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  • Coastline Regency splendour
  • Coast life London-on-sea

Forget kiss-me-quick hats and candyfloss on Palace Pier – with its pretty, terraced squares, Brighton gives Bath a run for its Regency money.

The Queen gave Brighton a royal seal of approval when she promoted the seaside resort to city status a few years ago. With so much restoration work reaching fruition, it’s time to celebrate Brighton’s architectural heritage. As well as a wealth of restaurants, bars and cute boutiques, this patch of the country has an action-packed cultural programme.

Do go/Don’t go

Britain is an unpredictable blighter for weather, so don’t let that dictate when you go. Weekends can be a lot busier, especially during holidays; so, for an uncrowded romantic escape, you may prefer to go midweek.

Getting thereView map

  • Planes Gatwick Airport is about half an hour’s drive up the M23; Heathrow is about 90 minutes' drive.
  • Trains Just 50 minutes by fast train from Victoria, it's no wonder Brighton is nicknamed London-on-sea. National Rail enquiries: 08457 484950; Brighton rail station is a 10-minute stroll from the city centre.
  • Automobiles You won’t need a car if you plan to stay anchored in the city itself, but if you want to explore the coast or the South Downs your best bet is Avis in Brighton ( From the M25, take the M23/A23; the coastal route A27 links the city east and west.
  • Taxis The city is compact, with most of what you'll want to do and see within walking distance. If you do fancy a cab, there are plenty to hail, as well as taxi ranks in the city centre, the main ones being in East Street, Queen's Square and at Hove Town Hall.