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A tourist in Brighton, England
July 2, 2012 2:19 AM   Subscribe

What are a few interesting things to do/see in Brighton, England this afternoon?

I'm taking the train from London to meet a friend for dinner and thought I'd head out a bit early to explore a little. I'm visting from Los Angeles, so it's all new to me.

I'm more of a "see a few things" than a "see all the things" sort of person. I like wandering around a bit, I require a coffee dose in the afternoon and a bookstore might also be nice.
posted by mandymanwasregistered to Travel & Transportation around Brighton, England (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Sounds like you just want a wander round The Lanes, loads of little shops and cafes.

If you leave the station, then head down the hill towards the seafront, go straight over the crossroads past the clocktower, and then take the next left, and wander from there.

You can't really go too wrong :)
posted by chrispy108 at 2:39 AM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Sit outside in the sun (if it's nice). Eat some fish and chips. Drink a beer. Go down to the sea, take a stroll to the pier.
posted by devnull at 2:49 AM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


There's a big-ish Waterstones bookstore near the clocktower that chrispy108 mentions.

Seconding taking a stroll along the pier, and maybe west along the seafront towards the other pier (the burnt-out wrecked one).

The Fishbowl pub in The Lanes does some decent fish & chips if you need some lunch.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 3:20 AM on July 2, 2012


Oh, there's also the Amnesty International second-hand bookstore, which is small but might be interesting if you like second-hand books. It's in the North Laine (which is not the same as "The Lanes" but is not very far away), which is a row of pedestrian streets full of interesting/quirky shops & cafes.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 3:49 AM on July 2, 2012


The Royal Pavilion is in between the two Lanes areas and is nice to visit.
posted by ellieBOA at 4:16 AM on July 2, 2012


It is not sunny!

You've had lots of great suggestions regarding "general thins to see", just wanted to add that the Brighton Tourist Board have just tweeted this page of free events in July on the Council website, perhaps something takes your fancy.

And yeah, you should definitely visit the North Laine (North of North Street - ha) as well as The Lanes!
posted by ClarissaWAM at 4:23 AM on July 2, 2012


Brighton has a neat sewer tour. A friend said she enjoyed it.
posted by mbarryf at 4:51 AM on July 2, 2012


Oh man, sewers in intrigue me but I don't have my shit together enough for investigation. Anyway, I'm off to my train. Thanks for hte suggestions!
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 5:24 AM on July 2, 2012


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