Map of BrightonWith the weather starting to get a little warmer, what could be better than a weekend by the sea? With its stretching beaches, lively culture and bohemian spirit, Brighton is the perfect place to get away from it all and get a true taste of the great British seaside holiday.
Brighton is known for being vibrant and creative, and it’s a great place to soak up some culture – whether you’re into theatre, art or music. It’s also a great destination for foodies, with a number of fantastic restaurants to choose from, and offers a brilliant nightlife for those wanting to party the weekend away.

Stay at…

From self-catering guest houses to luxury hotels, there is a wealth of places to stay in this bustling town, many boasting sea views and within walking distance of all the main attractions. For a real touch of luxury, try Hotel Una, a boutique hotel where every room tells a different story. Decorated with combinations of natural textures and contemporary artwork this atmospheric hotel is sumptuous without being stuffy. In addition to the incredibly well furnished rooms, the hotel also has a fantastic bar serving cocktails, champagne and fine cognac 24/7 to guests. Alternatively, Sea Spray Boutique hotel offers a luxury package at great value. With themed rooms (from Moroccan to Elvis) this is a great location, and its award winning breakfast is complimentary to guests.

Eat at…

There are so many incredible restaurants in Brighton, that perhaps the best advice it just to wander around the cobbled streets until one of them draws you in. This coastal town is great for fresh seafood, and Fishy Fishy, the relaxed seafood brasserie in the Lanes serving up seasonal, local fish is a great place to start. Or, for those who don’t eat meat, the iconic Terre a Terre serves outstanding dishes with a creative and playful exuberance – this is a venue where vegetarianism is about indulgence, not abstinence.

Explore…

The Seaside and the famous Brighton Pier
It’s worth taking some time out of your weekend to chill out on the beach and enjoy the sunshine. Of course, if there isn’t any sunshine it’s still well worth a visit just to have a stroll along the Victorian Pier, which provides food and drink outlets, the Palace of Fun arcade and fairground attractions. If you’re looking for a more active trip and fancy some water sports, there are also plenty of companies offering sailing, windsurfing and much more.

The Dark Side of Brighton with the Murder and Mayhem Tour
This twisted tour runs every night except Sundays, and takes visitors on a walk around Brighton’s famous landmarks, where they learn the ghost stories and murderous tales of the town, including tales of Jack the Ripper. This tour can last up to two hours, so make sure to take some comfy shoes!

Brighton’s premier live entertainment venue, Komedia
Featuring the best of international and national performers, Komedia presents one of the largest and most diverse entertainment programmes in the UK, from comedy to cabaret. Not only has this venue won Best Comedy Venue in the South an unprecedented 10 times, it also serves up some great freshly prepared food at most of its seated shows.

Under the Sea, at Sea Life Brighton
With over 1,500 creatures and 50 displays, the Brighton Sea Life Centre is a great day out for all the family. Watch giant turtles and sharks swim above you in the underwater tunnel, get up close and personal with the crabs and starfish in the interactive rockpool and play hide and seek with the Giant Octopus. With free talks and feeds run throughout the day at this fun and educational centre that everyone can enjoy.

Don’t Miss…

Brighton Festival on 3rd – 25th of May
This annual festival celebrates music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events, and takes place every May across a number of venues. In its 48th year, this is Britain’s biggest curated mixed arts festival, and attracts the most innovative artists and companies to its ambitious programme.

Pride Brighton and Hove on 1st – 3rd August 2014
The annual festival returns this year bigger and brighter than ever, celebrating all that’s fabulous about Brighton and Hove. Known for its LGBT community, this is a festival that the city can be proud of, and it’s one that makes a difference, campaigning as it parties. This year the theme is ‘The World’s a Disco’, celebrating music, dance and colour from around the globe, as well as highlighting the plight of the global LGBT communities whose basic rights to live freely are denied.

Combining the best of seaside and city breaks, there’s no better place to for a fun and cultural weekend than Brighton. Planning a trip to the colourful coastal town this year? Let us know what you’ve got planned at @MapMarketingUK!

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