Nik Ratcliffe, manager at our Brighton store, tells us why this city means so much to him – and why it’s well worth a visit. “Vibrant, colourful, fun and free, Brighton offers the energy of the city and freedom of the sea. It’s a unique treasure trove of things to do and places to go.
A must see in Brighton is the stunning Royal Pavilion – an amazing palace that truly captures the Brighton vibe and showcases the city’s creative past and present.
Brighton Aquarium (now Sea Life Brighton) is another gem. It’s the oldest operating aquarium in the world with modern attractions that will keep children and adults entertained for hours. What sets it apart from other aquariums is the Victorian architecture; the underground brick archways illuminated by the most stunning underwater lights make it a magical experience.
The beach is what most people first think of when you mention Brighton. It is truly a traditional British seafront that can’t help but conjurer up childhood memories. We love all the Pier has to offer from the arcade games to the traditional rides, and the best doughnuts – the smell and taste is irresistible. Next to the Pier is Brighton Wheel which is the most modern landmark in town. It boasts stunning panoramic views of the city and a lovely running commentary by Steve Coogan.
My perfect day is a visit to the North Laine conservation area where Brighton’s creativity comes alive. Here you’ll find independent shops full of unique finds, galleries, the hustle of Brighton’s trendy set and music and live performances at venues like Komedia and the Duke of York. Brighton has shaped me to be the person I am, a free spirit who can express myself to the fullest and leaves me with a special thought – Brighton: just the right amount of wrong!”