Home to one of the UK's most charming coastal areas, the neighbouring communities of Brighton & Hove combine to offer a quintessential English seaside experience. Aside from the beaches and an attraction-packed pier, Brighton's Royal Pavilion is the standout attraction – a lavish 19th-century palace which sums up the city's flair for flamboyance.
A wander down The Lanes is well worth your time, with a huge variety of independent shops, restaurants and record stores huddled together along the area's small streets. Brighton is also home to Europe's largest marina, with over two kilometres of big-name boutique shops, water sports options and Brighton's very own Hollywood-esque Walk of Fame. For a unique way to reach the marina, hop aboard the Volks Electric Railway – the oldest of its kind in the world.
During warmer weather, Brighton Beach is the place to be – with troops of tourists and locals laying their towels on its pebbled shores. Getting around is easy, with an extensive bus network running throughout the city and all-day tickets (known as