A Couples’ Weekend Guide to Brighton
Perched majestically on the South Coast is the much-loved seaside town of Brighton. Long revered as the ideal place to spend a bit of time with a loved one, thousands of couples flock there every year for an ideal getaway.
The town is famed for its tremendous shopping, attractions and restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a quiet, relaxing trip or an action-packed outing, Brighton can offer it all.
Brighton is located a short distance from London making it a perfect place for a weekend getaway or as an added trip as part of a longer vacation in England. This makes travel fairly easy, as long as you know where to go of course.
Getting to Brighton via train is simple. There are a number of direct routes from London. The trip from London Victoria is a mere 52 minutes, London Bridge 58 minutes and St Pancras just an hour and 16 minutes.
Brighton Station is 10 minutes from the town centre so very easy to negotiate. There are also taxis and buses lined up by the Station if you need them.
Getting there by car does of course depend on where you’re traveling from so check for the best route.
It should also be noted the local football team, Brighton and Hove Albion, play at home regularly so accounting for match day traffic is advisable. Again, this is something you might want to check before heading off.
Things to Do
Brighton is a hive of activity just waiting to be explored. With a multitude of things for couples to do, it’s almost impossible to get bored.
Looking to indulge yourself in a spot of retail therapy? You’ll be able to do just that thanks to Brighton’s impressive range of shopping facilities, from megastores to high street boutiques.
Home to an abundance of independent stores and cafes, The Lanes is one the UK’s most famous shopping districts. The narrow alleyways enhance the charm of the area and offer a retail experience like no other.
If antiques, boutiques and quaint settings are your thing, a day at The Lanes with your partner is magical.
Much more of a traditional shopping centre, Churchill Square offers all of the big names you’d expect. Get ready for your feet to ache, you’ll want to visit every shop of the indoor shopping plaza. All the usual suspects are housed here so you’re sure to find your favourite brands.
With 85 stores to explore, you’ll have to be quick to get everything you both want in one day!
Packed with over 400 shops, North Lane is one of the most vibrant areas of Brighton. There’s an alluring uniqueness encapsulated by the number of independent stores offering something for everybody, including both of you.
A couples trip to Brighton wouldn’t be complete without a stroll down one of the beautiful streets of North Laine.
Brighton is full of attractions that couples love. If you’re looking for things to do and see, there aren’t too many better places in the UK to spend a weekend.
Originally built as a retreat for George IV, the grand building is now a public attraction. There’s certainly something romantic about seeing the grand architecture as a couple. A palace full of history, it’s more than easy to gaze at the stunning style and be amazed by its attractiveness.
You’d be hard pressed to find somebody who isn’t a fan of arguably Brighton’s most famous attraction. If you’re a pair of adrenaline junkies, there’s a host of rides including a few really fast and high ones if you want to take it to the extreme. If not, a steady spin on the carousel is just as fun.
Brighton Marina is a rather elegant attraction, capturing the heart of almost everybody who visits. A fascinating blend of shops, restaurants and amusements is complemented by the serene surroundings of the waterfront. Ideal for spending a few hours with the one you love.
Home to some of the most intriguing collections, both the museum and art gallery continue to inspire and awe strike thousands of visitors each year. Very popular amongst couples looking for a touch of culture, everything from historic design to dynamic works of art are showcased in all their glory.
The Sea Life Centre
For the aquatic lovers out there, The Sea Life Centre is an amazing way to spend a few hours admiring the finest marine life. The indoor aquarium is perfect for a hand-holding experience in the company of incredible and bizarre animals.
Opened in August 2016, grab an aerial view of the South Coast from 138m high in the sky. The 360° views from the top can stretch all the way to Isle of Wight on clear days. It may even be the perfect place to pop the question…
The one unmistakable trait of the seaside is the beaches. Brighton doesn’t disappoint. Flip-flops and picnic at the ready for a relaxing day by the water.
Known for its shingles, Brighton Beach may seem a little off-putting if you’ve never been. Don’t worry though, the traditional British seafront in as pleasing as they come. There’s food, bars and ice cream stores aplenty that really enhance the great atmosphere.
If you’re feeling a little adventurous, Cliff Beach may offer something to fill the time. Britain’s first naturist beach is situated in Brighton. Of course, not to everybody’s liking but the area isn’t really viewable from the outside looking in.
Where to Eat in Brighton
Romantic weekends wouldn’t be complete without a lovely meal or two. Brighton is home to some of the finest cuisine around, with a number of great restaurants offering a fantastic eating experience.
The Camelford Arms
Based on quality and value, The Camelford Arms serves great pub food and unbelievable portion sizes. If you are fans of the good old-fashioned pub meals, you’ll find excellent value here.
The Salt Room
With an emphasis on providing the finest steaks and seafood, The Salt Room is one of Brighton’s premier restaurants. It’s one of the most popular locations in the town so your best bet is to book if you don’t want to be disappointed.
Compass Point Eatery
For a spot of lunch, Compass Point Eatery is a great choice. The menu contains a huge list of delectable bites such as sandwiches, subs and multiple breakfast options. Great food with great prices.
St Georges Restaurant
St Georges’ a la carte menu is a thing of real joy. Top of the range food in a calm environment allows for a highly romantic atmosphere for you and your partner. With great choice, there’s something for every palate.
If you two are well into spice, Wahaca is a simple way to satisfy those taste buds. The Mexican chain rustles up some very tasteful food in a beautiful and modern setting. The chain has also been recognised as the UK’s first carbon neutral restaurant.
Places to Stay in Brighton
Away from the hustle and bustle of partying groups, Brighton has a number of enchanting places to stay. Get away from all of the noise and relax together.
The Beach House
Refurbished in 2016, The Beach House is more of a group accommodation but can also be booked in conjunction with other couples who are traveling to Brighton. Complete with a number of features and amenities, the modern design is comfortable and relaxing.
My Brighton is a futuristic looking gem of a place to stay. Conveniently located in the North Laine area, it’s a short walk to many of the great shops, bars and restaurants that the town has to offer. There’s also a cocktail bar and coffee place onsite, perfect for a quick drink.
Family-run Hotel Una is a rather nice guesthouse in Central Brighton. If you’re looking to relax on your weekend away, there are massage treatments are available. What could be better than treating your loved one to a surprise stress-relieving backrub?
Not many hotels scream luxury quite as much as Drakes. Many rooms are equipped with super-comfy double beds and free standing bath tubs. Living a weekend as a king and paying a pauper’s price is as standard.
The Art Deco Flat
A throwback to the 1920s, the Art Deco Flat is gloriously laid out with classic elegance and fine furniture. The accommodation is big enough for six so if you’re heading to Brighton with another couple, it could be perfect.
Originally published on Honeymoon Always