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It was once a tiny fishing village, but in the mid-18th century, Brighton exploded into an important seaside resort town. Since then, it's been granted city status, but Brighton still retains its seaside resort town feel, with its long pier, laden with vintage roller coasters, local chippies knocking out freshly fried cod and ice-cream vans plying the streets with their merry jingles and chocolate-topped 99s.There's more to this town than most seaside resorts, though. It's got an elegance in its rows of Georgian townhouses, boutique shops and newly opening waterfront seafood eateries. The best way to see it all? Score a Brighton B&B in the centre of the city or along the seafront and you're good to go.
Looking for something a little more personal than a hotel? The bed and breakfasts in Brighton might be just the ticket. With the rise in popularity of holiday house shares and short-term rentals, B&Bs have upped their game in recent years. Today, bed and breakfasts offer a wide range of options, catering to every taste and budget. Some are boutique properties with swish interiors, individually-designed guestrooms and trendy furnishings. Others sit along the coastline and focus on eco-chic, where the drive for a zero carbon footprint is matched by a stylish design.
Brighton bed and breakfasts typically come with a wide range of amenities. You'll find all the trappings of a modern hotel in most, such as tea and coffee making facilities, flat screen TVs and big comfy beds, as well as private ensuite bathrooms. After a day lounging on the beach or braving a dip in the English Channel, you can retreat to your home-away-from-home and settle in for a good night's rest. If you've nabbed a Brighton bed and breakfast along the waterfront, you can wake up to the sounds of the waves crashing onto the shore and look out over the ocean before heading downstairs for a slap-up English breakfast. You can check out Brighton B&Bs on Expedia, view photos of the residences and use our detailed descriptions to make your choice – then confirm your booking in no time.
There's a lot going on down in Brighton and beyond. It's your holiday, and if stretching out on the beach and catching a few summer rays is your plan, no one will stop you. That said, if you get a little restless, there's always something to keep you busy. Perhaps the most interesting attraction is the Royal Pavilion, a unique building whose Indian-inspired exterior is in complete contrast to its Chinese-inspired interior. Alternatively, you can take a break from the beach to go sky high on the British Airways i360, a spherical pod that slowly rises up over Brighton and the ocean. For a Brighton newbie, it's unthinkable not to wander along the retro Brighton Pier, an iconic landmark whose helter-skelter, mini roller coaster and arcade machines bring back nostalgic memories, for those in the right age group.
That's by no means an exhaustive list. You can see a little slice of history and view plenty of creatures of the deep in the SEA LIFE Brighton, a renovated Victorian aquarium whose modern facilities include a shark-infested underwater tunnel. When it comes to the end of the day, Brighton has no shortage of places to eat and drink. Nab a table down by the waterfront for a cold glass of fizz and some freshly caught seafood or, in winter, dive into one the cosy pubs to huddle up by the fireplace. Night owls can groove to the sounds of different music in one of the city's clubs and head back to their Brighton bed and breakfast in the wee hours. Next stop, London.