The Beach, Brighton
On hot sunny days in the summer the beach is packed - get there early to get a space! (But beware - even on the hottest of hot days, the water will be freeeeeeeeeeezing! )
There's lots here to do for everyone, childrens pool, market stalls, bars, restaurants basketball, beach volleyball, etc.
At last! A warm and dry summer's day brought travellers and locals together on the beach for some fun on the south coast! AND people (well not "people" exactly.... think foreign students who, if you were to call out, "SHARK !! Get out of the water!!" wouldn't know what you were yelling about and therefore would be unable to save themselves! :)) were swimming - in the freezing water!!!! Believe me I have nothing against foreign students .... but this thought did occur to me while I was standing on the pier.... I also thought .... They've got to get back on the coach in those wet clothes.... Oh yes... they were mostly fully clothed!! Nutters.
This little railway is the oldest 'electric' railway in the UK, and runs from just east of Brighton Pier to The Marina. Theres a stop halfway...where you can go 'crazy golf'...and once you have paid you can go on it as many times as you want that day. My nephew loved it!
The beaches and beachfront attract many travellers to Brighton. There is so much to see and do there for keeping one amused including a large choice of food vendors (especially ice-cream and fish and chips!). One of the main attractions is The Brighton Pier where there are a number of tackly amusement arcades; side stalls; food vendors; cafes and restaurants; and a fairground at the end of the pier. It's nice having a wander on the pier; soaking in the seaside atmosphere; and getting views of the beaches, beachfront and the English Channel. There is no admission fee to visit the pier.
It's nice relaxing on the beaches and watching the world go by including the seagulls!
Way ahead of it's time the Volk's electric railway has been slowly chugging by Brighton's shoreline from 1883 until the present day.
It's been extended in stages, and now stretches over a mile in roughly a straight line from the Palace pier to near the new marina area, passing the nudist beach on the way.
The open wooden carriages, brightly painted in chocolate and yellow trundle up and down all day long (easter-september). You can even get to sit alongside the driver !
With a return fare of two-pounds 50, it is also reasonably cheap diversion and certainly kept my two year old entranced for a good hour.
Looking at the website that covers the railway in such fantastic detail, it would seen that in days gone by the ride was a little more of an adventure. Parts of the route was constructed on a kind of metal viaduct, with waves sometime crashing over the little trains, soaking the occupants and the driver who sensibly wore oilskins.
Health and safety exectutives were a bit thin on the ground in those days - it certainly wouldn't happen now.
Anyone that's ever heard of Brighton must know about the nudist beach down there. I can quite honestly say that I've never been to it myself, however, I do know people who have!
A woman I used to know, called Patsy, went on the train to the nudist beach with some friends of her's one Summer's afternoon when a load of us were down there via a coach trip. Now, she is quite innocent where sex is concerned, she likes dirty jokes etc, but has never actually been with a man. But she said that the nudist beach was just full of very old wrinkly men with absolutely nothing to see in the todger department! Hmmm, maybe this should have gone in the Tourist Traps tips then?
During my stay in London I decided to go to Brighton to enjoy the sea - mainly.
Of course I searched what to do else and where to get something good to eat.
But that was just not my main purpose...
I wanted to enjoy the day out just by the sea. I walked to the Seafront right from the Brighton train station.
When I arrived there (on a very sunny and nice November day) I suddenly felt great. I could really relax just walking along the Seafront. I could even sit down to watch the water and the waves coming near.
That gave me so much new energy and I really needed it after all the hard work I had to do in my job.
It's quite a contrast to my office job.
Most of the time in Brighton I spent there...
I went on a Monday in November and could really enjoy the day at the beach - with not many people. If you could manage go on a weekday and off season - if you're lucky (like me) you will have wonderful nice weather, too...
That could be a very good opportunity to spend a relaxing day away from the big city LONDON.
Even if you don't want to spend too much money. It's worth the visit and trains run reguarly to Brighton in about 45 minutes...
Near to the remains of the west pier, in front of the fishing museum is a collection of shop units. These house an eclectic selection of artist's workshops. It's therefore not surprising that is is promoted by the tourist authorities as the ' Artist's quarter'. I'm no expert in these things, but many of the wares on offer seems to be a bit on the 'traditional side'. Plenty of piers and sunsets over the english channel. No thanks.
On the plus side, there are also a number of trendy bars tucked into and under the promenade. Perhaps the thought of purchasing an expensive piece of art becomes a bit more likely after imbibing a few.
It would have to be said that the 'beach' at Brighton is something of a let-down. It is fact covered in stones.
The only bit of sand can be found in the Children's play areas, or if you are alot more athletic minded than me - in the new Beach Volleyball courts that have been created. The British team can now practice during the chiller months, and various formal and informal competitions add an extra bit of zingy interest in the summer.
It may be a little bit of Rio that has parachuted onto the Sussex coast, but there are some differences. With the English weather howling along the coast, the players will need to wear rather more than the regulation 'dental floss' worn by players on the Brazilian sands of Rio.
Odd sport, Beach Volleyball. The first sport to sell out at the olympics, and a sport where there are far more armchair experts than players. Can't imagine why.
This is a great little museum just next to the beach front underneath the arches. It has all old fashioned penny mechanical machines from the 1950's and 60's here, probably even a lot earlier?
There is a machine with a woman that tells your fortune, remember the film 'Big' with Tom Hanks? There are the old look through machines that show the barely naked ladies, known as "what the Butler saw" The laughing Sailor, little Dolls houses with moving scenes, and many other wonderful old attractions. A really great experience for an historical must see!
Although the weather was not very good in May, I noticed some people were dipping their legs and bodies in the water. I guess they were freezing, or maybe this is some kind of a local custom ;) Well, it was funny to look at them and take some photos. The view was very pleasant and nice.
You do not really associate England with a beach life ha? True, but Brighton is not exactly an average English city, the same as they do not even have a real good football team here, and that is understandable, I guess the guys here instead of training on the pitch they are laying on the beach ;-)
Go down the beach and visit the famous pier of Brighton. Enjoy on a trip on the Brighton wheel. Or just go swiming in the freezy sea. It's may a bit cold but I'm sure you will really enjoy your day down the beach. There is no sand (it's a stone beach), so you can walk directly on the cost - without grabbing sand out of your shoes time by time.
Please note: The things I said about the temperature aren't just for joke. Take always a good jacket and an umberella with you - cause, as you know: The weather in the UK is never safety, even the sun is shining at the moment.
While not as nice compared to other beaches in Europe, the "beach" at Brighton is a nice place to soak in some rays when the weather is pleasant (spring and summer mostly). Beware that there isn't soft sand to sit and walk on - instead there are a bunch of dark rocks that span the entire beach. However, in the summer, you will lots of people sunning on the beach in Brighton. It is a very popular destination in Brighton, especially for those choosing to holiday in Brighton. Be careful in the winter: Brighton Beach is extremely cold and windy - some of the fiercest winds I've ever experienced!
Take a donder down the beach when in Brighton, it sure ain't sandy but it is clean looking and believe it or not you can get comfy on those peebles.
I quite liked it although i did'nt venture near the sea, looked a tad chilly.