I’m really excited to interview Sara Darling, freelance journalist and podcast host, about Brighton, England. Sara’s tips for the best things to do in Brighton are awesome because she’s lived in the city for 20 years after moving here from Wales to be closer to the seaside. She loves the laid-back style of the beach, people, and music of the city.
Brighton, United Kingdom
Brighton is a seaside resort on the southern coast of England, located about 90 minutes south of London. It has a popular promenade lined with beach huts and delicious eateries that are frequented by locals and visitors on a beach vacation. Brighton Palace Pier offers family-friendly entertainment and amusement park rides. The British Airways i360 Observation Tower on the waterfront offers stunning views of the city and coast from 450 feet in the air.
The city offers numerous parades and festivals that you shouldn’t miss, including the Burning of the Clocks Parade, Brighton Fringe Festival, and Bonfire Night. Hove Lagoon is great for windsurfing and there’s even a zipline at the end of the beach. When you visit, you’ll see the remnants of the West Pier, which opened in 1866 and closed in 1975 due to a fire. Its metal framework is all that remains today.
We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Brighton, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.
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Getting around Brighton
The local airport is Gatwick Airport (LGW), which is about a 30-minute drive to downtown.
Sara says that, if you’re staying downtown, there’s no need to rent a car. She says that parking is a nightmare for both locals and tourists. Besides, everything is walkable in Brighton anyway. When you need a ride, Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around.
When you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.
Places we talked about on the podcast
Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Sara Darling about Brighton, England. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.
- Red dots = best places to eat in Brighton, England
- Green dots = best things to do in Brighton, England
- Yellow dots = best places to stay in Brighton, England
Who is Sara Darling?
Sara Darling is a travel writer with a gypsy soul. She has lived in Brighton for more than twenty years and likes nothing more than pootling up and down the seafront on her bicycle and people-watching in the Laines when she’s not dancing on tables or on an airplane!
Here are a few articles that she’s written:
- Cuba for beginners
- Why St Lucia Is The Next Spot For Wellbeing
- Talking Travels and Other Stuff with Sara Darling
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Stay tuned for our next episode
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If you’re planning a trip to the United Kingdom, check out our other episodes for the region:
- Hidden Pubs and Walking a Llama with Chris in Surrey, England
- Cracking the Enigma Code in Milton Keynes, England with Lindsay
- Best Things to Do in Sheffield, England with Anne Slater-Brooks
- Valhalla Museum, Tresco Gardens & Dark Skies Week on the Isles of Scilly, UK
- Winchester Cathedral, King Arthur’s Round Table & Chesil Rectory in Winchester, UK