Don’t worry, we’re not crazy – we’ve seen the weather outside and we know you’re not going to be clamouring for a Great British beach break in a hurry! However, Brighton has a lot more to offer than just its beach, and there are lots of things to do which are perfect for this time of year if you want an autumnal getaway.
Brighton is extremely well connected with its transport links, with Brighton Station currently undergoing impressive renovation works and what is often cited as the best bus system in the UK. If you are thinking of taking a coach, you will arrive in the Pool Valley coach park in the very centre of Brighton, just a stone’s throw from the beach and a minute’s walk from the historic Old Lanes. From here, there is lots to see and do within easy reach.
Autumn in the UK tends to see a lot of rain, but on a rare day of sunshine, why not take to the seafront for a stroll along the promenade? This is particularly pleasant in the mornings when there are fewer people around, and it allows you to get some snaps of the sea without braving the chilly water yourself.
Brighton has some beautiful parks, from Queen’s Park with its duck pond to Preston Park with its amazing oak and pine trees. The kids will love collecting conkers, acorns and pine cones, and it makes a lovely autumnal alternative to finding the perfect shell on the beach! The Pavilion Gardens will still be awash with colour for a few weeks for something in the centre of town.
If the weather is bad, why not visit the Royal Pavilion, complete with its stunning banquet hall and Oriental decoration? Or, if you prefer art, the Phoenix Gallery is located close to the Old Steine, or there is the Artists’ Quarter in the arches on the seafront. The Brighton Museum is filled with artefacts from Brighton’s rich history, as it originally started out as a tiny fishing village before Prince Regent transformed its image into a spa town for the wealthy.
There are plenty of pubs and bars for a cosy drink around the centre of Brighton, and Pub du Vin is particularly nice at this time of year. Or, if food is more your thing, catch one of the autumnal farmers’ markets hitting New Road in the coming months, or wander round the tiny winding streets of the Lanes to discover some really unique dining options.
You may not be donning the swimsuit for this trip, but Brighton is a wonderful destination for a weekend away at any time of year.