Days out in Brighton with Kids - Cheap Ideas for Days out
Brighton is one of those places that everyone should visit at least once and is a great place to have a cheap day out with kids. Brighton is on the South Coast of England only about 50 minutes away by train from the centre of London and has something for every type of tourist.
Brighton shops and the Lanes
Brighton has some of the best shopping in Sussex and has everything from a modern shopping mall to the quaint Lanes which are full of jewellers, antique shops and cafe’s. All the shopping areas are within easy reach of the main railway station and are very close to the seafront.
The Lanes is a traffic free shopping area which is full of narrow passageways with independent retailers offering you a choice of shops not found elsewhere. Some of the buildings in this area are over 400 years old but also it’s quite easy to get lost in the maze of lanes.
The North Laines used to be a run down area bordering Queens Road and North Street, but over the last 20 years has had a facelift and now houses a very cosmopolitan area full of students, bars, great shops and even houses the only vegetarian shoe shop in the UK.
Brighton Pier is the main focal point of the seafront and stretches out over 1,700 feet into the English Channel. There is free admission onto the pier where you can find everything from amusement rides to fish and chips. There is also a thriving bar at the end of the pier and a family area. There’s great views from the pier looking along the coast past Hove or down to the Marina about a mile away.
Volks Railway is a ‘must‘ for any visitors which departs from the East of the Pier every fifteen minutes. This railway has been running for over a hundred years and was the first electric railway in the world. The return fare to Brighton Marina will cost £3 and half price for children.
Brighton Marina is easily accessible by car, the number 7 bus from the city centre or via the Volks Railway. Once you get into the marina, you’ll be amazed how busy it is as the marina is also a thriving residential area as well as restaurants, shops, bars and a cinema. To get away from the crowds, it’s good to walk along the marina wall and watch the yacht’s leave heading along the coast or over to France.
Brighton has everything for todays modern tourist, with great shops, bars, cafe’s and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. The only problem you might have is not wanting to go back home again.