Arriving at Brighton, it seemed like every man and his dog were here too!
Trying to find a car park was hard!
We drove round and round more than once without any luck in finding a street park.
I did happen to notice a parking station sign on one of our "rounds,' and we managed to find that and park there. It was by no means full, and not that far to walk to the Beach.
There is all day pay and display parking available along Madeira Drive (between Brighton Pier and the Marina)
There are city centre car parks and NCP car parks.
A Park and Ride service is available from Withdean Stadium in the north of the city. It is signposted from the A23 and enables you to park your car and catch a bus.
Brighton Beach, and one look at it and I wondered how all those people could enjoy it!
Certainly, don't expect the Beach to yourself, there are lots and lots of people, but what I couldn't get over, was all the pebble's, not even an inch of sand. Of course they have Deck chairs to sit on, so that makes it a little better.
So, if you come from a Country where the beaches are golden or white sand, and you can have the Beach virtually to yourself, then you may just be a little disappointed with Brighton Beach!
There are some great restaurants in Brighton (and Hove). However, there have always been those that cut corners on hygiene.
It is now very easy to see which restaurants, cafes and take-aways are not so good at hygiene. Brighton & Hove Council have an inspection process that results in all food establishments having their ratings clearly visible on or near their door.
5 star means that they have excellent cleanliness. 0 stars really isn't good.
Here's a definition....as well as look-ups to check out specific restaurants:
(if the link doesn't work, search on brighton and hove council website).
Of course, you can still have a rubbish meal in a 5 star restaurant as it doesn't rate the cooking!
There can be few enjoyable pastimes which involve humiliation and bruising. Well, there is one but frankly I'm far too shy to talk about it. No, the pastime I"m referring to is the ancient art of putting up of deckchairs!
Visit a British seaside resort or venture into any decently maintained park and you'll have a good chance of stumbling across the much-loved and seldom-mastered stripy deckchair. Often left stacked for the passing tourist to unravel and open, many happy hours can be spent watching ones fellow man coming to grief when faced with this unwieldy assemblage of canvas and hardwood. The pride you feel once you've mastered the mess and overcome your ordeal is extraordinary. And believe me, by the time you've finished you'll need a sit down. Don't worry if there's nobody around to pay. Normally ticket collectors will find you and collect your money in the course of their seafront patrols. if they don't turn up you can feel free to move on unfettered by guilt.
You maybe tempted to eat your fish and chips on the edge of Brighton pier, don't as the seagulls will nick/steal your food. This happened to my boyfriend on a previous visit. Not doing that again. Bye bye to the fish and chips that we had bought!
Brighton, has crimes like any big city has, and, as it in England, good to know that during the weekend most crimes related to drinking. Unfortunately in the 35 countries and hundreds of cities that I have visited, Brighton was the only place where I was forced into a fight, so be careful out there.
If ever there was a case under the Trade descriptions Act, then this is it. 'Brighton Beach' sounds alliteratively pleasant enough, but you wont find a spec a sand anywhere (except for the little imported into children's play areas and the beach volleyball court).
Brighton beach consists of stones, stone and more bloddy stones. Not comfortable to sit on, but at least it doesnt ruin your sandwiches.
At least you can still sit on your stripey deckchair and wish you were somewhere with palm fringed beaches, overhanging coconut trees and dusky maidens walking by.
Brighton has always been known for having something of a sinister underbelly.
It is no surprisr that Grahame Greene used it as the setting for his book 'Brighton Rock'. The film of the book, made in 1947 is a classic. Well worth rooting out, it follows the violent life of 'Pinky' (played brilliantly by a young Attenborough) who ends up marrying a dippy waitress so she won't testify against him in the murder of 'Kolly Kibber'.
As part of a Newspaper promotion, as people hunted for Kolly, it spawned the line : "You'r name is Kolly Kibber, and I claim my reward !"
Let's hope you don't run into any of the modern day equilvalents of Pinky and his gang.
Brighton is well know for having a large and extensive gay scene.
Now Sourbugger is as broad-minded as the next person, but it can cause a few problems when booking a hotel on the net.
I found a very well-appointed hotel on the net, good location and price. Delighted, I read a bit more of the 'blurb'. It began by saying "We are a gay freindly hotel", no problem with that. I continued a bit further "We have an all-male sauna open until the small hours". umm, not my scence, but still, whatever. "Nobody allowed onto the hotel premises under the age of 18".
I think I will book elsewhere.
I'm saying nothing, or casting any aspertions about the sexual proclivities of VT members, but I thought you should know the urban myth surrounding Brighton.
It is said that if you want to know the next STD to explode upon the population, then look no further than what is happening in Brighton, and in particular the higher educational establishments of the town.
I could have just written that Brighton if full of wayward tarts with the clap, but that would just be openly offensive, and would not be acceptable on VT (oh damn)
Fancy a nice little swim in the sea at Brighton ? Think again. Apart from the fact it would be bloody freezing, the local water company still pump the equilvalent of 80 full-sized olympic swimming pools of raw sewage into the sea every day. It seems unbelievable in this day and age on environmental controls - but is still goes on.
The campagin against this disgusting piece of pollution is being led by the SAS - surfers against sewage, Check out the website below.
There you are, walking along the seaside, maybe enjoying a nice ice-cream on a sunny day. Perhaps arm in arm with your dearest or at play with kids or your dog. And then….*SPLAT* Some bird decided that your head and/or nice clothes look like the perfect place for a number 2 takeaway. Uggghhhh! Yukkkk!!! And there are not many public toilets in Brighton. Someone once said it was good luck. How?
Watch your step, especially around light posts and fountains.
Every Saturday night in Brighton is like something from out of the film 'The fast and the furious'. The little boy racers in thier souped up cars use the main road next to the promenade as a personal racetrack. You or/and your car are not really safe down this road. If these guys smash into your cars or other personal belongings? you can be sure that they will not stop to rectify anything, and I bet most of them have no insurance etc anyway.
The police do try and calm this down, even try to stop it, but it doesn't really make much of a difference. There are chicanes down there now, but you can guarantee that the boy racers are certainly around.
If you are afraid of heights, you may not want to explore the Brighton Pier. I am afraid of heights, and when I went, I was very fearful while walking on the wooden boardwalk planks. The planks have a very slim gap between them, but nevertheless, the gaps allow you to see the water way below you. Thus, if you are afraid of heights, think twice before going on the Brighton Pier!
The Beach in Brighton does not offer soft, clean sand, but rather painful rocks instead lining the entire beach. Thus, while it is a nice place to get some sun when it's nice out, definitely prepare for the fact that you will not be laying out on soft sand!