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The seaside destination of Brighton offers a fantastic mix of sea, city, and countryside. The many landmarks and City’s unique character are iconic of the British seaside, and make for instantly recognisable images More…
A wealth of experience exploring and photographing Brighton for 20 years has its advantages. See photos of the familiar sights done a little differently. All Brighton photos are skillfully printed and framed to the highest standards in the Brighton area. Talk about buying local!
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What are the best views in Brighton?
There are lots of stunning views in Brighton & Hove, but where to start? What if you’re short on time? I’m here to help, so below is my own personal rundown along with why. The following are great for budding photographers or anyone looking to enjoy the best of Brighton.
1.Hove Beach Huts
2.The Royal Pavilion
3.The West Pier
1. Hove Promenade Beach Huts
Colourful, quirky, and traditional
Follow the promenade west of West Pier and you’ll find yourself at Hove Lawns and the start of the Hove Beach Huts, hundreds of them! After Hove Lawns the huts continue again in 300 metres on in West Hove.
The beach huts started to pop-up in the 1930’s and continued to be added to over the years. Each hut has to remain in the original heritage colours but owners are permitted to go crazy with the doors and decorate as they see fit. This freedom has made Hove promenade a characterful place with stripes, spots, rainbows, bright block colours and anything you can think of.
When to visit
The promenade takes on a traditional feel on Sunday’s and Christmas Day when families have a promenade stroll along Hove’s beach huts.
Around sunset the huts can take on a magical feeling with the last of the light doing its thing.
But ultimately it’s a pleasure at any time of day.
2. THE ROYAL PAVILION
I simply couldn’t pass over the Royal Pavilion. The Pavilion and the Prince Regent are entwined with Brighton’s history and in many ways truly put Brighton on the map.
The Prince Regent, later crowned King George IV, did as many Londoners did and visited to take advantage of the health benefits of the sea and fresh coastal air. Initially living in a modest farmhouse on the site in a discrete fashion.
The Prince Regent’s holiday home didn’t stay modest for long. The large stables complex, now the Brighton Dome & Corn Exchange, was added and the farmhouse extended and re-modeled several times. The final design that can still be seen was designed by the architect John Nash – also architect of Buckingham Palace.
If you get a chance, I highly recommend a visit at the very latest to the public gardens around the Pavilion and ideally buy a ticket to go inside. The interior is spectacular!
When to visit
The surrounding gardens are open 24 x 7 and offer an ideal haven to enjoy warm sunny days. Here you’ll hear music in the breeze alongside the gentle hubbub of friends, families and tourists enjoying the peaceful green space. The soft light on slightly cloudy days or at sunset really make the pavilion stonework glow with a soft warmth the needs to be seen.
Winter visitors can make the most of the annual Ice Rink installed at the front of the Pavilion.
Entry to the Pavilion is available all year round. Save 10% by buying tickets online, or for the local Brightonians enjoy 50% off admission with proof of residence.
3. THE WEST PIER
Sure, there are no surprises with this one and for good reason! The Brighton West Pier is part of Brighton’s identity and has many stories to tell.
It’s hard to think of any other historic structure that has quite the unusual history right up to recent times. The West Pier has always been a beautiful sight nestled against Brighton beach, and somehow the pier still has its own charm even in the current charred and rusted state.
West Pier was first opened in 1866 as a leisure pier and offered its visitors a stroll out over the sea, along with performances at the theatre and music hall. The pier later fell into a state of disrepair and funding attempts to restore it were unsuccessful.
Sadly, the fire of 2003 destroyed the West Pier apart from its metal frame and one of its fortune tellers hut that survived, or so the local legend goes!
When to visit
Low tide is a great opportunity to view the pier on its sandy beach. The low tide also gives a different perspective allowing visitors to look up at the pier, and even walk right up to it on very low tides.
Starling murmurations in Autumn are a mesmerising site that draws in the crowds during late autumn. While away an hour or 2 watching this spectacle from the shore. Just wrap up warm!
Sunrise & sunset bathes the pier in warm light often with magnificently colourful skies, especially so in the winter when the sun sets and rises over the sea.