surrounding cities near London, but imagine I could make a few really fun day trips.

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    • Nerissa Templin says:

      Yes, you absolutely could. I still want to visit Oxford, Cambridge and Windsor, I’ve heard they’re all really nice and super easy to get to from London. I’ve been to Bath and that was beautiful, but I’d suggest a weekend for that.

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  2. JC says:

    We’re actually planning a day trip to Brighton during our next trip to London! I’ve always been so drawn to it, but that might be from growing up around Brighton Beach, Brooklyn named after Brighton in the UK. Looks like such a gem and relaxing visit from the bustle of London.

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  3. Olivia Colleen says:

    What a lovely place. It looks like you had a wonderful day to explore the sea-side! That palace looks stunning, definitely some Indian architecture influences!

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  4. hayleyjones98 says:

    We lived in London for over a year and can you believe we never made it down to Brighton! We wanted to but just never got around to it! It looks lovely and your photos are beautiful

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    • Nerissa Templin says:

      I met a girl who was from Brighton and she kept telling me how beautiful it was, so I made sure I visited. And I’m so glad I did. If you ever come back, you should definitely try and get down there for a visit.

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  5. Francesca Makana says:

    I have heard of Brighton and it always sounded amazing! That ice cream from Brass Monkey looks delicious. I love ice cream any time of the year.

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  6. Candy Waltrip says:

    This place looks so beautiful and calm. I’m heading to London next month and am glad I came across your blog. I might just have to make a stop here especially to have the best organic ice cream ever!

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  7. sarahetinas3089 says:

    Oh my goodness! I took a day trip to Brighton when I was visiting London once, and it was one of my favorite parts of the whole trip! I would also recommend Boho Gelato, because they have some funky, delicious flavors that I’ve never had anywhere else!

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  8. Carly | FearlessFemaleTravels.com says:

    Oh my gosh! What month of the year were you there? It looks so sunny and warm, almost like the Costa del Sol! I could overlook all the pebbles in the world for a sunny spring day at the beach!

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